Milling­ton bank rob­ber sen­tenced

Record Observer - - News - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

BAL­TI­MORE — The al­leged gun­man in the armed rob­bery of a Milling­ton bank last sum­mer was sen­tenced to 162 months in fed­eral prison. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Ben­nett also or­dered An­dre An­toine Walker, 23, of Tem­ple Hills, to pay resti­tu­tion of $10,593 with co-de­fen­dant Mal­colm Xavier Green.

Walker was sen­tenced Thurs­day, July 21, in the fed­eral court­house in Bal­ti­more.

Green, 24, of Fort Wash­ing­ton, was sen­tenced May 31 to 154 months in fed­eral prison.

In sep­a­rate hear­ings in early March, Walker and Green pleaded guilty to a bank rob­ber y con­spir­acy, bank rob­bery, armed bank rob­bery and bran­dish­ing a firearm in re­la­tion to a crime of vi­o­lence.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the de­fen­dants through fin­ger­print anal­y­sis on a rob­bery note found at the scene of the BB&T in Milling­ton, law en­force­ment data­bases and sur­veil­lance footage of the rob­beries. Walker and Green were ar­rested Aug. 3, 2015 — roughly three weeks after the stickup in Milling­ton.

In late June 2015, Green and Walker hatched a plan to rob banks in Mary­land and Vir­ginia, ac­cord­ing to plea agree­ments made pub­lic by the Of­fice of the U.S. At­tor­ney for the District of Mary­land. They robbed four banks in the month of July, in­clud­ing the BB&T branch in Milling­ton.

After en­ter­ing each bank, Green and Walker pre­sented a note to the teller de­mand­ing money and threat­en­ing harm if the teller did not com­ply, ac­cord­ing to a March 3 news release from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. They stole more than $10,500 in the four rob­beries.

Ac­cord­ing to their plea agree­ments, Walker and Green said they had spent all the money they stole. Some of the money was used as a par­tial pay­ment of a $20,000 debt Green owed to a drug dealer, the court was told.

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors told the court that in the rob­bery in Milling­ton on July 17, 2015, Walker dis­played a gun to the teller and bran­dished it sev­eral times. Green ad­mit­ted that he knew that Walker had the gun and that he planned to use it dur­ing the rob­bery. They stole $5,364.

In the first rob­bery — July 1 of a BB&T branch in Camp Springs — Green and Walker stole $1,229, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of facts that was the ba­sis of the plea agree­ments.

They stole about $100 dur­ing the sec­ond rob­bery July 13, of Essex Bank in Ca­tonsville, Bal­ti­more County, but the dye pack ex­ploded in Green’s pants and ru­ined the money, ac­cord­ing to the news release. Green and Walker left the money in the park­ing lot, where it was re­cov­ered by in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Green and Walker also ad­mit­ted that on July 24 they robbed a BB&T branch in Lovettsville, Va., again pre­sent­ing a note to the teller de­mand­ing money and bran­dish­ing a gun. They stole $4,000 in that rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to the agreed upon state­ment of facts.

Also in the Ca­tonsville rob­bery, one of the men pre­tended to be blind. He walked into the bank on the arm of his co-de­fen­dant, us­ing a cane, and then sat in the rear of the lobby while the sec­ond man pre­sented a note to a teller de­mand­ing money. A weapon was im­plied, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses.

Agents with the FBI’s district of­fice in Bal­ti­more ap­pre­hended Green and Walker sep­a­rately on Aug. 3 in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and Lt. Den­nis W. Hickman and Sgt. Stu­art M. Lodge of the Kent County Sher­iff’s Of­fice trans­ported the men back to Kent County shortly be­fore mid­night that day.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Walker and Green robbed the BB&T bank in Milling­ton at gun­point at mid-af­ter­noon Fri­day, July 17. They wore hats and sun­glasses in an at­tempt to dis­guise their faces.

At first Green told the fe­male teller that he wanted to cash a check and handed the teller what she thought was a check. But it was a note de­mand­ing $15,000 in cash. The note said “do not press any but­tons, do not put dye pack in cash, I will come back shoot­ing,” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

When the teller hes­i­tated, Walker pulled out a re­volver from the waist­band of his pants and bran­dished it sev­eral times, ac­cord­ing to a news release from the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The sus­pects made their get­away in a 1999 dark blue Chevro­let Blazer. A wit­ness told po­lice that the taller man, later iden­ti­fied as Walker, was the driver.

The bank is lo­cated at 400 Cy­press St., where the road in­ter­sects with Sas­safras Street, and is in close prox­im­ity to Milling­ton’s town hall.

Video footage ob­tained from a nearby store shows the sus­pects flee­ing at about 2:40 p.m. to­ward Rail­road Av­enue, where Green and Walker got into the SUV.

The video also shows the Blazer trav­el­ing out of Milling­ton north­bound on state Route 313.

Hickman said Green and Walker dis­carded cloth­ing along their es­cape route. The cloth­ing was col­lected for anal­y­sis.

Mary­land State Po­lice crime scene tech­ni­cians found the note that Green pre­sented to the bank teller. A la­tent fin­ger­print was a match for Green, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Hickman and his team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors used po­lice data­bases to de­velop Walker as the sec­ond suspect.

The FBI had joined the in­ves­ti­ga­tion soon after the stickup in Milling­ton be­cause of sim­i­lar­i­ties with two other bank rob­beries in Mary­land.

Fed­eral agents ap­pre­hended Walker about 3 p.m. Aug. 3 dur­ing a traf­fic stop. He was driv­ing the 1999 dark blue Blazer not far from his house. About two hours later, Green sur­ren­dered to po­lice at a rel­a­tive’s home in Tem­ple Hills.

The gun that po­lice be­lieve was used in the Milling­ton rob­bery was lo­cated in the Blazer.

The charges against Green and Walker re­lated to the Milling­ton bank rob­bery were dis­missed lo­cally in Novem­ber in a hear­ing in the Cir­cuit Court for Kent County.

“As they had com­mit­ted sim­i­lar rob­beries in sev­eral states, al­low­ing fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion to oc­cur first is prefer­able from both pro­ce­dural and practical per­spec­tives,” Kent County State’s At­tor­ney Har­ris Mur­phy wrote in an email Monday, March 7.

U.S. At­tor­ney Rod J. Rosen­stein com­mended the FBI, the Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice De­part­ment, the Kent County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice De­part­ment and the Loudoun County (Va.) Sher­iff’s Of­fice for their work in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and rec­og­nized the Loudoun County Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for its as­sis­tance in the pros­e­cu­tion.

AN­DRE WALKER

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