In a scene out of the movies, two men robbed the First National Bank of Wyoming and one of them then shot at police cruisers pursing them during their attempt to flee town.


In a scene out of the movies, two men robbed the First National Bank of Wyoming and one of them then shot at police cruisers pursing them during their attempt to flee town.

Police caught one of the man after a chase on the highway. The Wilmington man they arrested was the passenger who shot at police from the getaway car.

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, a male suspect entered First National on the 100 block of Irish Hill Road in Felton, Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said. The suspect brandished a handgun, jumped the bank teller’s counter and demanded money from their drawers.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, Hale said. He fled the bank and entered the passenger side of a black Ford Explorer with a New Jersey license plate. The Ford traveled westbound on Irish Hill Road.

None of the bank’s eight female employees present during the crime were injured, Hale said.

An all points bulletin of the suspect vehicle was then transmitted, and an officer from the Harrington Police Department advised that he was in direct pursuit of the suspect vehicle, Hale said.

As other officers arrived, the suspects realized that they were being followed, he said. At this point, the suspect seated in the front passenger seat of the SUV fired shots at the pursuing patrol vehicles, striking three of them.

Officers from numerous police agencies including the Delaware State Police, Harrington Police Department, and the Felton Police Department, pursued the suspects’ vehicle until it crashed into at ditch in the 500 block of Steele’s Ridge Road in Camden-Wyoming, Hale said.

The suspects then ran away, and officers chased them. During the pursuit, a Delaware State Trooper shot one of the suspects, later identified as Russell M. Grimes, in the lower portion of his body, Hale said. Grimes, 40, Wilmington was then taken into custody. He was the passenger who shot at police from the getaway car.

He was transported by EMS to the Kent General Hospital where he was treated and released for his injury, Hale said.

A perimeter was then set up and a search of the area was conducted for the second suspect. Police called off the search after four hours.

Grimes was charged with:
• Robbery 1st Degree
• Conspiracy 2nd Degree
• Theft
• Aggravated Menacing (8 counts)
• Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony
• Criminal Impersonation
• Forgery Second Degree

Grimes was arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the James Vaughn Correctional Institution in lieu of $94,000 cash bail.

Local and state police continue their search for the second suspect, described as a black male with a light complexion and 6-foot tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and gray pants. This suspect may also be armed and should be considered dangerous.

The trooper involved in this incident is a 16-year veteran of the Delaware State Police assigned to Troop 3 in Dover. He has been placed on administrative duty as per departmental policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.