Social worker for D.C. schools is charged in 6 Maryland bank heists

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 21, 2010

A 47-year-old social worker with the D.C. public schools was arrested this week and charged in six bank robberies, officials said.

Prince George's County police said Damon K. Roberts Jr. was arrested Thursday at his home on Carlough Street in the Carmody Hills-Pepper Mill Village area.

A D.C. schools spokeswoman said Roberts was a special education social worker. He was placed on administrative leave and was not assigned to a school, she said.

A neighbor said that Roberts kept to himself and that Roberts had only the briefest of exchanges with him as they passed on the street.

Calls to Roberts's home on a curving, tree-lined street of ample lawns and neat single family homes were not returned. The street is about a mile west of FedEx Field.

Police said Roberts was charged with six counts of robbery in connection with holdups in the Largo and Bowie areas between March 12 and July 8.

One bank was robbed each month except for June, when there were two holdups.

In each robbery, police said, a man posing as a customer passed a note to a teller demanding money. When he got money, police said, the man fled on foot.

No injuries occurred in any of the robberies, police said. It was not clear how much was taken.

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