Although slightly less obvious than walking into a bank wearing a Richard Nixon face mask, the bank teller at the National Penn Bank on Maple Heights Lane in Rising Sun, Maryland, wasn’t fooled when a man dressed like a woman went up to the teller’s window and “presented a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot the bank employees.” The drag queen bank robber fled the scene on foot just before 4 p.m. on July 23 after making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police.
Police from Rising Sun responded to a call from the bank immediately following the heist. Witnesses from the bank informed Officer Dallas Herbert of the Rising Sun Police Department that the suspect was wearing “a dress, a turtle-neck sweater, other ladies clothing accessories and a wig.” The robber didn’t show any evidence of actually having a gun during the holdup. Local police enlisted the aid of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Crime Scene Unit to help with their investigation.
By the morning of July 24, police had arrested their man, identified as Kent Hunt Buckson, 34, who lives near Newark, Delaware. The alleged bank robber was nailed at the Rodeway Inn in Newark by Delaware State Police detectives around 9 a.m. on Thursday. Buckson was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft: $10,000 under $100,000, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, according to The Cecil Whig.
Investigators involved in the Buckson bank robbery included detectives and representatives from the Delaware State Police, the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI. Those authorities, armed with search warrants, searched Buckson’s motel room, his home and his Kia Sedona mini-van. Investigators were able to connect items found at those locations which linked Buckson to the bank robbery in Rising Sun – “as well as four similar bank robberies in Delaware and Pennsylvania, in which the culprit was dressed as woman.” By Thursday evening, Buckson was a guest of the Delaware State Police and awaiting transport to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution near Wilmington, Delaware.