Suspect in bank robberies led troubled life of drugs, prison

D.C. police said it took Timothy Louria Jennings Sr. a few minutes to rob a bank in downtown Washington. It was enough time, they said, for a parking agent to notice the getaway car was illegally parked.

By the time police said Jennings emerged from the M&T bank near 12th and F streets NW with a black bag filled with money, his 2003 champagne colored Cadillac had a ticket under a windshield wiper.

Undaunted, authorities said the 60-year-old Jennings drove 10 blocks to two other banks near Farragut Square and tried to rob them as well, all within 15 minutes. A witness copied down his license plate number. Hours later, police found Jennings and arrested him.

Jennings, a onetime bus driver who grew up in the District, has spent his life in and out of prison, and on and off drugs. Before his latest arrest on July 21, he had served nearly 12 years in federal prison for robbing three banks in the District and three in Maryland. He was freed in March.

His sister, Pamela Jennings-Smith, said after his release her brother had been in the habit of calling or stopping by her house in Hyattsville every day. He got a job cleaning floors at an area hospital, found a place to live in Southeast and bought a used Cadillac.

“He is an intelligent, good hearted person,” his sister said. “It’s so sad. It’s hard to believe that he did it 10 years and now they’re saying he went and did it again. We just don’t understand.”

The sister described her brother’s arrest as the latest in a series troubles for a man whose life’s endeavors have been a series of stops and starts. He dropped out of high school in the 10th grade but returned after realizing “there is nothing on the street and he needed an education to make it,” his sister said. He went to college for two years, and after went to prison, where he finished his degree in accounting. He later became a bus driver for Metro. His younger brother Anthony was stabbed to death in Lorton Prison in 1992.

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