Admitted Committing Two Additional Bank Robberies
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Rodney Scott Bush, age 47, of Fort Washington, Maryland today to 125 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank robbery and five bank robberies. As part of his plea agreement, Bush also admitted committing two additional bank robberies.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis; and Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, from December 8, 2012 through July 17, 2013, Bush committed seven bank robberies, stealing a total of $38,894. In each robbery, Bush handed the teller a note demanding money. Most of the notes also stated that Bush had a gun or threatened some other harm and Bush often implied that he had a weapon. The banks were located in Upper Marlboro, Lanham, Severna Park, Gambrills, Laurel, Bowie, and Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Moments after the robbery in Glen Burnie on July 17, 2013, an Anne Arundel County Police officer responding to the bank robbery saw Bush in the passenger seat of a vehicle removing the distinctive sweater that he wore during the robbery. The vehicle was being driven by a woman, later identified as Bush’s girlfriend, Jacqueline Isaacs. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Isaacs sped off and led police on a high speed pursuit. Isaacs and Bush continued to flee from the officers for more than ten miles, eventually crashing into a van. Officers arrested Bush and Isaacs who were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries sustained during the crash.
The vehicle was searched and officers recovered the mobile phones used by Bush and Isaacs, the demand note, shirt and glasses worn by Bush during the robbery, and cash stolen from the bank.
Jacqueline Isaccs, age 56, also of Fort Washington, pleaded guilty to the July 17, 2013, bank robbery and was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Anne Arundel County Police Department and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.