Suspected Maryland bank robber nabbed in California

February 13, 2019

A Washington County man who led Somerset County police on a manhunt after robbing two Maryland banks is now in custody.

Sgt. Michael Ross, of the Maryland State Police Western Regional Criminal Enforcement Division, said that 57-year-old Charles Gibson Jr. was taken into custody Thursday in California.

Ross said the Maryland State Apprehension Team had been working with U.S. Marshals Service and pinpointed an area where Gibson was located. Ross said there was an active warrant for him in Los Angeles as well, however, he did not have details on that case. He is being detained at the High Desert Detention Center in San Bernardino awaiting extradition.

He said that although it has not been confirmed, it sounds like Gibson will be extradited to Maryland first.

Maryland police had an active warrant for Gibson’s arrest for bank robberies in Friendsville and Grantsville on Dec. 13. He was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of theft of less than $1,000.

After the robberies, police in Somerset spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop along Route 219 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Police searched for hours without finding Gibson.

As a result he was charged with recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and fleeing or attempting to elude police.

While in Somerset, Gibson broke into a home along Russett Alley and stole clothing and a vehicle, according to police. He was charged with burglary, theft and other counts.

A day later Gibson allegedly entered the Huntington bank in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and passed a note to a teller demanding money. He did not show a weapon and fled.

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