- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

CROFTON, Md. — A 60-year-old man was stabbed and robbed at a Wachovia Bank yesterday morning, police reported.

Anne Arundel County police said two men who may have had a machete attacked and robbed the man at the Wachovia Bank at 1623 Crofton Center, off Crain Highway.

The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. As the man was walking from his vehicle to make a deposit at the bank, he was approached by the two assailants.

One of the men stabbed the victim with a sharp object that police said may have been a machete.

The men then took the victim’s money and fled in a white van. Police said the van may have been stolen. Officers later found the vehicle abandoned behind the Old Crofton Library, about a half-mile from the bank.

Police said a witness saw two men who fit the robbers’ descriptions running from the area where the van was found and getting into a blue Ford pickup truck, with possible Maryland tags 93N 752.

Police were looking for the pickup but had made no arrests.

The victim, whom police did not identify, suffered cuts to the legs and back. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Juwana Girard, the manager at a Hair Cuttery in the same shopping complex as the bank, said police told that her machetes were used in the robbery.

“They basically told me [the victim] was a gentleman that owned a business,” said Mrs. Girard, 32, of Riverdale. “He dropped off his deposit, and two guys with machetes ended up attacking him.”

Mrs. Girard said the shopping complex, which sits just off Route 3 North and includes a Big Kmart and Shoppers Food Warehouse, is normally a safe area.

“There have been two burglaries at that Wachovia since I’ve been here,” she said. “It’s pretty safe. I come into work no problem, I leave out of work no problem.”

Michael Powell, a fitness consultant at a Gold’s Gym adjacent to the bank, said area residents and workers were “shocked” at the robbery.

“In this area, people can even leave their doors unlocked,” said Mr. Powell, 21. “It’s crazy.”

Stephanie Setree, who yesterday sat in her sport utility vehicle and did her banking before driving to the automated teller machine, said after hearing about the robbery that she would alter her habits.

“I’ve never had any issues,” said Mrs. Setree, 42, of Millersville. “I’ll probably lock my door [now], just sitting here banking.”



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