It didn’t take long for D.C. police detective Elmer Baylor Jr. to track down a suspect in the robbery of a Capitol One Bank on Feb. 17, court records show – it was the same man whom the detective had arrested on charges of robbing that same bank nearly four years ago.
This lightning-hits-the-same-bank-twice saga began on Sept. 10, 2008, at the Capitol One branch at 1200 F Street NW, when a robber approached a teller and handed her a note saying, “I have a gun and I am going to shoot through the window.”
The man, wearing a red-and-yellow striped shirt, demanded $2,000 in hundred-dollar bills, authorities said, and fled the scene with $2,600.
The detective distributed flyers with the robber’s photograph, and another officer recognized the man as Frank Lester Reddick, 23, of the District, as a suspect in another robbery. Police quickly charged Reddick in the Capitol One heist.
In a deal with prosecutors, Reddick later pleaded guilty to another bank robbery, robbery and other offenses including assault. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison by a federal judge and was released in November.
Fast forward to Feb. 17: Baylor, the detective, learned that a robbery appeared the bank and passed a note to a teller that said, “This is a robbery and no joke. I have a gun if you don’t give me the money, I’m going to shoot you,” court records show.
The robber, police said, told the teller, “no dye packs,” and demanded “hundreds, just give me hundreds.”
The man is accused of fleeing with $5,800. While reviewing surveillance footage of the robbery, Baylor “immediately recognized” the suspect as Reddick, the same man he had charged in the 2008 heist.
Reddick, arrested on Monday, is being detained pending a hearing late next month in the District’s federal court.
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