Regional Digest


In Harford County

Man, 27, charged in 3 bank robberies

CHURCHVILLE - A man sought in three area bank robberies was arrested yesterday after a high-speed chase on Route 155 in Churchville, the Harford County sheriff's office said.

Canine units found Gerard Antonio Hatton, 27, hiding in bushes near the 1400 block of Stepney Road, where, police say, Hatton had fled his car after officers cordoned off the area. He was arrested about noon, minutes after a BB&T; bank in Churchville was robbed, and was charged with two counts of armed robbery, three counts of robbery and three counts of theft over $500, said Edward Hopkins, the Harford County sheriff's spokesman.

Hatton of Chesapeake, Va., is suspected of robbing the same bank at 2900 Churchville Road last month and a BB&T; branch in Bel Air in October, the spokesman said. Hatton is also wanted for violation of probation in his hometown, the Chesapeake sheriff's office said.

In Montgomery County

Carjacker sentenced to 40 years in prison

ROCKVILLE - A judge has sentenced a Calvert County man to the maximum of 40 years in prison for a carjacking and assault last year in which he led police on a winding chase from Potomac to Bowie with two young children in the back seat.

Carl E. Jones, 32, of Chesapeake Beach was convicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court of assault and carjacking in May. He faces charges of assault and kidnapping in Anne Arundel County, where the high-speed police chase that spanned five jurisdictions ended. Defense attorneys have said Jones was high on drugs at the time.

Jones had fled Baltimore in a stolen car. When he reached Potomac, he forced a woman out of her Mercedes sport-utility vehicle and drove back toward Baltimore with the woman's 3-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter in the SUV. He evaded several roadblocks before ramming a police cruiser on U.S. 50 near Bowie.

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