The Charles County Sheriff's Office has charged Tyrone Mann Jefferson, 47, of Washington, D.C., in connection with the armed robbery of Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank Feb. 28.
Deputies responded to the bank, located at 2595 Crain Highway in Waldorf, at 9:09 a.m. Feb. 28 for the report of the bank robbery. Investigation revealed two suspects entered the bank. The first suspect was armed with a handgun and carrying a dark bag. He jumped over the teller counter and demanded money from the tellers while the second suspect stood by the door as a lookout. The tellers complied with the first suspect's demand and both suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Once outside, the dye packs exploded inside the bag containing the money, which the first suspect was carrying. That suspect dropped the bag and entered a dark colored Ford Crown Victoria that fled on Acton Lane toward Prince George's County.
Detectives and forensic science technicians responded to investigate. As part of their investigation, detectives worked with law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions to identify similarities in other bank robberies. On March 1, Detectives learned of a bank robbery of a similar style that occurred that day in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel County police arrested Jefferson after that robbery occurred, and Charles County Sheriff's detectives later identified him as the suspect in the Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank robbery who jumped over the counter.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Jefferson's arrest March 3 that charges him with eight counts of Armed Robbery, 11 counts of First Degree Assault, Use of a Handgun in Commission of a Felony, Handgun on Person and Theft More Than $500. Jefferson is currently being held in Anne Arundel County.
The second suspect who stood by the door has not been identified. He is described as a black male with a medium complexion. He is in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds and was wearing jeans, a short coat and a black-rimmed hat. The Ford Crown Victoria is black and a late 1990s or early 2000s model with tinted windows and chrome wheels. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-609-6514. Det. K. Moody is investigating.
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