Attempted bank robbery suspect detained

Posted: June 28, 2013

WINCHESTER - A suspect who police believe attempted to rob the United Bank on Berryville Avenue was detained just before 2 p.m.

The man's identity has not yet been released, but he was taken in for questioning at the intersection of National Avenue and Raleigh Court.

Police spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said he has not yet been arrested, and that he was taken to the Timbrook Public Safety Building.

Officers arrived at the bank, located at 1041 Berryville Avenue, just before 12:30 p.m. after employees reported the attempted robbery.

A witness at the scene said the suspect was in front of him when he pulled a blue bandana over his face and attempted to go inside the bank. Employees did not let him in, and the witness said he then took off running behind the bank in a residential area.

Officers spent more than an hour patrolling the area, and a Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputy and canine responded to the bank.

When police did catch up to the suspect on National and Raleigh, he appeared to have changed clothes from the description officers gave earlier.

The alleged attempted robbery took place at the same bank that James Louis Whittlesey, 52, robbed in October 2011.

For more information about the attempted robbery, read Saturday's Winchester Star.