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Police: Brothers Arrested 30 Minutes after Columbia Bank Robbery

The two men were arrested in a wooded area behind River Meadows Drive about an hour after the robbery was reported.

The bank is located near the Mall in Columbia. Credit: Google Maps
The bank is located near the Mall in Columbia. Credit: Google Maps

Police have arrested two men after a PNC Bank on Little Patuxent Parkway was robbed on Saturday morning.

Howard County Police said one man entered the bank in the 10400 block of Little Patuxent around 9:50 a.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money, which employees provided. The suspect then fled with a second man, who police said acted as a lookout.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Police then saturated the area around the bank, and arrested two men in a wooded area behind River Meadows Drive around 10:20 a.m.

Calvin Abney, 23, of Oxen Hill and Richard Abney, 28, of Capitol Heights were charged with armed robbery, robbery, multiple counts of assault, theft, and a handgun violation. They are both being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $750,000 bond, according to police.

The two men, who are brothers, reportedly made off with $3,000 and then led police on an extended foot chase through east Columbia, according to charging documents reviewed by The Howard County TimesOne of the men fired off a round at the ceiling inside the bank, according to the report.

The bank robbery is the second this month in Howard County. Police reported a man wearing a knit hat covering his face robbed a PNC Bank at 4392 Montgomery Road on Dec. 23. Police released an image of the suspect holding a handgun with a Christmas tree behind him inside the bank.

Police said they have not made any arrests in that robbery, but are continuing to investigate.


Skye Anderson January 06, 2014 at 02:45 PM
The Columbia Patch is the only place to get local news like this! Thanks, Columbia Patch!
Pat January 07, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Partially true, Skye. HC police post a lot of these kind of details on FaceBook for some reason. Just sayin'

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