Police: Man Robs Bank, Hails Cab, Gets Arrested

By N.C. Aizenman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 25, 2008; 4:53 PM

The list of world's dimmest criminals may have just gotten longer: Police said that a suspect who allegedly robbed a PNC Bank at 1400 K Street NW this morning hailed a taxi to flee the scene.

According to police, the taxi driver dropped the suspect not too far away at 14th and Euclid streets NW, then promptly returned to the bank to alert police. The suspect, 43-year-old Francis Clifton Marshall, of no fixed address, was apprehended in the area a short time later.

Police said that Marshall entered the bank about 9:30 a.m. and persuaded a teller to give him an undetermined amount of cash by passing a note claiming that he had a bomb. It is unclear whether Marshall actually had a bomb. He was charged with bank robbery and probation violation, and he is due to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court tomorrow.

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