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Hagerstown Trust branch robbed

March 22, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Fewer than 20 minutes after the Hagerstown Trust bank on Wesel Boulevard was robbed Thursday afternoon, police arrested a man in a wooded area about a mile away and charged him with the holdup.

Colin Barret Walker, 23, whose last known address was in Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with one count each of robbery and theft.

Bond of $100,000 was set on the charges related to the bank robbery and $2,000 bond was set for two unrelated outstanding warrants, a bond commissioner said Thursday.

Hagerstown City Police Lt. Rick Johnson said a man entered the Hagerstown Trust branch on Wesel Boulevard just before 1 p.m. and gave a teller a paper bag and a note demanding cash.

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The teller complied, and the robber took off on foot. The teller then locked the door and pulled an alarm that notified authorities, Johnson said.

Witnesses at nearby businesses called in sightings of a man fitting the description of the robber and police cornered him at the Burhans Boulevard overpass south of Wesel Boulevard, Johnson said.

Seeing a police officer, the man headed south into a wooded area, he said.

City Detectives George Brandt and Shawn Schultz chased the man on foot and caught him shortly afterward. Money was found in his pocket, Johnson alleged.

Johnson refused to disclose the amount of money taken from the bank.

Teamwork among the uniformed patrol and criminal investigation divisions helped police make a quick arrest, Johnson said.

"They did a tremendous job," he said.

Johnson also gave credit to the public for calling in information.

Hagerstown Trust spokesman Dave Barnhart praised bank employees for following procedures and remaining calm.

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