Update: Arrest Made in Two Capital One Bank Robberies

Pierre Washington

Pierre Washington

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested a suspect that is responsible for two Capital One bank robberies that occurred on May 22 in Silver Spring and on July 24 in Germantown.

In both of the bank robberies, clear images of the suspect were obtained by detectives and released to media outlets shortly thereafter.  Later in the investigation, on August 8, video surveillance of the suspect was also released to media outlets.

On September 25, detectives received an anonymous Crime Solvers tip that provided information about a possible suspect.

With this information, detectives were able to develop Pierre Ramon Washington, age 28, of the 3400 block of Brinkley Road in Temple Hills, Maryland as the suspect in both bank robberies.  On September 25, an arrest warrant was obtained for Washington, and on September 27, Washington was arrested in Prince George’s County.

Washington was charged with two counts of Robbery and is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.

JMS

 

Advisory: Sobriety Checkpoint Tomorrow

SealWHAT:   Sobriety Checkpoint

WHERE: To Be Announced

WHEN:    Tomorrow, Friday, September 27 (11:00 p.m.) to Saturday, September 28 (3:00 a.m.)

Montgomery County Police, in partnership with Maryland State Police and the Gaithersburg City Police Department, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow night.  This enforcement is part of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.  The times of the checkpoint are approximate and the checkpoint will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.

Media personnel who are interested in covering this event may contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030.

RLI

MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

Today, Chief J. Thomas Manger announced the following promotions effective on Sunday, October 6, 2013:

Promoted to SERGEANT (assignments to be determined):

  • Corporal Mary Beth Corsiatto
  • Corporal Robert Kamensky
  • Corporal Michael Pratt

 

Promoted to CORPORAL (assignments to be determined):

  • PO3 Ijeoma Enendu
  • PO3 John O’Brien
  • PO3 Shaun Santos

 

Congratulations to the promotees and best of luck in your new positions!

JMS

Employee Robbed of Business Proceeds

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the robbery of a fast food employee who was attempting to make a commercial deposit at a bank. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On September 16 at approximately 9:53 a.m., officers responded to the PNC bank located at 13704 Middlebrook Road in Germantown for the report of a robbery of a bank customer.  Investigation by detectives has revealed that an adult female employee of Roy Rogers had driven from the restaurant location (12907 Wisteria Drive) to the bank to make a deposit of business proceeds.  As she was walking to the bank entrance, the suspect grabbed the employee , pulled her to the ground, and removed the deposit bag from her person.  The suspect then ran with the deposit bag to an adjoining parking lot and entered the passenger seat of a vehicle that was waiting for him.  The vehicle then left the scene.

Detectives monitored surveillance video from the Roy Rogers and have determined that the two suspects, (the suspect who robbed the employee and the suspect believed to have driven the getaway vehicle), were inside of the restaurant and purchased food together before the robbery.  Both suspects are described as white males in their 30s.  The suspect wearing the white baseball cap, a gray sweatshirt, and black shorts, committed the robbery.  The suspect believed to have driven the getaway vehicle is wearing a gray and black sweatshirt with the number “38” and the words “Los Angeles” on the front of the sweatshirt and the letters “LA” on the back of the shirt.

Anyone with information about this robbery or the suspects is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for these crimes.

RLI

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Detectives Investigate Skimming Devices Placed on ATMs

Crime WatchDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Financial Crimes Section are investigating a series of incidents in which skimming devices have been placed on ATMs at banks located in the Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas.

Since mid-August, two bank locations, one in Bethesda and one in Chevy Chase, have been targeted by two suspects placing the devices.  The skimming devices were placed on ATMs at each bank location multiple times during the month of August.  The devices recorded the victims’ account numbers, and the accounts numbers were later used fraudulently.

Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photos of the two suspects and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying them.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ identity is asked to contact the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.

Due to these recent incidents involving ATM skimmers, detectives are offering the following tips to protect residents from becoming victimized when using an ATM or other credit card reader:

  • Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it.  Be suspicious if you notice that any parts are loose, crooked, or damaged or if you notice scratches or adhesive or tape residue on the device.
  • When entering your pin, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
  • If possible, use an ATM that is located inside of the bank as these machines are less accessible to criminals to install skimmers.
  • If the ATM is located inside the bank and your card is required to access the inside, check the card reader prior to swiping your card.
  • Use caution when using ATMs in tourist areas.  These machines are popular targets of skimmers.
  • If your card is not returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel”, immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
  • Beware of “shoulder surfers” – individuals behind you who may be looking over your shoulder to obtain your PIN number.

In all instances, if you are suspicious of a device, do not use it, and notify the financial institution of your concerns immediately or contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.

JMS