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A 25-year-old man wanted in connection with the April 6 robbery of a Bank of America branch in Columbia has been accused of trying to rob a Mobil station in Ellicott City at knifepoint Monday.

Howard County police and the FBI are searching for Vernon Thomas "Billy" Williams of no fixed address on warrants charging him in the two incidents. Williams is charged in a federal warrant with bank robbery and in a state warrant with attempted robbery, assault and attempted theft, officials said.

Williams is considered "armed and dangerous," Howard County police said.

On April 6, three men, one with a gun, robbed the Bank of America branch in the 9200 block of Old Annapolis Road and fled in a green Chevy Caprice, which has been recovered. Two men, Herbert McDowell, 29, and Ketorus Gooding, 26, both of Baltimore, have been charged in the case, an FBI spokesman said. The robbery was captured on surveillance video.

On Monday, a man walked into the Mobil station in the 4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive, showed a knife and demanded money, police said. When he tried to reach into the cash register, the clerk slammed the drawer shut and the man ran from the building, police said. The Mobil station robbery also was captured on surveillance video, police said.

Anyone with information on Williams is asked to call the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-3200 or the FBI at 410- 265-8080.

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