Markeyss Gilbert
Markeyss Gilbert (Photos courtesy of nycrpd.org)

A group of Baltimore men who allegedly pulled off a takeover-style armed robbery at a Manchester Township bank about 13 months ago couldn't stay ahead of investigators, despite one of robbers being a college student, police said.

Northern York County Regional Police said three men are locked up so far. They are:

* Erik Alexander Clark, 19, who briefly lived on Philip Court in Manchester Township with his uncle when he attended Penn State York.

Now of 1924 Heathfield Road in Baltimore, Clark is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and receiving stolen property. He remains in York County Prison on $75,000 bail.

* Markeyss V. Gilbert, 20, of 1301 Gittings Ave. in Baltimore.

Erik Clark
Erik Clark
He's in York County Prison on $250,000 bail, charged with robbery, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license.

* Demetrius Lavon Griffin, 22, of 1315 Harlem Ave. in Baltimore, is being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center. He will be charged with the same offenses Gilbert is facing, police said.

'Mastermind': Gilbert is believed to be the mastermind behind the stickup, according to police.

Gilbert, Griffin and a third man rushed into the Fulton Bank at 3183 Susquehanna Trail at 11:21 a.m. Oct. 27, 2011, wearing masks and gloves and brandishing guns, charging documents allege. They committed a takedown-style robbery and made off with $5,177, documents allege. No one was hurt.

Clark was the getaway driver and waited outside the bank in his gold Dodge Stratus, police allege.

A witness to the robbery initially described the getaway driver as a woman, but investigators later realized the witness was mistaken, Northern Regional Lt. David Lash said. However, a witness was able to get the getaway vehicle's license-plate number, police said.

Car found: Police tracked down the car -- and subsequently Clark -- a few hours after the stickup, but Clark denied any involvement, documents state.

At the time, Clark, Gilbert and Griffin were reportedly living in an apartment in the first block of North West Street in York City, police said.

Police found $1,291 in Clark's pocket, but Clark told them it was a gift from a cousin, according to documents, which state that if the stolen cash was split up between three robbers and a getaway driver, each would get about $1,294.

Detectives also tracked down Gilbert and others believed to have knowledge of the robbery, documents state, but Gilbert told them he knew nothing about it.

Waiting game: They collected DNA swabs from Clark and Gilbert and waited for a break in the case.

"We knew early in the investigation who the players were," Lash said. "We just didn't have the evidence to charge them until we found Mr. Griffin."

Although detectives were searching for Griffin, they had identified him only by his street name of "Webbie," Lash said.

About a month ago, police figured out "Webbie" was Griffin and tracked him down to the Baltimore City Detention Center, according to Lash.

Confession: Griffin confessed to helping commit the robbery and implicated Gilbert, Clark and the third bank robber, who has not yet been arrested, documents state.

Two women associated with the group have now provided information as well, police said. One reported Clark was bragging about the stickup and claimed to be the mastermind behind it, while the other said Gilbert and Griffin confessed to her and showed her a bag containing a gun, cash and other items, documents state.

Lash said police expect to arrest the third bank robber, and perhaps a fourth person believed to be peripherally connected to the holdup. The York Dispatch is withholding their names until charges are filed.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.