Recent arrests for bank robbery, stabbing

Photo: Bank robbery suspect from Aug. 6 bank security video.

Takoma Park Police announced two arrests last week: one for an August bank robbery (as reported in the Voice), another for a recent stabbing.

Mitchell Smith, 44, of Lanham, MD was taken into custody at a Lanham, MD motel September 10, 2015. The arrest was made without incident. A Takoma Park Special Assignment Team, Prince George’s County Police auto theft squad and a member of the Montgomery County Police robbery squad were present.


Mitchell Smith. Takoma Park Police Department photo.

The robbery unfolded just before noon August 6. at the Capitol One Bank in the 1100 block of University Blvd. at the New Hampshire Avenue intersection. A man passed a note demanding money to a teller who handed over an undisclosed amount. The robber inferred he had a weapon, but there were no injuries to the bank employees or customers.

Police believed that this suspect was the same one who robbed a Suntrust Bank on Cherry Hill Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 30.

Since the robberies seemed related Takoma Park Police, Montgomery County Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been working together on the case. The joint investigation led officers to the identity and arrest of the suspect.

A search warrant was issued for Smith’s motel room. Smith’s vehicle was towed to Montgomery County Police Department headquarters to be searched pursuant to a search warrant.

Stabbing arrest

Sept. 12, 2015 the Takoma Park Police arrested Osman B. Bolanos, 21, of Washington, D.C., for stabbing a man at a University Boulevard residence.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 4:25 AM. They found several people in front of the residence, one of whom resembled the description of the suspects. Police report that the people were “disorderly and uncooperative with officers.”

They found the victim at the rear/side of the residence suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. He was taken to the hospital with non-threatening injuries.

The suspect was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-dregree assault, carrying a weapon with Intent to Injure, and drug charges related to possession of and intent to sell marijuana

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Bill Brown
Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s.