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Baltimore Man Convicted Of Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE                                                                 at (410) 209-4885

Baltimore, Maryland – On February 26, 2018, a federal jury convicted Timothy Allen McNeal, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The verdict was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Baltimore Division; and Chief Gary L. Gardner of the Howard County Police.

According to evidence presented at trial, on August 4, 2016, McNeal and his brother, Markus Fields, age 28, of Baltimore, robbed the Howard County Education Federal Credit Union (HCEFCU) in Ellicott City, Maryland at gun point. Surveillance video captured the robbery, during which both Fields and McNeal entered the credit union wearing ski masks to cover their faces. Fields entered first carrying a black backpack. McNeal entered after, carrying a rifle-style long gun with a large magazine visible on the top.  McNeal pointed the gun at a bank teller and a customer, while Fields walked to another room. McNeal forced the victims to the ground at gunpoint and moved behind the counter. Fields opened the teller drawer and began rifling through it.  McNeal, after closing the bank door, walked back to a supervisor’s office down a short hallway.

McNeal pointed the gun toward the supervisor’s office, forcing the employee to exit the office and, ultimately, open the safe in the lobby. After opening the safe, she was ordered to the ground where she remained while the Fields and McNeal removed cash from the safe.

McNeal then reached into the backpack Fields was carrying, removed zip ties, and zip tied the supervisor and customer. Fields used the zip ties to restrain the teller’s hands behind her back. McNeal and Fields then left the HCEFCU by climbing out of a window. 

McNeal, Fields and their mother, an employee of the Howard County School District, were all account holders at the HCEFCU. On August 4, 2016, a few hours after the robbery, McNeal and Fields went to Wal-Mart and purchased two large televisions, paying over $350 in cash for each. On August 6, 2016, two days after the robbery, Fields purchased a maroon Lexus and paid $4,620 in cash. On August 8, 2016, McNeal posted a photograph of a maroon Lexus with the caption “we working.” On August 17, 2016, over $2,600 in overdue rent was paid on Fields and McNeal’s residence.  

During execution of a search warrant, law enforcement recovered black ski masks, clothing matching the clothing worn by McNeal during the bank robbery, banded cash, and cell phones from Fields and McNeal’s residence 

Co-defendant Fields pleaded guilty to Armed Bank Robbery on February 9, 2018 and is scheduled for sentencing on May 8, 2018. Judge Catherine C. Blake has set sentencing for May 30, 2018 for McNeal.

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI, ATF, Howard County Police and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren Perry and Burden Walker who prosecuted the case.

Updated February 27, 2018