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Two get Crime Solvers awards

February 12, 2003|by ASHLEY GORDON

Clear Spring resident Bob Davis and Anna Summers of Big Pool were rewarded by Washington County Crime Solvers in December for their aid in the arrest of a man charged with an armed bank robbery July 9, 2002, in Clear Spring.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Roy Harsh and Deputy Johnny Marshall worked on the case. Anthony John Holliman, 24, of no fixed address, has been charged with the robbery.

Dan Dwyer of Crime Solvers said even though the witnesses worked directly with the police instead of calling Crime Solvers, they were given awards of $100 each by the organization for their help in making an arrest.

"That award isn't much for the incredible work they did," said Dwyer.

Summers was about to pull away from the teller's window at F&M Bank in Clear Spring, when she saw a man with a gun crossing the street to enter the bank, she said.

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"I drove straight over to the Amoco station when I saw that," said Summers, who said she remained calm.

"I know everyone at that bank and I was worried about them," said Summers.

At the Clear Spring Amoco across Md. 68 from the bank she told everyone about the robbery and asked the cashier to call 9-1-1.

As that was happening, Davis, his nephew Adam and two other customers saw from the shop window the man with the gun run out of the bank with a bag, Davis said.

Davis said he pursued the red car that the man drove away in for at least 8 miles onto eastbound Interstate 70. He said he called his daughter who was at the register of the Amoco station and asked her to give his location and a description of his black Toyota and the red Geo to the police.

He kept pace with the car and moved in front of the robber until his speed and his waving out the window caught the attention of a Maryland State Police trooper.

Thanks to the information Davis gave police, Holliman was arrested after a pursuit by county and state police when his car crashed on the Interstate 81 southbound on-ramp, Harsh said.

"He was trapped in a hole between the 81 south and north exits by the guardrail," Davis said.

"I was fine in the beginning, but I was shaking like a leaf when it was over," said Summers who had stayed at the Amoco station. She said she was glad she was on hand to help her friends at the bank.

Davis said he was "glad he was there," and said he would do it again.

Holliman also was charged with the July 3 robbery of the Bulldog Federal Credit Union in Hagerstown, according to Joe Evans, prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore.

Holliman faces federal charges of armed robbery of both banks, and his trial date is scheduled for March 10, Evans said.

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