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Two face multiple charges after bank robbery

June 06, 2009

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Two men face multiple charges in a robbery Friday afternoon at M&T Bank at 10721 Fairway Lane south of Hagerstown, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

John Christopher Thompson, 40, of 9355 Morning Walk Drive in Hagerstown, was charged with robbery, felony theft, assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit felony theft, police said.

Juan Jamal Johnson, 37, of 236 Rubens Circle in Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit felony theft and possession of a fictitious driver's license, police said.

A heavy-set man walked into the bank about 4:15 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, claiming to be armed, police said in a press release.

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He left with more than $3,000 in a gray Ford Expedition with Maryland registration plates, Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare said.

The SUV was stopped on Rench Road, off Sharpsburg Pike, by Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore. Within moments, Mullendore was joined by Maryland State Police troopers and Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies.

The stop was the first bank robbery stop Mullendore has made since he became sheriff more than two years ago.

"I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Mullendore said Friday.

All of the money taken in the robbery was recovered and no one was injured, police said.

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