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Maryland robbery suspect connected to Ohio case

December 18, 2018

DAILY AMERICAN

A man wanted for two bank robberies in Maryland that caused a manhunt in Somerset County last week is connected with a robbery in Ohio, police said.

Maryland State Police said they are working with authorities from Ohio as they search for 57-year-old Charles Gibson. According to a report by the Times Leader in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a man entered the Huntington Bank downtown at about noon Friday and passed a note to a teller demanding money. He did not show a weapon, and fled.

Maryland police said on Monday morning that they were able to confirm with authorities in Ohio that Gibson is the man who robbed that bank.

Gibson, who is from Pennsylvania, is wanted in connection with the two Maryland bank robberies, one in Friendsville and one in Grantsville, Thursday morning. A warrant was issued for his arrest, charging him with two counts of robbery, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of theft less than $1,000.

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

About an hour later, troopers responded to a call for an armed robbery at the M&T Bank along Main Street in Grantsville.

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

Anyone with information on Gibson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks at 301-387-1101. Callers may remain anonymous, police said.

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