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Police search for Maryland bank robbery suspect in Somerset

December 14, 2018

DAILY AMERICAN

A suspect in two Garrett County, Maryland, bank robberies was being sought by police Thursday in Somerset.

Pennsylvania State Police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop along state Route 219 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to a tweet by Troop A public information officers. Troop A includes Somerset County and the Somerset state police barracks.

Police said the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Troopers concentrated their search on an area between Route 281 and Forward Boulevard in Somerset Township, just northeast of Somerset Borough. Area churches were reportedly placed on lockdown.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Maryland State Police responded to an armed robbery call from the First United Bank along First Avenue in Friendsville, Maryland. Troopers obtained a description of the suspect and initiated a search, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police.

About an hour later, troopers responded to a call for an armed robbery at the M&T Bank along Main Street in Grantsville, Maryland. Interviews with victims and photos from both banks indicated the same suspect was involved, according to police.

Witnesses told police the suspect entered the banks and presented employees with a note that indicated he had a gun. No weapon was observed, and no one was injured.

Police described the suspect as a white male who was wearing a dark-colored jacket over a hooded sweatshirt, a dark hat and dark-framed glasses. Police said he was driving a blue Kia Forte.

Pennsylvania State Police spotted a vehicle matching the description a short time later in Somerset County. The search also involved Somerset Borough police, a K-9 unit and Pennsylvania Game Commission officers.

The suspect was still at large Monday night.

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