Police quickly nab Elkton bank robbery suspect
— Officers captured a man within 15 minutes after he allegedly robbed a bank in downtown Elkton on Wednesday, police reported.
Investigators spotted the suspect, Peter Matthew Guns, 33, of the 200 block of East Main Street in Elkton, at the intersection of Bridge Street and West Main Street and arrested him without incident about 2 p.m., shortly after he allegedly handed a teller at the PNC Bank at 123 North St. a note indicating that he had a gun while demanding money, according to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.
After the employee handed the suspect an undisclosed sum of money, he fled on foot, police reported.
Guns was captured less than a half-mile from the bank.
Zurolo credited the bank employees’ attention to detail, including taking note of the suspect’s physical features, his clothing and the direction in which he fled, in helping officers nab Guns so swiftly. He also credited EPD officers’ “quick response” to the scene.
“Detailed suspect information was provided by the bank employees. Information received indicated the
suspect fled the area on foot. Due to the officers’ quick response, officers were able to surrounded the area and locate the suspect matching the description given,” Zurolo said, adding, “We had the suspect in our sight and arrested within 15 minutes (after) the bank robbery.”
Investigators confiscated an undisclosed sum of cash from Guns, who was “still wearing some of the clothing he had on during the robbery,” according to Zurolo, who also reported that Guns was not in possession of a gun at the time of his arrest.
Bank employees later identified Guns as the suspect, police said. Officers who watched a surveillance video of the bank robbery also “positively identified” Guns as the suspect.
EPD Det. Lindsey Ziegenfuss served as lead investigator and is listed as the arresting officer in Cecil County District Court records.
Guns is charged with armed robbery, robbery and theft of less than $1,000, court records show.
As of Thursday morning, Guns remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond, according to court records, which also indicate that Guns is scheduled for a Nov. 23 preliminary hearing.