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November 18, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE MAN SENTENCED FOR
AIDING AND ABETTING AN ARMED BANK ROBBERY
BALTIMORE, Maryland - United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Larry D. McCullough II, age 38, of Baltimore , Maryland to 111 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery.
According to the statement of facts presented to the court, on October 22, 2004 McCullough and co-defendants Keith L. Owens, age 38, and Dorian D. Wise, age 28, both of Baltimore, robbed the Greater Atlantic Bank at 8070 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Maryland. Owens and Wise entered the bank and stole $8220, while McCullough drove the van to and from the bank and remained in the van during the robbery.
McCullough, Owens and Wise had rendezvoused earlier that morning in the Park Heights area of Baltimore where they lived. They took two handguns with them, a Desert Eagle .50 caliber semi-automatic and a loaded Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic, and drove to bank. When they got to the bank, Wise took out and brandished the Desert Eagle and Owens brandished the Ruger. Both Wise and Owens began yelling at the two bank employees – P.G. and K.H. – to get them money. Wise confronted K.H. and told her to open the vault, while Owens grabbed P.G. and told her to open the vault. When P.G. protested that she could not open the vault alone, Wise told Owens to kill her. At that time, K.H. told the robbers that her teller vault had money in it and was open. Owens opened the cash drawer and began to take money.
During the robbery, bank customer E.M., who was at the drive through window, noticed what was taking place in the bank. She tried to call the police on her cell phone. Apparently Owens noticed what E.M. was trying to do and he mouthed to her not to move. E.M. tried to get the phone to her son in the back seat of her car, but Owens demanded she retrieve the phone and threatened one of the bank employees.
After taking the money, Owens and Wise took the two women back into a restroom and told them to stay in there. Once they left the bank they got into an older model van and were driven away by McCullough. E.M. had driven around the bank to get a description of their vehicle and ascertain which way they traveled – information she promptly passed to the police. All three robbers were apprehended a short while later, and both guns and the money were recovered.
Owens and Wise pled guilty on August 29 and September 2, 2005 to armed bank robbery and the use of a gun in the commission of a crime of violence. They were sentenced to 153 months and 111 months respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Cunningham, who prosecuted the case.
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