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Baltimore County police identify, charge suspect in PNC Bank robbery

Baltimore County police have arrested and charged a man in the robbery of a PNC Bank in Towson on Sunday.

Police say the man, who was identified Monday as Melvin McDougald, 54, of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, led officers on a pursuit through several precincts before he was stopped in Owings Mills. He is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, theft and use of a firearm in a robbery, police said.

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Police were called just after 1 p.m. about a robbery at the bank located inside a Giant Food grocery store in the 6300 block of York Road, said Andrea Bylen, a police spokeswoman.

Police said the suspect entered the bank and displayed a handgun and note demanding money to the teller. Police said he was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the scene.

Towson patrol officers, robbery detectives and members of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force also responded to the scene in a cooperative investigative effort. They determined that the suspect vehicle was a black GMC Yukon and shared that information across the county precincts, police said.

Patrol officers canvassing the area located the possible suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the suspect drove away. McDougald disabled the front right tire of the Yukon, bringing the pursuit to an end at Reisterstown Road and McDonogh Road in Owings Mills just before 2:30 p.m., Bylen said.

“It was quite lengthy, but there were thankfully no injuries as a result,” Bylen said.

Mike Verrillo, who works at the Cravin Done Right restaurant at the Valley Village shopping center on Reisterstown Road, was throwing away cardboard boxes outside when he heard screeching tires and saw a black Yukon rushing down the street. Police cars were close behind and a helicopter was flying overhead.

The truck turned off of Reisterstown Road onto the side street Craddock Lane. He then came down another side street back onto Reisterstown Road before he was stopped and police arrested him. Part of the truck had jumped the curb.

“The car was smoking and the front tire was pretty much gone,” Verrillo said.

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The FBI Violent Crime Task Force aided county officers on the ground and Maryland State Police was on hand to assist in the air during the apprehension. McDougald was taken into custody without incident. The gun and cash were recovered inside his vehicle, police said.

He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing Tuesday.

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