Same suspect sought as bank is robbed again

By Joe Beck

A man who authorities believe held up the United Bank at 199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester on July 28 appears to have robbed the same bank again Friday morning, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Donnie Lang said the suspect entered the bank, jumped over a counter and demanded money from the tellers. The suspect fled on foot with an unspecified amount of money taken from teller drawers.

The incident was reported at 9:11 a.m. to the Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told deputies that they saw the suspect running east from the rear of the bank between Delco Plaza and the Costco store.

No one was injured, and the suspect did not display a weapon nor indicate he was carrying one.

Lang said the suspect shown in a bank surveillance video taken Friday matches a person seen in a video from the July 28 bank robbery.

“For him to come back a second time, it’s pretty brazen,” Lang said in an interview Friday afternoon.

Lang said a Costco employee in the store’s parking lot saw a car that was similar to one in which the suspect escaped after the first robbery.

“This time nobody saw him run and get into the car, but there were some people at the Costco who did remember seeing a vehicle that matched the description of the first one,” Lang said.

Lang said it was uncertain whether the vehicle spotted Friday morning had a dented bumper and was missing hubcaps, both of which were part of the description from the July 28 robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office describes the suspect as in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing light faded jeans, a white T-shirt, sunglasses and a red baseball cap.

The car is described as a faded maroon or burgundy four-door sedan from the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 662-6162.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com