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FBI: Man suspected of Towson area bank robberies dies in fire

The FBI is looking for a man they suspect robbed four banks recently.
The FBI is looking for a man they suspect robbed four banks recently. (Courtesy of the FBI)

A man suspected of robbing four Baltimore County banks died in a fire during a standoff with law enforcement, according to the FBI.

Members of the FBI Baltimore Violent Crimes Task Force tried to arrest the man, who was wanted for four robberies in the Towson area in the last two weeks, Sunday night.

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The man was noncompliant with officers, said FBI Baltimore spokesman Dave Fitz. He barricaded himself in the basement of a house on McGrady Road in Rising Sun. The house caught fire, and the suspect was found dead inside.

The FBI is not releasing the man’s name until his family is notified. The state’s fire marshal office is investigating the cause of the fire, Fitz said. No one else was injured.

The FBI had previously enlisted the public’s help in locating the man. They offered a $5,000 award for information leading to his arrest.

In each of the four incidents, officials said, a man entered the bank, announced a robbery using a demand note and fled on foot.

A suspect robbed two banks on Friday both in Towson: the SunTrust at 1608 East Joppa and a MECU branch at 8507 Loch Raven Boulevard.

He also is believed to have robbed the M&T Bank at 8200 Harford Road in Parkville on Oct. 30 and the M&T Bank at 8813 Waltham Woods Road in Parkville on Nov. 3.

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