D.C. man is held in W.Va. bank robbery

November 14, 1996



Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man made off with $1,650 after he walked into a One Valley Bank branch along W.Va. 9 in Baker Heights Thursday morning and handed a clerk a note saying "I will shoot" unless she gave him cash, according to West Virginia State Police.

Police stopped the man about 30 minutes later on Van Clevesville Road just across the Jefferson County line, said Sgt. Jack Hockman.

The man did not resist officers, and the money was found in the back seat area of the car, troopers said.


Elvin Emanuel Campbell, 40, of 2301 11th St, Apt. 902, Washington, D.C., was charged with armed bank robbery, a felony that carries a punishment of between 10 to 25 years in prison, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Campbell was being held Thursday night at the Eastern Regional Jail east of Martinsburg on $100,000 bond, officials said.

It was the second bank robbery in the Tri-State area within two days. Police arrested a Hagerstown man Wednesday in a robbery that morning at the Hagerstown Trust Co. branch at 19922 Jefferson Boulevard. The suspect led police on a high-speed chase through Hagerstown's North End before crashing his car into a fence near the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, police said.

Police said the suspect in Thursday's bank robbery in Berkeley County had been given a ride to One Valley Bank by two friends, who also were from the Washington area. They were on their their way to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Berkeley County, where Campbell had business, Hockman said.

The two people had given Campbell rides to the hospital before, police said.

One Valley Bank's Baker Heights branch is near the entrance to the VA.

The robber went into the bank at about 9:24 a.m.

The man and woman riding with Campbell apparently had no idea what happened, Hockman said. After the suspect came out of the bank, the three drove to the VA hospital, where the suspect allegedly bought clothes in a hospital canteen and changed, police said.

VA police spotted the car in the hospital's parking lot and followed it on Van Clevesville Road until state police could catch up in the pursuit, Hockman said.

About 10 police officers from Jefferson and Berkeley counties quickly converged on the car after it was pulled over, Hockman said. No weapon was recovered, police said.

Police did not identify Campbell's two friends, and they were not charged.

"They've cooperated fully with us," said Hockman.

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