Po­lice quickly nab Elk­ton bank rob­bery sus­pect

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— 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.


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