Three men charged in Rockville bank robbery -- Gazette.Net


The three men arrested in connection with a Tuesday bank robbery that led to the shutdown of a major interstate are being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Earl Michael Kenney, 55, of Capitol Heights and Michael Anthony Heard, 40, of Washington, D.C., were charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a violent felony. Kenny and Heard are being held on $1 million bond set Wednesday.

Ricko Damon Ford, 20, of Forestville, was charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Ford is being held on $300,000 bond, according to Montgomery County District Court records accessed online.

Attorneys for the men were not listed in a search of online court records Wednesday.

The robbery was reported at 10 a.m. at a Wells Fargo bank branch at 404 King Farm Blvd., Rockville, triggering a manhunt on Interstate 270, said Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz.

Police using “investigative means” found the car the robbers used to escape traveling along I-270, said Officer Janelle Smith. Smith declined to comment on how police knew the SUV was on the highway.

A police helicopter eventually found the SUV heading south on I-270, spurring state police to shut down traffic in both directions.

According to the State Highway Administration website, the closure started a little after 10 a.m.

Police arrested the trio on I-270 near Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda less than an hour after the robbery was reported.