Federal authorities announced yesterday that they had arrested a third suspect in a College Park bank robbery believed to be an elaborate inside job, but they still lack an important piece of evidence: the money.
The amount taken from the State Employee Credit Union in Prince George's County was not disclosed in detailed court papers filed yesterday, but an attorney for one of the suspects said a quarter- to a half-million dollars has not yet been recovered.
"They are pressing my client for the money," said Warren E. Brown, attorney for Marques William Boyer Sr., 25, of the 3700 block of Springdale Ave. in Baltimore, who was arrested yesterday.
Brown said his client denies any involvement in the Thursday robbery that brought a police SWAT team to a strip mall on U.S. 1 for what authorities believed was a hostage situation. In court documents, Boyer said he was playing basketball at the time.
Special Agent Larry Foust, an FBI spokesman, would only say that the money taken during the robbery has not been found. He declined to confirm or deny the reported amount.
Two suspects -- Robert Earl English, 23, of Baltimore, and Boyer -- were ordered detained until a bail hearing tomorrow at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Each is charged with bank robbery.
English's girlfriend and the head teller at the credit union, April Montague, 23, of Columbia, was ordered released from custody on the condition that her parents put up their home as collateral. A judge also ordered that Montague, also charged with bank robbery, remain at her parents' home and be monitored electronically.
English and Montague were arrested Saturday. Boyer surrendered at his lawyer's Baltimore office yesterday.
Court documents filed yesterday say the robbery occurred about 5 p.m., two hours after the bank closed. They charge that Boyer, armed with a revolver, was let into the bank and then ordered two employees to crawl on their hands and knees into the vault.
The FBI said one of the employees was Montague, who they charge opened locked compartments in the vault for Boyer. Police said the second, unidentified employee, whom they described as a victim, was able to use the automated teller machine to signal a customer outside the bank.
"The victim was able to compose a note on an ATM receipt that advised the customer of the ongoing robbery and asked the customer to call the police," the FBI affidavit says.
The documents say the same customer later saw Boyer "dragging a large black bag across the parking lot of the credit union" and putting it inside a beige Ford Taurus, which they said had been rented by English in Reisterstown. Police said they found the car near Boyer's Baltimore house.
Pub Date: 5/05/98