Three men charged with M&T robbery remain in detention center

Charges were dismissed and bail reduced for man believed to be driver

April 06, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- Three men charged in connection in the March 8 robbery of the M&T Bank branch at 930 Dual Highway remained in the county detention center Tuesday following preliminary hearings in Washington County District Court.

Darnell Edward Stewart Sr., 49, of 9207 Eldon Drive, Clinton, Md.; Leroy Robinson, 59, of 6908 Trowbridge Place, Fort Washington, Md.; and Keith Darnell Wilson, 38, of 103 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C., initially were each charged with armed robbery, robbery, using a handgun in commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun illegally, theft of under $10,000 and three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to the statement of charges.

The charges were unchanged for Robinson and Wilson following the hearings, but the felony charges of robbery, armed robbery and first-degree assault against Stewart were dismissed, Assistant State's Attorney Liz Carranza said Tuesday after the hearings. Carranza said the felony charges against Stewart were dismissed because he was believed to have been the driver and to have stayed outside of the bank during the robbery.


Hagerstown Detective Tammy Jurado testified for the state at the hearings, Carranza said.

Bail for Robinson was unchanged at $600,000 and Wilson's bail was kept at $500,000, Carranza said. Stewart's bail was reduced from $500,000 to $135,000 after the felonies were dismissed, she said.

The Hagerstown Police Department received a report of an armed robbery in progress at the bank at 10:55 a.m., according to the statement of probable cause. The first officer to arrive went to the rear parking lot of the bank where he saw two men walking quickly toward a parked Chevrolet pickup registered to Stewart, the statement said.

The officer drew his weapon and ordered the men to the ground, according to the statement. Police found a loaded .357-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver near a vehicle parked behind the truck, the statement said.

The two men later were identified as Stewart and Wilson, the statement of probable cause said.

Other officers arriving at the scene saw another man walking at a fast pace toward Manor Drive, according to the statement. The man refused to stop when ordered to do so by police and hid in a group of trees, where he was seen "frantically trying to remove the jacket he was wearing," according to allegations in the statement.

"I didn't rob the bank. I just found the stuff on the ground and was looking through it," the man said when he was taken into custody, according to the statement of probable cause.

Police found a green bag with red stains nearby and a loaded Colt .38-caliber special in the pocket of the jacket the man removed, the statement said.

The man was identified as Robinson, according to the statement.

The statement of probable cause said two masked suspects entered the bank at 10:54 a.m. pointing handguns at the employees and customers, who were ordered to walk in a group behind the bank counter and through several doors to a room. They were told at gunpoint to lie face down on the floor, the statement said.

The bank vault had three doors and three of the employees with keys to the doors were ordered to open the vault, the statement said. Some of the money taken from the vault contained a red dye packet, according to the statement.

Carranza said the cases of Wilson and Robinson will be bound over for Circuit Court. Stewart will be scheduled for trial in District Court on the remaining misdemeanor charges, but no date has been set, she said.

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