Police: New Freedom bank robber peed in holding cell

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say a man who robbed a New Freedom bank Friday peed in their holding cell.
  • Aaron Ornstein and Andrea Martin, both of Edgewood, Maryland, allegedly robbed the PeoplesBank.
  • The two were remanded to York County Prison.

Southern Regional Police say an alleged bank robber urinated in his holding cell Friday and proceeded to remove bolts from a bench in the lock-up.

According to police, Aaron Ornstein, 53, of Halethorpe, Maryland, and Andrea Martin, 36, of Edgewood, Maryland, robbed the PeoplesBank on East Main Street in New Freedom on Friday.

Aaron Ornstein

Robbery: Police were sent there about noon and employees gave descriptions of the suspects and vehicle. According to charging documents, Ornstein demanded money from a teller, and the money was placed into a plastic bag.

Within "two minutes," Ornstein and Martin were found on Miller Park Drive in Shrewsbury Township, according to a news release from police.

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The two were behind the car, switching out a stolen Pennsylvania license plate with a Maryland license plate, the release states.

Both were taken into custody.

In custody: While in custody, a stolen bag of money was found in Martin's underwear, according to police.  She had $2,087 in various dollar denominations on her, documents state.

Martin allegedly threw a plastic bag from her pants while in the holding cell, and police say it matched the bag used by Ornstein in the robbery.

Ornstein said Martin is his wife, and said she had nothing to do with the robbery, police said.

When police told him they couldn't do anything about it because she had the money, Ornstein said "I robbed the bank," while smacking his chest with his fist, according to court documents.

After that, police say Ornstein became emotional, and said he had not had a job in four months.

Police say after they left Ornstein in the holding cell, he began urinating on the floor of the room.

"Prior to and during, he did not ask for or request the use of a bathroom," Detective Richard Blais II wrote in charging documents. Ornstein then began disassembling the bench in the cell, and placed the nuts and washers into the floor drain of the room, police said.

High bail: The two are charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of stolen property, police said. Ornstein also was charged with institutional vandalism after police say he peed in his holding cell.

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Andrea Martin

Ornstein and Martin were arraigned on the charges at central booking Friday night.

Martin was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail, police said, and Ornstein remains in York County Prison without bail.

Blais requested high bail for Ornstein because of his extensive criminal history, documents state. He has an "extensive 10-page criminal history," in which he had been charged four times previously for resisting arrest, police said.

Additionally, he had two failure to appear for court charges and was most recently involved in an arson threat and assault May 10 in Hartford County, Maryland, according to court documents.

"Ornstein is an obvious threat to society and holds no connection to Pennsylvania which he will likely leave the state back to his residence in Maryland," Blais wrote in charging documents.

Additionally, police say while Ornstein was in confinement, he yelled that he would kill "all us police officers," and said he had voices in his head telling him to do things.

It is unclear if either have an attorney.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.