(TRAPPE, MD) – According to the Maryland State Police, a cooperative Maryland State Police investigation involving local and federal law enforcement agencies has led to the arrests of three suspects who are now charged in connection with the armed robbery of a Talbot county bank on June 19, 2014, just five days before the primary election.
Those arrested by police are:
1. Hector A. Bannister 2nd, 27, of Trappe, Md. He is charged with: armed robbery, robbery, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft of $1,000-$10,000, possession of a handgun on person,
possession of a handgun in vehicle, use of a firearm in commission of a felony violent crime, illegal possession of a regulated firearm. Bannister is also wanted on warrants from Dorchester and Talbot counties for violation of probation/parole and is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center
2. Christopher M. Carroll, 24, of St. Michael’s, Md., is charged with: conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first and second degree assault, conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, theft of $1,000-$10,000, conspiracy to commit theft of $1,000-10,000. Carroll is also charged through the Talbot Co. Drug Task Force with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held at the Talbot County Detention Center
3. Clifton L. Morton, Sr., 39, of St. Michael’s, Md.
s, Md. is being charged with: conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit first and second degree assault, conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, theft of $1,000-$10,000, conspiracy to commit theft of $1,000-10,000. s Police Department on a warrant charging him with multiple robbery and related counts and is being held at the Talbot County Detention Center.
All three were arrested by the Maryland State Apprehension Team, a special unit of the Maryland State Police and local and federal law enforcement officers and agents. Bannister was arrested at a residence in Cambridge this morning. Morton was arrested last night walking in St. Michael’s. Carroll was arrested at a home in in St. Michael’s last night. Each was arrested without incident.
When police arrested Carroll, he allegedly was in possession of a large amount of suspected cocaine, which was packaged for street sales. He was charged by the Talbot County Drug Task Force, which the State Police recently reported was disbanded, with the listed drug charges. Both Bannister and Morton were wanted on warrants by other jurisdictions.
The arrests resulted from investigative work that developed evidence, leads, and information that led to the identity of the suspects and connected them with the armed robbery. A gun was displayed during the robbery, but police say that the gun has not been recovered. The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division (CED) Upper Shore was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Trappe Police Department, St. Michaels Police Department, and the Delaware State Police in the investigation.
The investigation is continuing. Police are asking anyone with information related to the Talbot bank robbery on June 19th, or any other crimes to contact the Maryland State Police. The Easton barrack TIP(s) line 410-819-4789 is available 24 hrs a day.