Two Maryland men pleaded guilty this week to charges related to a series of bank robberies that netted more than $10,000 last July. One of the bank robberies occurred in Lovettsville.
Andre Antoine Walker, and Malcolm Xavier Green, both age 23, of Temple Hills, MD, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery conspiracy, bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
According to their plea agreements, in late June, Green and Walker conspired to rob banks in Maryland and Virginia and engaged in a series of bank robberies between July 1 and July 24.
On July 1, July 13 and July 17, they robbed banks in Camp Springs, Baltimore and Millington, MD. After entering each bank, the robbers presented a note to the teller demanding money and threatening harm if the teller did not comply. In the July 17 robbery, Walker displayed a gun to the teller, brandishing it multiple times. They stole $1,229 in the first robbery. In the second robbery, they stole approximately $100, but the dye pack ignited in Green’s pants, ruining the money. Green and Walker left the money in the parking lot, where it was subsequently recovered by investigators. In the July 17 robbery, Green and Walker stole $5,364.
Green and Walker admitted that on July 24, they robbed the BB&T Bank in Lovettsville by presenting a note to the teller demanding money and brandishing a gun. They stole $4,000 in that robbery in that case.
According to their plea agreements, investigators identified Green through a fingerprint analysis of the note from July 17 robbery. Walker was identified through surveillance videos of the robberies. They were arrested Aug. 3. The gun was recovered from Walker’s vehicle. They said they spent all the stolen money, including to pay part of a $20,000 debt Green owed to a drug dealer.
They face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy; a maximum of 20 years in prison for each of two counts of bank robbery; a maximum of 25 years in prison for armed bank robbery; and a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and up to life in prison for brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has scheduled sentencing for Green on May 31 and for Walker on July 21.