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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Glen Burnie Bank Robber Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

Anne Arundel County Police Identify Robber from Palm Print Left at the Bank

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jermel Henderson, age 38, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland, to 9 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbing a bank in Glen Burnie.  Judge Blake also ordered Henderson to pay $1,766 in restitution.

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 Tim Altomare; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Wes Adams.

According to his plea agreement, on October 11, 2013, Henderson demanded cash from a teller at the TD Bank located at 7926 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland. After receiving $1,971from the teller, Henderson demanded that all bank employees get on the ground.  Henderson then fled.  A dye pack that was included in the cash that Henderson took exploded a short distance from the bank, and $205 was later recovered from that location.

Anne Arundel County Police detectives learned that Henderson was the fifth customer to enter the bank that day and that a cleaning crew had cleaned the bank the previous night.  They also saw from the bank’s video surveillance that Henderson had placed his left hand down on the counter in front of the tellers while demanding the money.  Henderson was not wearing gloves, and it had been raining that day.  An Anne Arundel County crime scene technician lifted a wet, latent palm print from the bank counter, and the print was identified as Henderson’s.

The teller identified Henderson from photos as the robber.  On November 8, 2013, Baltimore City Police officers arrested Henderson for an unrelated incident.  During an interview, Henderson told Anne Arundel County Police detectives, “I’m guilty no matter what I tell you.”  Henderson also told them that he had previously been found guilty of a bank robbery in Baltimore and served federal prison time.  

Judge Blake had sentenced Henderson in 1996 to 70 months in prison for a previous bank robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore Police Departments and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Ayn B. Ducao, who prosecuted the case.

Updated February 24, 2015