Woman charged in two bank rob­beries

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION - — Peter Her­mann

A woman who robbed two North­west Washington banks 15 min­utes apart this month has been ar­rested and charged in both cases, au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day.

Mercedes Idalia Romero, 36, of North­west was in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury on two counts of bank rob­bery.

Of­fi­cials said Romero was ar­rested about 6 a.m. Fri­day at her home in Columbia Heights. D.C. Po­lice Chief Cathy L. Lanier high­lighted the case Tues­day dur­ing her monthly call-in show on NewsChan­nel 8, which dis­played a pic­ture of the woman.

Po­lice said the first rob­bery oc­curred about 9:15 a.m. Feb. 4 at a PNC Bank branch in the 4200 block of Wis­con­sin Av­enue NW in Ten­ley­town. About 15 min­utes later, po­lice said, a woman meet­ing the same de­scrip­tion robbed a Bank of Amer­ica branch in the 3400 block of Con­necti­cut Av­enue NW, about 1.5 miles away in Cleve­land Park.

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