Benjamin Hansberger, John Laforce arrested in Damascus M & T bank robbery, police say

11:24 AM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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DAMASCUS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two men have been arrested for attempting to rob a bank while an off-duty officer was there, police said.

Benjamin Edward Hansberger, 23, and John Conley Laforce, 42 are being charged with robbery, police said.

Hansberger entered the M&T bank at 9801 Main Street in Damascus at around 10:00 a.m. while Officer William Morrison was in his marked patrol car in the drive-thru, police said.

Officer Morrison noticed the teller acting strangely, saw the robbery and confronted the man as he exited the bank, police said.

Hansberger fled on foot across Woodfield Road with the officer in pursuit. He attempted to enter a waiting vehicle being driven by Laforce, police said.

Laforce quickly left and was stopped a short distance away by Officer Morrison, police said.

Hansberger fled into a wooded area behind Damascus Library. He was obtained after an intensive search with the help of additional units, police said.

The money was located and seized by responding officers.

Benjamin Edward Hansberger is also being charged with the robbery of the same bank that occurred on May 17, 2013, police said.

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