MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - Police continue to investigate an armed carjacking and strong-arm robbery in Silver Spring that could be linked to a shooting in Takoma Park.
According to the Montgomery County Police Department, officers arrived at the 8060 block of 13th St. on August 29, 2023, around 2:14 a.m., for the report of a robbery. Police say the adult male victim was walking when he was approached by the suspect on a bicycle who made threatening remarks and indicated he had a weapon.
The victim gave the suspect his wallet, containing cash, and the suspect left the scene on his bicycle, going southbound on Georgia Ave. Police responded to the 7-Eleven in the 7900 block of Georgia Ave. on the same date, around 2:26 a.m., for the report of a carjacking.
It was determined that the adult male victim was standing outside the 7-Eleven when the suspect, who was riding a bicycle, approached him, pulled out a black handgun, and demanded the keys to a silver Toyota Camry. The victim gave the suspect his keys and the suspect drove away in the Camry, towards D.C.
Police say the suspect is described as a juvenile Black male, approximately 14 to 16 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing all-black clothing, a black face mask, and a white and black Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro shoes.
It was later determined that the same suspect, and three other suspects, used the stolen Camry in another armed robbery attempt which developed into a shooting in Takoma Park on that same day.
A report from the Takoma Park Police Department mentions that the victim drove his vehicle into the Sunoco gas station parking lot to the air pump around 11:12 p.m. The victim, police said, noticed a vehicle drive up behind him and saw two masked suspects exit the vehicle with guns drawn. The victim produced a legally owned firearm and shots were fired. The suspects fled the area, and the victim was not seriously physically injured during the incident.
Detectives have obtained surveillance video of the shooting and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who committed an armed carjacking and strong-arm robbery in Silver Spring.
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