Suspect Incarcerated in VA on Unrelated Bank Robbery Charges
LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 4, 2010)—Charles County Sheriffs Office detectives recently identified a 55-year-old Largo man as a suspect in the 2005 armed robbery of a Waldorf bank and obtained a warrant July 22 for his arrest, Sheriff Rex Coffey announced. DNA evidence led to the identification of the suspect, who is currently being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail on unrelated bank robbery charges.
This was a violent robbery and the DNA evidence was crucial in solving it but just as important is our determination to hold all offenders accountable for their crimes, said Sheriff Coffey. Not only have we lowered crime in Charles County in the last year and a half but, as this case proves, we are working diligently to fulfill our obligation to find justice for victims in older unsolved crimes as well.
The investigation began Dec. 2, 2005, when officers responded to the County First Bank located at 3670 Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the reported armed robbery. Their investigation revealed two masked suspects entered the bank displaying handguns. One of the suspects jumped over the tellers counter and demanded money. The tellers complied and were then forced by the suspects to lie facedown on the floor. One of the suspects then pointed his gun at the bank manager and demanded money from the bank vault. The manager complied and was then also forced to lie facedown on the floor.
The suspects fled the bank with stolen money and headed across Old Washington Road toward a parking lot in the 3600 block of Crain Highway. Soon thereafter, a dye-pack containing pepper spray which had been slipped into the bag of money unbeknownst to the suspects exploded. The suspects discarded the smoking dye-pack in a field behind the parking lot. They also discarded one of their masks described as a rubber Halloween mask and some of the money, which had been damaged when the dye-pack exploded. The suspects then continued to flee. A search by K9 teams indicated the suspects likely entered a vehicle in the parking lot.
In the autumn of 2008, investigators sent the mask to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for DNA testing. MSP forwarded the mask to BODE Technology group, a private DNA lab, which developed a DNA profile from the mask. MSP entered the DNA profile into a national DNA index system and found the profile matched that of Calvin Leroy Williams, an FBI-convicted offender responsible for multiple armed bank robberies, armed carjackings and robberies dating from 1973 to 1994. On Sept. 25, 2009, Williams, who by then was operating under a new name Mustafa Kahlil Naeem robbed the Virginia Partners Bank in Fredericksburg, Va., and was ultimately identified and arrested. He is currently incarcerated in the Rappahannock Regional Jail awaiting trial for the 2009 robbery.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Naeem, which charges him with three counts each of armed robbery and first- and second-degree assault and with the theft of more than $500. The Sheriffs Office has filed for a detainer at the Rappahannock jail, which requires officials there to detain Naeem there after his charges in that jurisdiction are satisfied so that he can be extradited to Charles County to face the charges here.
Source: Charles County Sheriff's Office