SERVING CECIL COUNTY SINCE 1841 Man on loose after robbing Elkton bank
Second Elkton bank robbery in five days
ELKTON — A man remains on the loose after robbing a bank in Elkton on Wednesday — marking the second such holdup within town limits in five days, police reported.
The latest robbery occurred at 2: 22 p. m. Wednesday at the How- ard Bank at 305 Augustine Herman Highway, police said. The bandit demanded money from a teller and, after that employee handed over an undisclosed sum of cash, he fled from the bank and headed to a vehicle possibly occupied by a getaway driver, police added.
“The subject got into a vehicle, which was waiting on Augustine Herman Highway, and fled in a southbound direction,” reported Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elkton Police Department spokesman.
The suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 280 pounds, with a beard. He was wearing a black hat with a small brim, a white T- shirt, jeans and tan boots, police added.
Surveillance cameras videotaped the robbery and EPD investigators were able to glean of photo of the suspect, which they are distributing in hopes someone can identity him.
Anyone who can identify the suspect or has information that might help investigators is asked to call Det. Sean Murphy of the Elkton Police Department at 410- 398- 4200, ext. 36, or at smurphy@ elktonpd. org
Wednesday’s bank holdup occurred two days after EPD investigators captured a suspect who allegedly robbed the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union at 1204 E. Pulaski Highway about 10 a. m. on Friday, five days earlier.
Detectives arrested that suspect, John Taylor Battee, 35, about 5 p. m. Monday at the Cecil County District Courthouse in Elkton — where he had an appointment with his probation officer in an unrelated burglary case in which he had been convicted and served time in prison.
Investigators had recognized Battee when they watched surveillance video of Friday’s bank robbery, police said. Aware that Battee was on probation and that he had a probation appointment on Monday, police added, they waited for him at the courthouse and arrested him without incident after he arrived there.
Battee is facing numerous felony charges, including armed robbery and first- degree assault, according to court records, which also indicate that Battee had handed the teller a note alluding that he had a weapon.
This surveillance photo shows the suspect who robbed the Howard Bank in Elkton on Wednesday afternoon.