Shooting, car-jacking, armored car robbery in Takoma Park

Takoma Park Police

BY Catherine E. Plevy, Public Information Officer, Takoma Park Police

On Friday, October 26, 2012, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Takoma Park Police
responded to the 1300 block of University Blvd., Takoma Park, Maryland,
in front of the Cricket Wireless store, for reports of a robbery of an
armored car in progress with shots fired. Montgomery County Police and
Prince George’s County Police also responded out due to the nature of
the incident. Once on scene, investigators determined that a guard
driving an armored car service was exiting the establishment after
making a delivery and a pick up for a known quantity of currency. As he
was returning to his armored vehicle, he was confronted by a suspect who
pointed an unknown caliber handgun at him and ordered him to ground.
The guard attempted to flee back to the establishment when a second
suspect, also armed with a handgun, charged towards him and opened fire.
The guard returned fire causing both suspects to flee towards a waiting
gray Jeep Cherokee, which was situated in the parking lot approximately
six spaces west of the related establishment. As the suspect vehicle
backed out of the space, the guard continued to fire at the vehicle as
he retreated to the front of the armored vehicle using it as a cover.
The suspect driver fled west in the parking lot towards New Hampshire
Avenue.

As a result of the gunfire, two bystanders were struck by ricocheting
bullet fragments, but their injuries were non-life threatening and did
not require immediate medical attention.l

At approximately 4:19 p.m., Takoma Park Police were notified that a
second shooting and carjacking had just taken place in the 6700 block of
Conway Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, with a gunshot victim. The
suspects from the armored car robbery abandoned the jeep they had been
driving and approached a citizen getting into his vehicle. One of the
suspects shot the victim, taking his vehicle and fleeing the area. He
was initially taken to the Washington Adventist Hospital and
subsequently flown to an area trauma center. The condition of the
victim is unknown at this time.

The vehicle that was car-jacked was recovered after being set on fire
in an alley behind the 5200 block of Kansas Lane, NW, Washington, D.C.

The two suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: black male, dark clothing, black jacket, black mask (armed
with a handgun)

Suspect 2: black male, dark clothing, hooded top, black or gray mask
(armed with a handgun).

These suspects are wanted for attempted murder, armed robbery, 1st
degree assault and reckless endangerment, among other charges.

Takoma Park Police Criminal Investigators, Montgomery County Major
Crimes, the Special Assignment Team (SAT), and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation.

Investigation continues under case #12053149. Anyone with information
about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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