Man charged in a December bank holdup to undergo psychiatric examination

August 08, 2013|By DON AINES |
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A man charged in a December 2012 bank holdup entered a guilty plea to armed robbery this week in Washington County Circuit Court, but sentencing was deferred until the defendant undergoes a psychiatric examination to determine if he was criminally responsible.

Charles Sylvester Bolden III, 47, of no fixed address was charged with the Dec. 5, 2012, holdup at the Columbia Bank on Wesel Boulevard, according to charging documents filed by Hagerstown police.

He entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Washington County Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Thursday.

On Dec. 5, a man entered the bank and used a withdrawal slip to write a note, the charging documents said.

The note he handed to a teller read: “I got a bomb a my bag. Gave me the money,” the documents said.

“Yes, I have a bomb,” the robber told the teller, the documents said.

He fled the bank with $7,300, the documents said.

The man earlier had been seen outside the bank near the drive-through lane talking to a woman in a car, the documents said.

Bolden was developed as a suspect and identified by bank personnel as the robber from a photographic array, the documents said.

If Bolden is found criminally responsible, he would face a state prison sentence. If found to be not criminally responsible, he would be placed into a secure mental health facility until he is found to be no longer a danger to himself and others, Creeden said.

A hearing to determine whether Bolden is criminally responsible had not been scheduled as of Thursday, court records said.

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