BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Harford County have arrested a 19-year-old bank teller in a home invasion in Bel Air earlier this week.

Police said Nathan Michael Newell broke into a home in the 1800 block of Still Pond Way in Bel Air Monday night and began assaulting one of the home’s residents, a 78-year-old man, until another resident, a 57-year-old woman, intervened. Newell than ran upstairs while the second resident ran to a neighbor’s home to call police.

Police said Newell had fled the scene by the time they arrived.

One of the residents was treated at the scene for injuries; the other was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police later learned one of the victims had withdrawn a large amount of money from the bank at which Newell worked.

“In 34 years in law enforcement, I can’t think of another case where it’s almost like a reverse bank robbery,” Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said. “Where the teller is gleaning the information that this might be an attractive target.”

He was arrested Thursday at the bank and has been charged with home invasion, robbery, first-degree and third-degree burglary and first-degree and second-degree assault, police said.

He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center where he’s being held without bail.

Jennifer Klein, who has lived on the block for over a decade, said up until now she hasn’t been able to sleep.

“You have to mind everything nowadays,” she said. “The bank, the store, anyone could be watching you.”

Rachel Menitoff

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