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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Bank robbery suspect shot dead in Md.

By Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky

A bank robbery suspect who emerged from a Capital One bank in Montgomery County with an apparent hostage Friday morning has been shot and killed, according to authorities.

The incident started about 9:25 a.m., when police officers were called to the bank at New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard for reports of a suspicious package and a robbery, according to police. It ended around 9:37 when the suspect was shot.

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Scene in Takoma Park. (Courtesy ABC7)

Video shown on a number of local television stations shows the male suspect, a female hostage held closely, leaving the bank and walking toward the parking lot of a strip-mall style shopping center. The two were surrounded by six armed police officers, three apiece from Takoma Park and Prince George's County.

Shortly after a red dye pack explodes, the video shows, the suspect slips and the hostage breaks free. The suspect chases the hostage as police stand feet away, according to the footage; the suspect is then shot and handcuffed by police.

"I heard three shots," said Bill Benjamin, who said he was cleaning trash outside the nearby Taco Bell restaurant where he works during the incident. "Boom! Boom! Boom!"

The suspect was taken to a trauma center where he died, according to police. He has not been identified, according to police, because his next of kin has not been notified.

Authorities, including a bomb squad, continued to search the bank after the incident, according to Scott Graham, assistant chief of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. "We're trying to render the building safe at this time," he said. No dangerous devices were found, police said.

Four people, not including the suspect and the hostage he led outside, were injured during the incident, according to police.

A Prince George's County police officer was hit by gunfire that may have been friendly fire, police said; one hostage may have been pistol-whipped in the head, while another was in shock.

Police halted traffic for several blocks around the bank. Onlookers have gathered in the falling snow in near the bank, many outside the Taco Bell; several passed around one man's set of binoculars.

At least three police agencies -- from Montgomery, Prince George's and Takoma Park - and the FBI were on the scene Friday morning.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

By Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky  | January 28, 2011; 12:29 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Matt Zapotosky, Montgomery, Pr. George's  
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Comments


Hopefully the perp will die soon so we don't have to pay for his prison.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 28, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

what are you sure your information is correct? the banks have been robbing people for longer than I have lived. if the robber was shot that must mean you shot a banker..in that case all the hostages of credit reporting and collection agencies should be free? what about the hostages that were injured or dead. shouldn't the banks compensate them for the damage..other than that your "suspect" is only guilty of the misuse of a fire arm and terrorism. you will confuse people saying he robbed a bank. when BANKS ARE THE ROBBERS> they collected INSURANCE money from me at gunpoint. they are guilty of the mis-use of law-enforcement and terrorism. laws are supposed to protect citizens. not hunt them down for debt collection..the banks can hunt for victims alone. otherwise they should not give a-loan if they lack resources to cover the cost. taxpayer money is not a resource. police spend more time chasing paper than real crimes. being unable to pay a debt is not a crime. it is a hardship or laziness. being lazy is not a crime it is stupid. stealing money is stupider..it is easier to work

Posted by: Liberty14 | January 28, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"It's not yet known whether the suspect has spoken with investigators or is still receiving medical attention, Cpl. Evan Baxter, a Prince George's County Police spokesman, told WTTG. He understands her to be OK, however, he told television."

I think you meant to say "the hostage" since you say "her" later in the paragraph.

Posted by: RossEmery | January 28, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

that being said..WALL STREET IS NOT WORKING.

Posted by: Liberty14 | January 28, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Liberty14,
If your's is not the most moronic post I've ever read then its at least in the team picture. I'm dumber for having read your idiocy.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 28, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Cool. I guess the perp found out that there's no such thing as "easy money."

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 28, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Looked like a draw play with how he ran past the cops. One cop had a gun three feet from his face, and then when the hostage broke free nobody tackled him.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 28, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"I heard three shots," said Bill Benjamin, who said he was cleaning trash outside the nearby Taco Bell restaurant where he works during the incident. "Boom! Boom! Boom!"

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Does the Taco Bell employee work only during incidents? Have the editors made it back to work from Wednesday's storm?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 28, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Someone will certainly comment that the cops should have tazed the poor, misunderstood bank robber.

It's a sucker's game. FBI trying to track you down. Cops put a bullet or two in you or you end up in prison being someone's playmate.

You don't end up on a beach in the Bahamas lighting cigars with $100 bills while surrounded by hot babes mixing you drinks.

GET A JOB!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse


Better than the old Saturday morning Cops 'n Robbers shows.

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Posted by: adjjones | January 28, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Freeze it at :49 and count the cops he blew past... looks like eight to me. Looks like a quarterback draw play with the hostage as a lead blocker.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 28, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Incinerate this savage!

Posted by: Trout1 | January 28, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Good, one more POS off the street.

Posted by: enelsonjr | January 28, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope someone buys that excellent marksman a refreshing adult beverage. He performed a community service and saved the taxpayers lots of money. Another parasite off the streets. Well done.

Posted by: LaLydia | January 28, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Slipped on some some Ice and He Still Had Static; Ran behind the hostage and Pulled out the Automatic; Pointed at her head and said the gun was full of Lead..... (well yall know the rest).... Good-Night!!

Posted by: deejay640 | January 28, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Slipped on some some Ice and He Still Had Static; Ran behind the hostage and Pulled out the Automatic; Pointed at her head and said the gun was full of Lead..... (well yall know the rest).... Good-Night!!

Posted by: deejay640 | January 28, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Rule number 1 of a shootout, don't face your buddies and pull the trigger.

Posted by: CHICO13 | January 28, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Liberty14 - A true socialist!

Posted by: PZ007 | January 28, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Liberty14 - A true socialist!

Posted by: PZ007 | January 28, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The bank robber was obviously inspired by Obama's wealth redistribution rhetoric. I am surprised that Obama's demonization of bankers has not incited more crimes like this. Perhaps you progressives can tone it down. The blood is on your hands.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | January 28, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I believe that intersection is in Prince George's County (Langley Park). This is a crazy crime!

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 28, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I believe that intersection is in Prince George's County (Langley Park). This is a crazy crime!

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 28, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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