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Interstate 270 Temporarily Closed While Police Chase Bank Robbers

Suspects apprehended and money recovered, police say.

Suspected bank robbers stopped on I-270. (Photo from NBC4 via Twitter.)
Suspected bank robbers stopped on I-270. (Photo from NBC4 via Twitter.)

Interstate 270 was temporarily closed Tuesday as police from Montgomery County chased down three men suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank.

Police received a call at about 10:02 a.m. about the robbery, and 1st District officers and Rockville City Police officers responded to the bank located at 404 King Farm Boulevard, according to a release from the Montgomery County Police Department.

Two men had entered the bank armed with handguns and demanded money, took the cash then fled. The two suspects entered a silver Kia SUV, in which a third suspect was sitting, and fled from the bank, police said.

With the assistance of Prince George’s County Police Department’s Air 1 helicopter, officers located the vehicle traveling on southbound Interstate 270.  With the assistance of Maryland State Police, southbound 270 was shut down in order to stop the suspect vehicle, police said.  The SUV was located and stopped just south of Tuckerman Lane, and the suspects were taken into custody.

Northbound lanes were also closed for a brief time.

Police said they recovered a handgun used in the robbery. The stolen money was recovered from a dump truck that had been traveling adjacent to the suspect vehicle.  Investigators determined that the suspects had attempted to throw the money into the dump truck once they realized that the police had located their vehicle, according to the news release.

Kim Cooke March 12, 2014 at 03:18 PM
I found this story disconcerting. While I understand armed bank robbers are a great threat to society, we have numerous rapes in Montgomery County, and murders, and home invasions. I've never witnessed such a response to those incidents. I just find it hard to believe MoCo would deploy its officers and vehicles in such force if money weren't involved.
Tom Rossing March 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Perhaps this information will help clear things up. Most rapist don't act in groups and make a speedy get-away, thus drawing attention to themselves. In addition, the some of the responding officers were in the path of the feeling un-subs. Oh, and witnesses present also notified law enforcement of the fleeing vehicle. Now, if rapist were just as careless, perhaps the outcome in these gruesome crimes would also be better. Just a thought.
Kim Cooke March 14, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Thanks, Tom. I'm not convinced.

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