A White House guard has been charged with armed robbery after allegedly holding up a bank in Laurel.

FBI officials said that John A. Bachmann Jr., 29, a Laurel resident and a member of the Uniformed Division of the U.S. Secret Service, was arrested Monday afternoon, hours after the Citizens National Bank was held up. He appeared before a U.S. Magistrate yesterday afternoon and was released without bond.

FBI officials would not release details of the investigation that led to Bachmann's arrest, but said he was arrested at the FBI's Hyattsville office, where he was being questioned.

According to the FBI, at 9:05 a.m. a man entered the bank, located on Laurel-Bowie Road, produced a handgun and demanded money. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount, officials said, and subsequently escaped.

Bachmann was held overnight Monday at the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. He was questioned again yesterday morning by the FBI and then taken before U.S. Magistrate George E. Burgess for a bond hearing and to be formally advised of the charge against him.

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed that Bachman is a uniformed member of that agency and is assigned to the White House complex. The spokesman said Bachmann was placed on administrative leave yesterday, but refused to release any details of his length of employment with the Secret Service.