Prince George County authorities arrested a 46 year-old man recently in connection with an Upper Marlboro bank robbery. On April 8, county officials allege that the man walked into a bank at the 14600 block of Church Street and demanded cash. The teller forked over some dough and the assailant fled in a gray station wagon.
As he drove away, however, a dye bag exploded and cash was sent flying into the street. Police recovered the money and no one was hurt in the incident. Later, authorities released video footage of the man and tips from the public led them to the alleged perpetrator. The man's focus will now shift to his criminal defense which will likely also have to account for charges for other robberies authorities believe he is connected with.
While details were not released, police often attempt to link an arrestee with other unsolved crimes. In this case, the robberies of a Radio Shack and an Aldi apparently also involved a man matching the description of the arrestee. As a result, he will likely face charges for nothing more than a correlation.
Importantly, authorities generally cannot use evidence of one crime to prove you committed another crime. Nevertheless, this does not stop prosecutors from trying to paint a suspect as a seasoned criminal. This type of tactic can be effective and result in steeper penalties imposed by a judge.
As a result, those charged with a crime are urged to consider consulting a local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorney. These professionals know how to counteract the strategies of the State. They can argue against trumped up charges and reduce the exposure to significant jail time. Often times, these efforts result in a plea negotiation which allows a suspect to get on with their life without a sentence that interrupts an individual's progress.
Source: The Washington Post, "Melvin King charged with bank robbery that left cash in streets of Upper Marlboro," Lyn Bui, April 24, 2014