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Philadelphia Man Waives Hearing on Montgomery Twp. Bank Robbery Charges

Tony Di Domizio

Thursday, March 6, 2014 • 9:55pm

A Philadelphia man accused of robbing the TD Bank in Montgomery Township at 918 Bethlehem Pike Feb. 17 and then leading police on an alleged car chase waived his preliminary hearing Feb. 27 in Montgomery Township District Court, per court records.

William Lee Adams, 46, had five charges dropped by prosecutors as part of his waiver agreement, according to The Reporter: felony robbery, felony theft, careless driving, speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Adams faces two felony counts of robbery, felony receiving stolen property, simple assault, eluding police and reckless endangerment at trial.

On Feb. 17, at 2:46 p.m., police were dispatched to a reported bank robbery at the TD Bank, where Adams,  wearing a gray hoodie, blue pants and a bandana over his face, allegedly jumped over the teller counter and stole several thousand dollars in cash, police said.  No weapon was displayed. 

Adams then allegedly fled the bank on foot, police said. A witness saw Adams enter a white Jeep Cherokee and allegedly flee the area traveling south on Dekalb Pike, police said.

An officer from the Montgomery Township Police Department located Adams in the white Jeep Cherokee on Route 63 by Route 309. 

When officers attempted to stop Adams, he allegedly fled traveling south on the Route 309 expressway. Police said Adams exited the expressway at Route 73, and then allegedly ran from his vehicle, throwing money into the air.  He was immediately apprehended by police.  Several thousand dollars was recovered, police said.

Adams remains at Montgomery County prison in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

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