A man arrested for robbing the M&T Bank branch on Knox Road last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday, a sentence that was enhanced when the judge found the man had two previous convictions on drug charges.
26-year-old Antonio Michael McClurkin walked into the College Park bank just after noon last September, according to the Department of Justice, pointed a handgun at a teller and ran off with $1,593 — and a hidden “explosive dye pack.”
The dye pack exploded after McClurkin left the bank, “burning McClurkin’s body,” according to a press release. A Diamondback article about the robbery said “witnesses told police they saw smoke coming out of his pants as he fled on foot.”
McClurkin evaded capture that day, but the bank teller identified McClurkin from a photo line-up and he was found two weeks later in a Virginia jail, where he showed an investigator the burn from the exploding dye pack.
“It was a brazen robbery, just a dumb robbery,” said then-police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis last year. “To rob a bank in College Park at [12:15] in the afternoon with all those people around with potentially dozens of witnesses. It’s just not real smart.”