UPDATE: 10:13 p.m. March 11, 2014
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Interstate 270 was completely shut down in both directions between the spur and Montrose Road for more than a half hour Tuesday morning as police searched for three people suspected of robbing a nearby bank.
Montgomery County Police say the Wells Fargo Bank on King Farm Boulevard was robbed by two men with guns shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. The suspects fled in a silver Kia SUV driven by a third suspect and headed toward I-270.
A Prince George’s County Police helicopter assisting with the search for the suspects located the vehicle on southbound I-270, and the interstate was completely shut down less than 15 minutes later.
Officers with guns drawn searched vehicles that matched the silver SUV description. They eventually located the suspect’s vehicle just south of Tuckerman Lane and the three suspects were taken into custody.
A photo posted on Twitter allegedly shows the suspects being taken into custody.
Police found a handgun in the vehicle and the money stolen from the bank was found in a dump truck that had been traveling next to the suspects’ SUV. Police say the suspects threw the money into the dump truck once they realized that the police had located their vehicle.
Authorities lifted northbound travel restrictions about five minutes later, and southbound traffic was allowed to pass shortly later.
The incident came just hours after a high-speed police chase in Virginia ended with seven people being thrown from a vehicle as it crashed on Interstate 95. A 15-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries and the six other passengers were seriously hurt in that wreck.
Police have identified the three men in custody as 55-year-old Earl Kenney of Capitol Heights, 40-year-old Michael Heard of Washington, D.C., and 20-year-old Ricko Ford of Forestville.
Kenney and Heard have been charged with armed robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a violent felony. Ford has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. All three are being held in jail pending a bond review hearing.
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