Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested a Rockville man for a bank robbery and kidnapping that occurred on October 29.
On October 29 at 9:35 a.m., officers responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 1475 Rockville Pike in Rockville. Investigation revealed that shortly after 9:00 a.m., a suspect confronted a bank employee near a parking garage located at 198 Halpine Road. The employee had just returned to the parking garage after opening the branch location at 1475 Rockville Pike. The employee was forced at gunpoint to enter the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect drove the victim back to the victim’s vehicle where the suspect stole personal property belonging to the victim.
The suspect then bound the victim’s arms and legs and placed him in the trunk of the suspect’s car. The suspect drove to the SunTrust location at 1475 Rockville Pike where the victim was removed from the trunk and forced to enter the branch using his keys. Once inside, the suspect confronted a second employee and removed money from the cash drawer before fleeing the scene.
Detectives developed information on the suspect and obtained a warrant for Michael Patrick, age 45, of the 1200 block of Autre Court in Rockville. Patrick was arrested in Washington, D.C. on October 31. He has waived extradition and is currently incarcerated in Montgomery County. In this case, he has been charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Kidnapping, and one count of Firearm Use in a Crime of Violence.
Further investigation into recent armed robberies led detectives to also charge Patrick with two armed robberies that occurred at the Dollar Tree located at 1776 E. Jefferson Street in Rockville. In these cases, a suspect armed with a gun confronted an employee near closing. These robberies occurred on August 17 and October 19.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.