Police: Md. PNC bank robber arrested after chase

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man who robbed a PNC bank during business hours in Laurel Wednesday morning after a man chase.

The Laurel Police Department said they were called to a bank robbery that happened at the PNC bank located at 390 Main Street, in Laurel at 9:30 a.m.

According to police, the man demanded money several times. He did not show a weapon but claimed to have one. The robber was able to get a total of $20,650.

Police said several customers and employees called 911 to report that a man had robbed the bank and fled on foot. Units first spotted the robber in a green minivan. Authorities said they tried to stop the man, however he sped off.

Laurel Police followed the robber along several city streets and city boundaries, including Prince George's County, Montgomery County and eventually into Howard County, police said.

The chase continued north onto Route 29, where units from the Howard County Police Department and Maryland State Police helped, according to police.

The Laurel Police units continued to follow the van on Route 29, while Howard County Police put "stop sticks" in to try and halt the van.

The van got two flat tired and was forced to a halt on Thunder Hill Road at Twin Knolls Roads, in the Oakland Mills neighborhood, after turning onto Route 175, police said.

The man got out of the van and fled on foot, police added. Police were able to finally arrest the man on Oakland Mills Roads.

Robert C. William, 42, was arrested and charged with robbery and several traffic offenses, authorities said.

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