A man who robbed a bank Wednesday afternoon in the upscale NoMa neighborhood in Northeast Washington apparently returned Thursday to rob the same bank, and then tried to rob another bank in the next block, according to the FBI.
Authorities said police officers and FBI agents who were investigating Thursday’s first robbery arrested a man during the attempted hold-up of the second bank.
“A description was put out in the first incident, and then he hit the second one, and moments later he got picked up,” said Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the FBI’s Washington field office.
Ames said investigators believe the man is the same person in all three robberies or attempted robberies. Police said he was being questioned Thursday afternoon, and charges were pending.
Police said the first robbery occurred at 12:32 p.m. Thursday at a TD Bank branch in the 1200 block of First Street NE. Ames said a man passed a note to a teller demanding money, and obtained an undisclosed amount. That block includes a hotel, a Wells Fargo bank branch, a CVS drug store and a Harris Teeter grocery store.
The second robbery occurred at 12:58 p.m. at a Premier Bank branch in the 1100 block of First Street NE. Ames said it appears it was an attempted robbery, also using a note.
Ames said investigators believe the man arrested Thursday also robbed the Premier Bank about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday.