'America's Most Wanted' visits area

December 05, 1996


Staff Writer

Camera crews from "America's Most Wanted'' television show were in Washington County Wednesday, filming segments on a Sept. 13 armed robbery of a Boonsboro bank.

The show highlighting the case and the search for Asa King is expected to air on the Saturday night Fox TV show later this month.

King, 36, is a convicted murderer who escaped from a New Jersey prison more than a year ago, police said.

Crews filmed at the bank, at the site where a man believed to be King bailed out of the getaway car and of some evidence recovered by Washington County sheriff's deputies in their investigation, according to Sheriff's Department Sgt. Roy Harsh.


Harsh said King has been known to identify himself as Gilberto Santia Maldonado, a 35-year-old Washington, D.C., resident.

King is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, bald with a black beard and brown eyes.

He was serving a 99-year sentence for murder in the Bayside State Prison when he escaped Oct. 1, 1995, Harsh said.

Filming was also done at that prison, Harsh said.

Charged in the bank robbery was Tyreese Charlee King, 17, of 121 W. Bethel St. She was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, felony theft, use of a handgun in a violent crime and carrying a concealed weapon.

She was released on $20,000 bond pending trial.

There were no injuries in the 2:46 p.m. robbery of the Hagerstown Trust Bank in Boonsboro. The robbers got away with a moderate amount of cash, deputies said.

Witnesses had pointed out the car to the manager of the True Value Hardware across the street from the bank, and he followed in his vehicle, calling police on his cellular phone.

Witnesses had said the robber jumped into the trunk of a car that then headed out of town on Alternate U.S. 40.

When Tyreese King was later arrested, there was no one in the trunk of the car, police said.

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