Robber Admits Guilt in November 2008 Armed Bank Robbery
Bank Employee Shot During Howard County Robbery;
One of the Robbers Killed in Shootout after Lengthy Chase by Multiple Agencies
Baltimore, Maryland - Sharman Said, age 27, of Burtonsville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to armed robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with his role as the “look-out” during an armed bank robbery in which a conspirator shot a teller in the hand and the ensuing chase by law enforcement encompassed four counties, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, Said met with at least two conspirators on November 20, 2008 to plan a robbery of the Bank of America located on Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville, Maryland. That same morning, the robbers rode to the bank in a pick-up truck and entered, brandishing guns and announcing the robbery. Said remained at the front door, armed with a handgun, and served as a look-out. His conspirators threatened the tellers with their guns. One of the conspirators ordered a bank employee to come out of her hiding place in an office and shot her in her hand as she was crawling out.
The robbers took $23,471 and fled from the bank in the truck. A witness called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle. Law enforcement officers pursued the robbers at high speeds through four counties. The robbers eventually abandoned the truck in Montgomery County near Said’s home and they fled on foot.
One of the robbers fired at police and was killed. The stolen money, a second handgun and a sawed-off shotgun used during the robbery were seized near the robber’s body. The other handgun was recovered near the abandoned truck. Said escaped by hiding in his home, and was subsequently arrested on January 8, 2009.
Said faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for armed robbery; and a mandatory minimum of seven years and a maximum of life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for using a firearm during a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for October 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Said remains in federal custody.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Howard County Police Department, the Montgomery County Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Maryland State Police for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Rachel Yasser and Sandra Wilkinson, who are prosecuting the case.