It was a bad day for robbing banks yesterday. Washington and Bladensburg police arrested five suspects in a number of robberies yesterday at financial institutions in the Washington area.
At 10:25 a.m., three men robbed the Citizens Bank of Maryland at 4805 Annapolis Rd. Two of the bandits fled in a car pursued by Bladensburg police. A suspect in the holdup was arrested nearby. He was identified as Melvin Pervis, 19, of Washington.
Bladensburg police Sgt. Rai Pollard chased the speeding car into the District, where it struck a parked car at 28th Street and Evarts Place NE. The suspects jumped from the car and Pollard, joined by other officers, gave chase.
When the suspects ignored orders to halt, Pollard fired a shot that struck one man in the buttocks. He was identified as Eric Curtis Lewis, 22, of Washington. He was listed in satisfactory condition at D.C. General Hospital. Pervis and Lewis were charged with armed robbery, police said.
At 11:30 a.m., the First American Bank at 444 North Capitol St. was robbed, and police said they arrested Marshall Bernard Johnson, 30, of 222 R St. NW and charged him with armed bank robbery.
At 1:05 p.m., the Columbia First Federal Savings and Loan at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW was robbed. Police said Samuel Gadson, 51, of 3325 Poplar Dr., Upper Marlboro, was arrested inside and charged with bank robbery.
At 3:33 p.m., Richard Williams of 906 K St. NE, was arrested inside the Madison Bank at 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and charged with attempted bank robbery, investigators said.