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Central District police, alerted by a person with a cellular phone, this morning apprehended a person suspected of robbing the Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Ellicott Square authorities said.

The masked robber entered the bank with a gun at 9:10 a.m. and left with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.

Several officers joined in a foot chase and a suspect, whose name was unavailable, was apprehended moments later at Main and West Huron streets, said police, who also recovered a knapsack believed to contain the stolen money.

"What we had was cooperation from a civilian using a cellular phone, which gave the officers the direction the guy traveled in when he left the bank," said Inspector Philip A. Ramunno, chief of detectives. "The officers then picked up the pursuit and did a heck of a job."

Officers Lynn McGrath and Tricia Bayerl captured the robber, Ramunno said, adding, "He dumped the gun and some other belongings at the scene, but held onto the knapsack because that had the cash."

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