Police: Kensington Bank Robber Admitted To 3 Other Robberies

Jose Mercedes, via MCPMontgomery County Police said the bank robbery suspect they found hiding in a backyard shed on Monday admitted to robbing two banks in Potomac and one in Bethesda.

Police said Jose Mercedes, 45, of Hyattsville, entered the M&T Bank at 10420 Montgomery Ave. in Kensington around 4:39 p.m. on Monday. Police said Mercedes then passed a note to the teller demanding money and implying he had a weapon.

Mercedes was given cash, police said, before being tracked down with the help of K9 officers to a backyard shed in the 3200 block of McComas Avenue. Police said the cash from the bank was in Mercedes’ pockets. Police said they also found the money bag and other evidence nearby.

Police said Mercedes then admitted to committing a Dec. 21 bank robbery at the M&T Bank at 10100 River Rd., the Dec. 26 robbery at the M&T Bank at 7920 Norfolk Ave. and the March 1 bank robbery at the Wells Fargo at 9812 Falls Rd.

Police have charged Mercedes with four counts of armed robbery.

He is being held without bond and has a bond review hearing at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at District Court in Rockville.

Photo via MCP

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