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Authorities arrest robbery suspect after photo airs


Within hours of airing a television request Saturday night for help in solving seven bank robberies in Maryland, authorities arrested a man yesterday at a motel in East Baltimore.

FBI agents and Baltimore City and Baltimore County police arrested Floyd Vines, 45, about 9: 30 a.m. at the Deluxe Plaza Motel in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway, said FBI spokesman Peter A. Gulotta Jr.

The Maryland U.S. attorney's office ordered Vines held pending an appearance tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where he is to be charged with robbery in connection with an incident at the White Marsh branch of NationsBank in the 4300 block of Ebenezer Road on Jan. 9, Gulotta said.

Gulotta said authorities received a tip about 11: 30 p.m. Saturday after a bank surveillance photo of an unknown suspect was aired on Fox 45's "Maryland's Most Wanted."

Gulotta said Vines is also a suspect in five other robberies: at NationsBank branches on Sept. 23 in Essex, Oct. 16 in Mount Airy, Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 in Upper Marlboro, and Dec. 23 in Parkville. He is also a suspect in a robbery of Parkville Federal Savings and Loan on Dec. 31, Gulotta said.

Pub Date: 1/18/99

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