Suspect arrested after attempted robbery at Hagerstown bank

Second suspect was being sought Saturday

Second suspect was being sought Saturday

November 24, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN


Police arrested one man and were seeking another after an attempted armed robbery Saturday morning at Susquehanna Bank on Salem Avenue.

While one suspect surrendered immediately after fleeing the bank, the other led police on a chase through the West End of Hagerstown before escaping, Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

No money was taken and no one was injured during the attempted robbery, which occurred before 9 a.m., Kifer said.

The two men followed a Susquehanna employee into the bank before it opened and went through drawers and cash registers, police said. They also demanded that the employee open the vault, but the employee could not.


When police arrived, the two men fled the bank, Kifer said.

David Wilbert Shanton Sr. 52, surrendered after a brief foot chase, police said. Shanton was armed with a handgun, but laid it on the ground before surrendering, police said.

Shanton was charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft, use of a handgun in a felony, theft and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, police said.

Kifer said that Shanton is a felon, but would not give further information on his police record. Kifer also said no address was available for Shanton.

The Hagerstown Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police searched for the second man for several hours Saturday morning and afternoon, Kifer said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter could be seen circling the city Saturday morning.

Officers with the Hagerstown Police Department chased the second man through a wooded area and across Marshall Street before losing him, Kifer said.

Shortly after police lost the man, an armed carjacking was reported on Glenwood Avenue, which is just north of Western Heights Middle School across Marshall Street.

Kifer said police believe it was the same man.

The carjacked vehicle, a Ford Focus, was found on St. Clair Street, and a K-9 unit tracked from the car to an alley off of Jonathan Street, Kifer said.

Police searched a house that they thought the suspect might be hiding in, but found nothing, Kifer said.

Police will review evidence at the bank and talk to witnesses.

Police were looking for a black man, described as about 5 feet 2 inches tall, thin and in his late teens. He last was seen wearing a black stocking over his face, a black parka, black pants and a baseball cap, Kifer said.

Kifer said he was pleased with the participation of multiple law enforcement agencies.

"They were instrumental today," Kifer said. "Really a lot of help on a day when we needed it."

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.

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