A bank teller in Maryland was detained after authorities tell that he forcibly entered into the house of an elderly customer who had withdrawn several large amounts of cash and attacked him because he was in the necessity of money.
19-year-old Nathan Michael Newell of Bel-Air was detained on Wednesday at the bank where he was serving.
Police tracked him to the job after reacting to the home invasion 2 days earlier and discovering of the 78-year-old victim’s money withdrawals, tells the sheriff’s office.
After his capture, Newell reportedly admitted to the crime, telling he had done it because he was exhausted from doing 2 jobs.
The victim was brought to Johns Hopkins Bayview for treatment, he sustained a broken leg, a bruised orbital area, 2 loose teeth, and heart issues after the attack.
The man’s 57-year-old stepdaughter, who had interrupted in the attack, also sustained a cut to her face and was treated at the scene after authorities came.
Deputies were invited to the victim’s house in the 1800 block of Still Pond Way in Bel Air about 8:30 pm Monday in reference to a theft in progress, the sheriff’s office states.
Upon entry, deputies tell they were reported that a strange man had rung the doorbell and then entered inside where he assaulted the elderly man until the stepdaughter stepped in to fend off the attack.
The suspect, later identified as Newell, then ran upstairs as the stepdaughter left the residence to call for help. The suspect later escaped the house and was not discovered after a K9 search of the area, authorities told.
The intruder was covering a mask at the point of the home invasion, which had fallen off throughout the struggle, showing his face to the victim and stepdaughter.
They described to deputies they knew Newell as one of the tellers from the bank and stated that the elderly man had done some large withdrawals of money.
Newell served at the Freedom Federal Credit Union’s Fountain Green Branch on Churchville Road, the bank’s CEO verified in a comment on the sheriff’s social media post of the event.
Newell was an employee for about 9 months and was fired shortly after his capture.
Authorities charged Newell with home invasion, robbery, 1st and 3rd-degree burglary, and 1st and 2nd-degree assault. He was brought to the Harford County Detention Center, where he was being held without bail.
Last year, the teen’s father killed himself; and when Newell was 7, his older brother, who was 15 at the time, also committed suicide.