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HoCo man charged with year-old armed robbery

Posted: 2:13 PM, Jan 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-20 18:02:47-05

A Columbia man was charged with an armed robbery he allegedly committed a year ago after someone recognized him from a bank surveillance photo posted on social media.

Howard County Police said Wilbert Jimenez-Sanchez faces charges of armed robbery, assault, use of a firearm and attempted theft in the January 2015 incident. He was arrested when he re-entered the U.S. from the Dominican Republic.

Investigators posted surveillance photos of the two suspects involved on the department’s social media accounts last month.

A posting on Dec. 17, 2015 read:

"Police are asking for the public's help to identify two suspects in an unsolved armed robbery attempt that occurred in Columbia earlier this year. Detectives are asking residents to take a good look at these ATM photos from January and contact police if the suspects look familiar. Attempts to identify them have been unsuccessful and the case remains open.

On January 11, 2015 at approximately 8:51 p.m., a victim was at the SunTrust Bank ATM in the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway when two suspects, one displaying a handgun, approached him. The victim fled; nothing was stolen. No one was injured.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes these suspects to call 410-313-STOP or email     hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov."    

A tipster who recognized Jimenez-Sanchez called police about a week later.

Detectives learned Jimenez-Sanchez was out of the country visiting the Dominican Republic. They were waiting for him at BWI Airport late last week when he returned to the U.S. He was taken into custody and has been released on $75,000 bond.

Police are still seeking information on the identity of the other suspect, who is also seen on the surveillance images. Anyone with information should call 410-313-STOP or email  hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov .

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