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Keyword: bank robbery

An off-duty Baltimore County Police officer caught a bank robber in the act yesterday, only to later discover he was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore, Maryland Field Office for numerous bank robberies across the region.

Officer E. Legge of the Woodlawn Precinct (PC2) was inside Bank of America in the 7900 block of Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall yesterday when a man walked up to the teller station next to him and placed a backpack on the counter. Moments later the man left the bank with the backpack and the teller announced she'd just been robbed.

Booking photo of Fletcher DorsettOfficer Legge chased after the suspect across the parking lot where he was able to apprehend the man and call for a uniformed officer response. The first responding officer, Officer R. Cross of the White Marsh Precinct (PC9), immediately recognized the suspect from an FBI wanted suspect release as Fletcher Myea Dorsett (51) with no fixed address. Dorsett was arrested and is currently held in the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on no bail status. 

UPDATE (December 11, 2017 1:40 p.m.):

Police have charged Melvin McDougald (54) of the 4500 block of Northwood Drive, 21239 in yesterday's robbery of PNC Bank. He is charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, Theft, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Robbery.

McDougald entered the PNC Bank located inside Giant Food store at 6340 York Road, 21212 just after 1 p.m. He displayed a handgun and a note demanding money to the teller. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. Towson patrol officers, Robbery Detectives and members of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force responded to the scene in a cooperative investigative effort to obtain suspect information. They were able to determine that the suspect vehicle was a black GMC Yukon and disseminated that information across the County precincts.

Patrol officers canvassing the area located the possible suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police through Baltimore County and into Carroll County, whose officers also assisted in the pursuit until the suspect led police back into Baltimore County. McDougald finally disabled the front right tire of the Yukon, bringing the pursuit to an end at Reisterstown Road and McDonogh Road. The FBI Violent Crime Task Force aided County officers on the ground and Maryland State Police Trooper 1 was on hand to assist in the air during the apprehension of McDougald.

McDougald was taken into custody without incident. The gun and cash were recovered inside his vehicle. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing tomorrow.

Original Release (December 10, 2017 5:14 p.m.):

A suspect is in custody following a bank robbery in Towson this afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m. officers responded to the PNC bank located in the 6300 block of York Road for a report of an armed bank robbery. As a result of investigation at the scene, officers were able to quickly develop suspect information. Police located and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which began to flee from them. 

During the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle became disabled as a result of driving off of the roadway. Police were able to arrest the suspect at just before 2:30 p.m. in the area of Reisterstown and McDonogh roads, located in the Owings Mills area. Both a gun and money were recovered at the point of apprehension. There were no injuries reported.

The Baltimore County Police Department, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Bank Robbery Unit and an FBI task force continue to investigate this incident.

UPDATE (September 27, 2016  11:47 a.m.):

The officer involved in the September 23 shooting of a Pikesville bank robbery suspect has been identified as Sergeant Bortner. He is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents. Sergeant Bortner is on administrative status, a standard procedure for officers involved in shootings.

All investigations related to this case remain ongoing. That includes the Homicide investigation and an internal review to ensure that BCoPD policies and procedures were followed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an officer asked the driver of the suspect vehicle for his license. As the driver, Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr., reached for the license, the officer saw money and a second suspect -- Michael Eugene Stratton -- in the back seat. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the occupants of the car to show their hands.

Sergeant Bortner responded at this point to back up his fellow officer. Colvin, the driver, ignored multiple commands, accelerated quickly and drove the vehicle directly at Sergeant Bortner.

Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

Michael Eugene Stratton

Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

Revised June 27, 2017