Two men suspected of robbing eight banks in Northwest Washington and Prince George's County since Jan. 21 were arrested yesterday in Northeast Washington and charged in one of the robberies, the FBI and D.C. police reported.
They said Carl Anthony Watson, 34, of 612 Mellon St. SE, and Gino Renaldo Estep, 30, were arrested about 9:30 a.m. outside Estep's home at 4001 12th St. NE.
Both men were charged with the March 1 robbery of the Columbia First Federal Savings and Loan branch at 5301 Wisconsin Ave. NW, according to an FBI spokesman. They were arraigned before U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Attridge yesterday and ordered held without bond.
An FBI spokesman said the suspects were arrested in a car parked in the 4000 block of 12th Street NE, and that a small quantity of money and a handgun were seized.
A third person was arrested but was released after questioning by police, he said.
Watson and Estep are also suspected by the FBI in seven other bank robberies -- four in Prince George's County and three in the District. The first was the Jan. 21 holdup of the Camp Springs branch of the Maryland National Bank, 4710 Auth Pl., and the most recent occurred March 23 at the United Bank and Trust Co. of Maryland, 9131 Piscataway Rd., Clinton, according to the FBI spokesman.