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Southeast man is charged with robbing several District banks last month

D.C. police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday on charges he robbed four banks in June, including three in one day, officials said in a statement.

Authorities arrested Maurice Douglas, of Southeast Washington Tuesday morning on a U.S. District Court warrant that charged him with a robbery spree that began on June 6 and ended on June 20, police said.

In the first robbery, a man walked into the PNC branch in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. He then handed a teller a note demanding cash and left shortly before 1 p.m. with an undisclosed amount of money.

Two weeks later, a man who fit the same description robbed or tried to rob three banks in the same day, beginning with the Wells Fargo in the 3200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. He fled the scene without any cash.

About four hours later, he tried to rob another Wells Fargo branch in the 1200 block of First Street NE, but was unsuccessful. Five minutes later, he walked into the TD Bank in the same block, passed another note and left the building with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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