Quick arrest made in Laurel bank robbery

LAUREL – A suspected bank robber is behind bars following his arrest by Laurel town police on Thursday.

Randal Hutchins, 29, of Laurel was apprehended a short time he allegedly robbed the M & T Bank on Market Street at knife-point, according to Laurel Police Department spokesman PFC Christopher Story.

Police investigation revealed Mr. Hutchins entered the bank, displayed a knife and demanded money from the teller. Mr. Hutchins fled from the bank and was caught a short time later on Delaware Avenue.

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According to police, Mr. Hutchins admitted to robbing the bank and told police he threw the knife into Broad Creek. All money taken in the robbery was recovered, PFC Story said.

Further investigation revealed Mr. Hutchins was in possession of drug paraphernalia and he admitted that his addiction to illegal drugs was the reason for his actions, PFC Story said.

Police charged Mr. Hutchins with robbery first degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, aggravated menacing and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $106,000 secured bond.

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