IMAGE: Police, Brinks representatives and others at the scene around 12:40 p.m., Oct. 25. Photo by Bill Brown.
BY BILL BROWN
OCT 25–A Brinks armored truck was robbed at gun point around noon today just after it stopped outside SunTrust bank’s Old Takoma branch on Carroll Avenue.
The Brinks driver exited the truck to deliver currency to the bank when, according to the Takoma Park police, two suspects with assault rifles approached. The two armed suspects took the currency and fled in a vehicle down Carroll Avenue, making a right on to Westmoreland Avenue. The victim was not physically injured.
A witness, Luiz Corbeiro, only saw one of the suspects. He said he had just exited the Magic Carpet, a shop a few doors down from SunTrust when he saw the armored car stop in front of the bank. The Brinks driver got out, he said, as did the passenger of a red car just behind the truck. The red car had temporary plates and had been following the truck, said Corbeiro.
The passenger was wearing a black mask and he carried a weapon Corberio described as a machine gun with a big barrel. He gestured wide with his hands to indicate the length of the gun. The gun-wielding man was dark complected and, he estimated, about six feet tall.
Brinks armored truck parked outside SunTrust bank, Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Photo by Bill Brown.
Police and other official vehicles parked around the Carroll and Laurel Avenue intersection where the incident occurred. Photo by Bill Brown.
The gunman forced the driver to the ground, said the witness, and grabbed a large sack of money out of the open truck. He got back into the red car which fled down Carroll Avenue to the east. The robber remained cool and calm throughout the operation, said Corbeiro.
Owner of Magic Carpet Deniz Kanter, who came out of her store shortly after the robbers fled, said the driver was “shook up,” and had been taken inside the bank. By 12:30 p.m., the driver’s fiancee had come to the scene and, visibly upset, was sitting on a bench talking into her cell phone.
At least eight police and other agency vehicles had converged on the intersection by that time. A crowd of uniformed and plainclothes police officers was there, as were Brinks personnel. Police on the scene declined to provide information.
A statement from the Takoma Park Police Department was issued at 2:48 p.m. saying that the robbery is being investigated jointly with Montgomery County Police and the Baltimore Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).