"Blonde Bandit" Suspect Captured After Attempted Bank Robbery

Suspect crashed vehicle at Old Georgetown Road

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    After allegedly attempting to rob a bank in Fairfax County, Va., the woman suspected in two bank robberies, a carjacking and an attempted carjacking was arrested Wednesday.

    After two weeks of pursuit, police caught up with the woman dubbed the "Blonde Bandit."

    Police took 26-year-old Stephanie Schwab into custody after a three-car crash on the Beltway Wednesday afternoon.

    Fairfax County, Va., police had been tailing her vehicle after they received a report of an attempted robbery at the BB&T bank on Old Dominion Drive in McLean. A woman passed a note to a teller and demanded money but fled in a blue Ford Escape without getting any.

    An officer spotted the car on Interstate 495 and followed it into Montgomery County, Md., where Schwab was involved in a crash wtih a Suburban and a Chevy Impala at Old Georgetown Road, police said. She fled on foot but was caught by the officer from Fairfax County, police said.

    Raw Video: Police Arrest Suspected "Blonde Bandit"

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    A woman suspected in a carjacking, an attempted carjacking and two bank robberies is taken into custody after an attempted bank robbery.

    Schwab is suspected in at least two prior bank robberies, a carjacking at Tysons Galleria, and an attempted carjacking in Baltimore County.

    On Thanksgiving Day in Maryland, the 5-foot-6 Schwab allegedly asked for and received a ride from a woman in a Baltimore County Safeway parking lot.  Once inside the woman's car, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife and ordered the victim out.  The victim resisted, trying to grab the knife, and was wounded.  The carjacking was not successful.

    Schwab also was connected to a carjacking at Tysons Galleria on Nov. 19. Schwab allegedly posed as a college student and asked a woman to give her a ride to get some gas. Down the road, she pulled a knife on the woman, ordered her out and took the woman's 2003 Acura, police said.

    Schwab is also the suspect in a Nov. 18 bank robbery in Prince William County and a Nov. 22 bank robbery in Springfield.

    Fairfax County police are investigating with the FBI.

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