Bank Robbery Suspect Captured
(Joppa, MD – May 8, 2009) – Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Artis Dwayne Bartholow, 42, of Warren Road, Essex, MD in connection with an armed bank robbery which occurred this morning.
At 9:58 a.m. deputies responded to the Harford Bank in the 500 block of Riviera Drive, Joppa, MD in reference to a report of a robbery. The investigation revealed that a white male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses, and a hospital mask entered the bank displaying a small black handgun and demanded money from the tellers. During the robbery one shot was fired toward the tellers striking a computer system on a nearby desk. The suspect, later identified as Artis Dwayne Bartholow, left the bank and entered a burgundy colored Ford Thunderbird being driven by an unknown black male. A lookout was provided to surrounding police jurisdictions of the vehicle and suspects. Baltimore County Police located the Thunderbird on Route 40 in Essex. After a short chase ending on Middle River Road, Bartholow was placed in custody, however, the driver fled. At this time the driver is still at large.
Barhtolow admitted to detectives that he robbed and fired one shot inside the bank. He also admitted to having an accomplice, however, has refused to provide any identifying information. The vehicle was towed to the Criminal Investigation Division for processing. The handgun believed to be used in the robbery was later located in the area of Middle River Road in Essex, MD.