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Bank Robbery/Suspect Arrested

(Churchville, MD) — Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with a bank robbery, which occurred earlier today. Gerard Antonio Hatton, 27, of 3552 Radford Circle, Chesapeake City, Virginia, is in custody for the robbing the BB&T Bank located at 2900 Churchville Road, Churchville, Maryland.

At approximately 12:03pm, the suspect entered the bank giving the teller a note and demanding the money. Although none was displayed the suspect implied he had a weapon. After giving the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash he then left the bank in a small white car. Employees of the bank were able to obtain a partial tag number and told 911 operators they saw him drive east on Route 155. Dfc Jodie Nickoles was responding to the bank alarm and traveling west on Rt. 155 when she observed the suspect vehicle. As she turned on the vehicle it sped up and attempted to elude her. Deputy Nickoles pursued the suspect across several county roadways. The suspect then stopped his car in the 1400 block of Stepney Road and ran into the wooded area. Members of the Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Police Department, and Maryland State Police then cordoned off the area. Sheriff’s Office K-9 units were deployed and after searching approximately ½ mile into the woods found the suspect hiding among the trees and brush. He surrendered without incident. There were no injuries reported.

Hatton, who is also wanted in Chesapeake City, Virginia for burglary, theft and violation of probation, is believed to be responsible for at least two other bank robberies in the county. On November 17th, it is believed he robbed the same bank he robbed today and Bel Air Police detectives believe he robbed the BB&T branch in their jurisdiction at 333 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air on October 22nd. He is facing charges of robbery and theft in today’s robbery and charges in the other two cases will be reviewed with the States Attorney’s Office. Local detectives along with agents from the Bel Air Resident Agency of the FBI investigated all three robberies. Hatton is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center pending a District Court Commissioners hearing.

Press Release

December 09, 2004

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