Bank robbery suspect dies in fire
RISING SUN — A man wanted in four Towson-area bank robberies is dead after he barricaded himself inside a residence near Rising Sun on Sunday night — when federal task force members arrived there to serve an arrest warrant — and then the house caught fire with him still inside the dwelling, according to the FBI.
The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. in the 300 block of McGrady Road, where members of the FBI Baltimore Violent Crimes Task Force attempted to serve a Baltimore County arrest warrant on the bank robbery suspect, reported David Fitz, an FBI spokesman.
Fitz withheld that man’s name on Tuesday because next-of-kin notifications were pending.
However, John Kohl, 49, the owner of the targeted McGrady Road home, identified the deceased bank robbery suspect as his childhood friend, Mike Wallace, who had been Kohl’s house guest since Saturday afternoon. Kohl was unaware that Wallace was a wanted man and, once he found out, he quickly tipped off the FBI — even offering his house key to the agents so they could enter his home, which he has owned for approximately 19 years.
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Smoke rises from this home in the 300 block of McGrady Road on Sunday night, as firefighters battle the blaze.