Millington bank robber sentenced
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.