7 men charged after 2 banks are robbed in Anne Arundel

Suspects in two bank robberies led police on chases through Anne Arundel County yesterday afternoon that ended with seven people arrested and charged in connection with the holdups, police said.

Lt. David Waltemeyer, a police spokesman, said detectives did not know whether the robberies were related, and he praised witnesses for their assistance.


Police gave this account:

The first bank robbery took place at 2 p.m. at BB&T; Bank, 2078 Generals Highway in Annapolis, when a man handed a "demand note" to a teller. After being handed cash, he left.


The getaway car was spotted on Chinquapin Round Road near West Street. When an officer tried to stop it, the driver rode off. Police pursued the car onto eastbound U.S. 50, where it was stopped at Whitehall Road.

Four occupants were arrested, but one was later released. Charged with robbery and theft over $500 were Montez Lamont Coleman, 31, and Keith Leon Parker, 37, both of no fixed address; and Denekio Nylando Crowdy, 31, of the 1200 block of Stonewood Court in Annapolis.

The second robbery took place about 2:20 p.m. at 1st Mariner Bank, 366 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Several men, at least one armed with a gun, entered the bank and took cash.

A witness told police that though the suspects appeared to have gotten into a small car, they switched to a silver sport utility vehicle. Police spotted that vehicle on Ritchie Highway near Jumpers Hole Road. It rode north on Ritchie to Ordnance Road, where the occupants bailed out.

The suspects ran to the area of Glen Burnie Mall, where three were captured. The fourth - who hid in a drain pipe - was caught a short time later.

Charged with armed robbery and related offenses were: Timothy Eugene Sims Jr., 27, of the 8900 block of Stonecreek Place in Pikesville; and Baltimoreans Gregory Eason, 25, of the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd.; Joseph Alexander White, 31, of the 1900 block of W. Baltimore St.; and Lawrence Everette Hill, 36, of the 3600 block of W. Forest Park Ave.