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Posted on: April 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Serial Newark Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Maryland

Vaughn, Nichholas

April 1, 2017 – On Friday, March 31, 2017 at approximately 5:39 p.m. Newark Police Officers responded to the WSFS Bank located at 201 Suburban Drive after receiving a 911 call from an employee advising that a subject matching the description of a serial bank robber was in the bank.  Arriving officers observed a black male subject wearing glasses with his hood up entering a black Nissan Altima with its license plate obstructed in the bank parking lot.  Officers recognized this subject as matching the description of a suspect in three other recent bank robberies in Newark.  The suspect vehicle refused to stop on command and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued southbound on Elkton Road.  Newark Officers discontinued the pursuit in the area of Interchange Boulevard due to the suspect’s erratic driving.  A description of the suspect and suspect vehicle was provided to Maryland State Police and a short time later Newark Officers were advised that Maryland State Police had the suspect stopped in his vehicle at a North East, MD truck stop located at 75 North East Road. Newark Officers responded to the truck stop and confirmed the suspect, Nicholas R. Vaughn, was the same person that had fled the bank.  Officers learned that Vaughn had been in WSFS Bank for several minutes and that an employee called 911 prior to the robbery occurring.  Vaughn eventually approached a 30 year old female teller and demanded money.  The teller subsequently turned over an undisclosed amount of cash to Vaughn and he left the bank.


Vaughn was subsequently arrested by the Maryland State Police on an outstanding warrant from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.  Newark Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Vaughn for four bank robberies based on evidence recovered from him and his vehicle, interviews conducted by Newark Officers, and surveillance footage.  Vaughn was charged with robberies at the following banks: TD Bank, 230 E. Delaware Ave (2/11/2017); American Spirit Federal Credit Union, 1110 Elkton Road (2/24/2017); Wells Fargo, 622 S. College Avenue (3/10/2017), WSFS Bank, 201 Suburban Drive (3/31/2017).


Vaughn was turned over to the custody of the Harford County Detention Center and is currently awaiting extradition to Delaware.



Nicholas R. Vaughn (photo attached)

31 year old black male

Baltimore, MD



Robbery 1st (2 counts)

Robbery 2nd (2 counts)


There is no surveillance video available at this time.


Anyone with additional information on this incident should contact Detective Daniel Bystricky, 302-366-7100 x3136, or


You can send an anonymous text message tip by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at where a reward may be available.


The Newark Police Department affirms that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a

reasonable doubt.





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