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Suspect robs Fairfax bank, forgets to flee: Busted

Tom Jackman

In the annals of Criminals Who Are Also Idiots -- what WTOP likes to call "Knuckleheads in the News" -- we may soon add the man police say robbed a Fairfax County bank Thursday afternoon, but was still standing in the bank's parking lot with his ill-gotten booty when the police arrived several minutes later.

The scene: The BB&T Bank branch at 5203 Franconia Road in Franconia.

The time: 4:58 p.m. Thursday.

Habtom
Habtom. (Fairfax Police)

The crime: A man walked in to the bank, approached a teller and demanded money, Fairfax police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. Money given. Man "fled." Alarm sounded.

The dragnet: At 5:01 p.m., three minutes later, a Fairfax officer pulled into the bank's parking lot. Standing there in the lot, with the stolen money, was the robber, according to police.

Caldwell could not explain why the man stuck around. Three minutes is a quick police response, but it would have still been enough time to at least stroll over to the large strip mall on nearby Rose Hill Road.

Makele G. Habtom, 29, of the 5200 block of Cannes Court, also in the Franconia area, was arrested and charged with robbery.

Police said he was not armed. And he almost certainly was not dangerous.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 28, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Robbery , Tom Jackman  
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Comments

the perp is probablly frrom somilia... the cops there use donkeys for squad cars.. response time measured in hours...

where do we get these perps???

Posted by: kglkgl06 | May 28, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

lol. sign of the times.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

look how stupid he looks, need I say more.

Posted by: geg5100 | May 28, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

It was just too darn hot to move, no less run.

Posted by: jharlin00 | May 29, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

This is a brainwashed Al'Queda Operative, but with all the training to be a terrorist his brain locked up on him and he was lost. Bin Laden wont get no money this time, and Fairfax Finest gets their man...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | May 29, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Damn, he is cute!

Posted by: bobby20 | May 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it wasn't the money he was after. Maybe he seeks asylum, maybe he was testing response times for something a bit more nefarious, etc.

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

that was a good laugh

Posted by: destewar | May 29, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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