A suspect accused of robbing a Forest Hill bank was arrested in Fallston Thursday afternoon following a brief chase aided by a Baltimore County police helicopter.
The robbery took place at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the PNC Bank branch in the 2300 block of Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell. A suspect, described by police as a skinny white male approximately 25 years old and six feet, two inches tall entered the building, demanded cash, and fled in a car.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a Baltimore County Police Department Aviation Unit was in the air at the time the incident was reported, and was able to track the suspect’s vehicle. Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers on the ground set up a perimeter and were able to locate the suspect through aviation’s visual cues, despite heavy traffic and multiple avenues of escape, Worrell said.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., less than 30 minutes after the robbery occurred, the suspect was apprehended without incident by deputies in the 400 block of Whitaker Mill Road in Fallston, near the Wal-Mart on Bel Air Road. He did not have a weapon at the time of his arrest, police said.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as David William Hayes, 28, of Bel Air. He is charged with robbery, and theft over $1,000 and under $10,000 in connection with the robbery. Hayes is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $1,000,000 bond.
One individual who witnessed the suspect’s arrest, Timothy Fowler of Joppa, said it looked like “every cop in Harford County” was on the scene. After being stuck in traffic on Route 1 for about 20 minutes as the event unfolded, Fowler snapped a photo of the suspect being detained and handcuffed across the truck of a police car on Whitaker Mill Road. He also said a police helicopter was flying “aggressively” overhead during the incident.
David William Hayes (Courtesy of Harford County Sheriff’s Office.)