Suspect who tried to hang himself expected to plead guilty in robberies

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A Prince George's County bank robbery suspect who tried to hang himself from an apartment window rather than face arrest is expected to plead guilty in a series of heists, according to court documents.

Reginald Anthony Lasley, 40, was one of two men arrested in April during a bizarre police chase following a bank robbery of a M&T Bank in Largo.

Lasley is expected to plead guilty to robbing two SunTrust Banks, one in Landover on April 6, and another in Upper Marlboro on April 9. Lasley last week was charged by information in both bank heists, an indication that a plea deal is in the works. A hearing has not been scheduled.

On the morning of April 11, law enforcement agents investigating several robberies in Prince George's County were keeping surveillance on a black Dodge van believed to have been used in the getaways when a man entered the van's rear passenger side door and drove off.

The surveillance of the van was terminated a short time later.

About an hour later, the black van was used in the robbery of the M&T Bank at 10410 Campus Way in Largo, and a police lookout was broadcast for the vehicle.

A Prince George's County police officer observed the vehicle in Lanham, and gave chase.

The van stopped behind a 7-Eleven store in New Carrollton, and the driver was immediately arrested, but Lasley jumped a barbed-wired fence leading to the Frenchman's Creek Condominiums on Karen Elaine Drive, police said.

Lasley, who was seriously bleeding, entered a stranger's apartment, police said. Officers set up a perimeter, and dispatched a tracking dog.

Lasley jumped from the apartment window with a sheet tied around his neck in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, police said.

As Lasley hung from the window, officers rushed into the apartment. After trying unsuccessfully to pull the 6-feet-2, 200 pound Lasley back inside, an officer used a duty knife to cut the sheet. Lasley fell to the earth where the officers below caught him and broke his fall, police said.

A search of his jeans pockets found $1,641 in cash and a note that read, "This is a robbery give me all your $100s, $50s, and $20s Now!"

At the time of his arrests, Lasley was also wanted for an armed robbery of a CVS pharmacy at 825 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring on Feb. 12. At the time of the robbery, he was an employee of CVS.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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