SERV­ING CE­CIL COUNTY SINCE 1841 Man on loose af­ter rob­bing Elk­ton bank

Sec­ond Elk­ton bank rob­bery in five days

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com By CARL HAMIL­TON

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

This sur­veil­lance photo shows the sus­pect who robbed the Howard Bank in Elk­ton on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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