Suspect in Elizabethtown bank robbery and stabbing previously convicted of murder
Update: Harvey Fitz who has been charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Unlawful Restraint, Possessions of instruments of Crime, and Simple Assault, for the robbery and stabbing at the M&T Bank in Elizabethtown, was previously convicted of murder.
In 1997 Fitz shot and killed his 28-year-old wife, Connie Fitz.
Fitz, then 53-years-old, was sentenced to 17 1/2 to 40 years in state prison. He was released in Feb. 2015 and was under state supervision.
Shortly after the robbery took place police were able to track down the suspect. Elizabethtown officers were joined by officers from Northwest Regional, Mount Joy Borough, Manheim Borough, and Pennsylvania State Police.
Police located, stopped and took the suspect into custody.
The suspect was identified as 73-year-old Harvey Fitz III. Fitz is charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, Unlawful Restraint, Possessions of instruments of Crime, and Simple Assault.
The stabbing victim is expected to make a full recovery.
ELIZABETHTOWN, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.–A woman was stabbed during a robbery at the M&T Bank in Elizabethtown Wednesday morning, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office
It happened shortly after 9:15 a.m. at the bank located along the 100 block of South Market Street. The bank was closed as of 11:20 a.m. and crime tape roped off the entrance.
The woman, who is a bank employee, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A man was taken into custody.
Police are expected to release more information later today.
Chief Mentzer has released a statement about the robbery at the M&T Bank in Elizabethtown.
” It is unfortunately that our society suffers from these acts of violence where innocent citizens are put in harm’s way and in this case, physically harmed by the perpetrator.
The police response to this morning’s bank robbery was outstanding. The Elizabethtown police officers, assisting police agencies, together with the police dispatchers, epitomized teamwork and collaboration toward the common goal of solving this crime. I can’t say enough positive things about how the police officers, dispatchers and citizen witnesses all worked together to bring this suspect to justice. This is just one example, of which there are many that occur on a regular basis, where the public should be very proud of the police officers serving our communities.
The police want to wish the stabbing victim of this crime the very best and a speedy recovery. ”