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Attorney: Charges dropped against Boonsboro man mistaken for bank robber

Charges against Brandon Lee Rohrer stemmed from the May 10 robbery of the Susquehanna Bank in Hagerstown

June 13, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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Charges have been dropped against a Boonsboro man whose attorney said a case of mistaken identity led to his client being wrongly accused of robbing a Hagerstown bank last month.

During a hearing that lasted only a few minutes Thursday in Washington County District Court in Hagerstown, Judge R. Noel Spence dropped the charges against Brandon Lee Rohrer, 24, that had stemmed from the May 10 robbery of the Susquehanna Bank at 940 Frederick St.

Rohrer had been charged with one count each of robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to under $10,000.

Rohrer was not present at the hearing, but his attorney, John Salvatore, said afterward that a bank teller mistakenly identified Rohrer as the robber.

Salvatore said Rohrer, who was a customer at the bank, deposited a check at about 2:30 p.m. on May 10.

The bank was robbed about 90 minutes later.

Salvatore said a bank teller incorrectly identified Rohrer as a suspect after a “couple days of reflection.”

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Rohrer was served a warrant on May 16. Later that day, he was released from Central Booking after posting a $100,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Salvatore said other tellers who were at the bank on the day of the robbery told police that Rohrer wasn’t the robber.

Rohrer’s family also provided police an alibi, saying he was asleep on a recliner at his parents’ home on May 10 when the robbery occurred, Salvatore said.

“People also saw his car at (his parents’ house),” Salvatore said.

And the robber, who was wearing a white bandana over his face, was dressed differently than Rohrer on the day of the robbery, Salvatore said. Rohrer also had a more muscular build.

The robber was 6-feet to 6-foot-2-inches tall with a thin build, according to police. He was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and round sunglasses.

The robber did not show a weapon, but handed the teller a note demanding money, police said at the time. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Salvatore said the bank was robbed again about two weeks after the robbery on May 10.

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