Police: Bank Robber Attempts Suicide

According to police, the suspect jumped out a third floor window

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:48 PM EDT
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Police in Prince George's County helped save the life of a bank robbery suspect Wednesday. The rescue happened when the suspect ran into a stranger's apartment as he was trying to escape capture in New Carrollton, Md. Pat Collins has more on how this bizarre bank robbery case unfolded.

Pat Collins

Police in Prince George's County helped save the life of a bank robbery suspect Wednesday. The rescue happened when the suspect ran into a stranger's apartment as he was trying to escape capture in New Carrollton, Md. Pat Collins has more on how this bizarre bank robbery case unfolded.

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The pursuit of two alleged bank robbers turned into a bizarre chase for police.

Two men allegedly robbed an M&T Bank Wednesday morning in Largo, Md., saying they had a gun.

After the robbery, the two men jumped into a black van and took off, according to police.

Police issued a look out alert for the black van, and eventually, it was stopped and cornered behind a 7-Eleven in New Carrollton.

Authorities said the two men jumped out of the van in an attempt to flee from police. The driver was captured but the passenger jumped over a barbed wire fence -- cutting his hand -- before continuing running, police said.

The suspect ran into an apartment complex and began pounding on doors, according to officials.

Police told News4’s Pat Collins a man leaving his third floor apartment was approached by the suspect and was told he was bleeding because he had an incident with the ex-boyfriend of the girl he was seeing and asked if he could come inside to clean himself.

The resident of that apartment allowed the suspect to enter. He heard police sirens outside and told the suspect he should flag down an officer to tell him what happened.

When the suspect refused, the resident became suspicious and went outside to speak with the police.

Police entered the apartment and found the suspect had tried to kill himself by jumping out the window with one end of a bed sheet tied around his neck and the other end tied to a door handle.

Police were unable to pull the man back up and cut the sheet instead, with police lined up underneath the suspect to catch him.

Police said the suspect is expected to make a full recovery, Collins reported.

Both men face numerous charges.

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