Homeless man arrested in Bucks bank robbery

Maurice Ray (Photo from Bensalem Township Police)
Maurice Ray (Photo from Bensalem Township Police)
Posted: September 25, 2012

A homeless man has been arrested and charged with robbing a Bensalem Township bank on Friday, police said Monday.

Officials said Maurice Ray, 22, put up a fight, prompting police to use a Taser on him.

According to police, Ray entered the Fulton Bank at 2100 Street Road about 4:55 p.m. Friday and handed a teller a note, demanding money and saying he had a gun.

He fled behind some nearby homes, discarding some of his clothing along the way, police said.

Bensalem police, joined by a K-9 officer and his dog from Bristol Township, searched the area for about 40 minutes when they noticed a cab pull up to the McDonald's on Street Road.

Inside the restaurant, they spotted Ray, who matched the robber's description, and tried to take him into custody, police said.

In a bid to escape, he tried to push away the officers and threw chairs at them and the police dog, hitting, but not seriously hurting, the animal, police said.

Even when hit by the Taser, Ray continued to fight until police finally subdued him, police said.

Ray confessed and was being held at Bucks County Prison in lieu of bail set $150,000.

Police did not say how much money was taken during the robbery.

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