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More on Monday’s Courthouse Bank Robbery

by ARLnow.com June 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm 4,958 19 Comments

Police have released more information about yesterday afternoon’s armed robbery of the Wachovia Bank in Courthouse.

The Arlington County Police Department’s Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s help to identify a man who robbed an Arlington bank yesterday afternoon.

The suspect entered the Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank in the 2000 block of Wilson Boulevard at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011. He displayed handgun and demanded money. After receiving cash, the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his late 20’s, 5’10” and 160 lbs. At the time of the robbery he wore a black hooded sweatshirt with silver writing on the front, black pants, and a mask over most of his face. The suspect was also carrying a dark colored bag.

Anyone who has information about this robbery or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Arlington County Police Department Tip Line at 703 228-4242, or Detective Donald Fortunato at (703) 228-4197. Det. Fortunato can also be reached by emailat [email protected]

The crime was the third bank robbery in Arlington so far this month. The first two occurred at BB&T Bank branches in Clarendon and on Lee Highway. The suspect in those robberies was described by police as a white male in his 50s.

  • ClizzleDizzle

    It’s simple: whenever something like this happens, just close the bridges so they can’t escape where they came from.

    • CW

      Georgetown? Foggy bottom?

      Just kidding…

    • BerryBerryCold

      Or the metro? Mid-day, they’d likely be waiting 20 minutes for a train. But at 3:30, trains should be starting to arrive very frequently for rush hour service on the Orange line.

      • CW

        I think you’re onto something there. Even mid-day, the next train app works pretty well. One could ostensibly time a robbery so as to be able to run right across the street and onto a metro train.

        How does that work with respect to jurisdiction? Does anyone know how well the information-sharing between ACPD and D.C./ metro transit police happens? Or could someone be long gone on a train before they were alerted to it?

        • BerryBerryCold

          I’ve been told by a few Metro Transit Cops that their radios are crap and do not work reliably in the tunnels. Many of them have to rely on their personal cell phones to communicate in tunnels and at times outside of tunnels.

          • Rebecca

            Is this how one robs a bank now? Display a gun? No full battle rattle, M-16s, black SUVs like Heat or The Town? Hollywood has it all wrong!

    • novanglus

      “where they came from”

      Hmmm, don’t know if I’m guessing right on what you’re implizzling…but the description of the BB&T robber sounds like he’s from our side of the bridge.

      • Rebecca

        Clearly you don’t like Ben Affleck or movies about Boston bank robbers…

      • Hmm

        Hard to tell. They didn’t mention if he was wearing flip-flops or not.

    • Nate S.

      They? Article notes only one perp.

      Simple? How does closing the bridges help? Not only would that take investigators away from the crime scene and cost a fortune in resources/mobilization, it would create a traffic nightmare, disrupt tens of thousands lives and hurt the local economy. The bill for closing the bridges would far exceed whatever the perp made out with. And that’s assuming the robber is even going across the bridge. What makes you assume that? Robber could be sipping Mojito in Clarendon while the cops cause the biggest traffic jam since snowmaggedon.

      The bank has insurance. Let the police conduct investigation and then get the guy when he messes up. That would be a lot less disruptive than closing the bridges and it would be way more effective way to catch the guy.

  • G Clifford Prout

    If you’ve got a copy of the wanted poster I’ll distribute to my neighbors in Souf Arlingon.

    • CW

      I don’t think the description leaves much that a poster could add to…hoodie, mask, black pants…

    • vinatch

      Are you assuming the robber has ties/lives in South Arlington? If so what might make you think that? Just curious.

      Btw, it is South Arlington, not Souf Arlington.

  • Bob

    Where’re the blurry security cam shots? Those descriptions are telling us almost nothing.

  • Southeast Ben

    I suspect he did this for health insurance initally like the man seen in this article, but when the teller gave him the money, he felt he didn’t need to go to jail because he can now afford health insurance.


  • GOB

    So he was wearing a mask on most of his face, but he was a black man in his 20s. Can the witness who gave that description use their brilliant mind to tell me next week’s MegaMillions numbers?

    • Chuck

      Good point! The parts of his face that were covered were probably white.

  • Roquer

    Is that supposed you wouldn’t believe that person’s description? So what should the cops do then, broadcast something different as far as a description?

  • Movie Trivia

    That would be 1-2-3-4-5 – the same numbers in the combination of Planet Druidia’s air lock and President Skroob’s luggage. You can thank me later – maybe after Spaceballs II – The Search for More Money comes out.


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