Crime, Police/Fire

Perry Hall bank robbers captured after brief pursuit

Perry Hall Bank RobbersUPDATE: Bush and French have been indicted – click here for details.

Original story below…


In an update to a story NottinghamMD first broke on Monday, police have released details surrounding a local bank robbery and the subsequent crash that led to the suspects’ arrests.

Baltimore County and Baltimore City police officers worked together to apprehend two bank robbers following a brief pursuit on Monday.

Police blanketed Belair Road in the Perry Hall and Overlea areas after receiving a call for a bank robbery that had occurred at SunTrust Bank, 8704 Belair Road, 21236, at just before noon.

The first arriving officer broadcast a description of a male suspect who had entered the bank and displayed a note to the teller along with the suspect vehicle, both caught on bank surveillance video, leaving the scene on Belair Road toward Baltimore City.

Officers positioned along Belair Road near Baltimore City observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Route 1.

The officers initiated an investigative traffic stop on the vehicle, which immediately began to flee into the city.  City police were notified and quickly assisted as the pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into another vehicle in the intersection of Federal Street and North Broadway.  The other driver suffered minor injuries

The two suspects then fled from the crash scene on foot. A female passenger was apprehended near the crash scene by Baltimore County and Baltimore City officers. She is identified as Crystal Lynn French, 33, of Grasonville.

The driver of the vehicle fled on foot into an alley and then into a resident’s yard, failing to comply with all of the officers’ verbal commands and resisting arrest once he was apprehended. He is identified as Matthew Dale Bush, 38, of Bear, Delaware.

Both suspects were briefly hospitalized with minor injures. Both are charged with robbery and theft. Bush is additionally charged with resisting arrest. Both are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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