Bank teller accused of robbing and assaulting elderly customer at his home

The suspect rang the doorbell and forced his way into the customer's home.

November 17, 2019, 5:09 AM

A bank teller has been arrested after allegedly going to an elderly customer’s home and attempting to rob him of a large amount of money he had withdrawn from the bank earlier that same day.

Nathan Michael Newell, 19, of Bel Air, Maryland, was arrested last week in connection with the home invasion and assault on a 78-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Newell allegedly went to the customer’s residence on Monday night, rang the doorbell and forced his way into the home and began assaulting the elderly man. A second resident of the home, a 57-year-old woman, attempted to intervene but was also injured in the altercation, police said.

The suspect then ran upstairs in search of the money that was withdrawn from the bank he works at while the female who was assaulted ran to a nearby home to call the authorities and alert them about the break in and burglary, officials said.

The suspect then fled on foot, police said. Officers responded to the scene with a K-9 unit and canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

As the investigation continued, however, detectives gained information from a doorbell camera that eventually identified the suspect as Newell, a teller at the bank the victim had been to earlier in the day, police said.

Newell was arrested at the bank two days later and was charged with home invasion, robbery, first and third-degree burglary, and first and second-degree assault. He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center and is now being held without bail.

The man who was assaulted in the incident was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview after the incident and treated for non life-threatening injuries. The woman who was assaulted was treated at the scene and released.

Newell has since been fired from the bank.