Officers Encounter Suspect Armed with a Gun after Responding to a Disorderly/Noise Complaint

David Leroy Bruce

Yesterday, August 29 at approximately 8:13 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 3300 block of Parkford Manor Terrace for a disorderly/noise complaint in progress.

Once on scene, responding officers could hear that the volume of the television was set at a very high level. Officers verbally announced their presence toward an open balcony door but got no response. They could see that someone was inside. One of the three officers, all in full uniform, then knocked on the front door and again announced that they were police. When the door slowly opened, a handgun was pointed directly at the officer while the suspect attempted to conceal himself behind the door.

The officers took cover and continued to shout commands to drop the gun. The suspect came out to his balcony and maintained control of the gun for several minutes as officers continued to give clear verbal commands to drop the weapon. Eventually the suspect dropped his gun but officers could not be certain if he would pick it back up or if he had any other weapons on him.

After backup officers arrived, the officers forced entry into the apartment and the suspect followed their commands to leave the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident.

Responding detectives from the Firearms Investigations Unit recovered a handgun loaded with six .32-caliber rounds that the suspect had pointed at the officer. Additional firearms were located and seized. A surveillance camera monitor was observed inside the apartment which could make it possible for the suspect to observe officers approach prior to them knocking on the front door.

David Leroy Bruce, age 59, of the above block address, was charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime. Bond Information is not yet available.

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Detectives Seek Help from Public to Identify Commercial Armed Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section are today releasing surveillance photographs of two suspects involved in a commercial armed robbery that occurred on August 8 at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the CVS/Pharmacy located at 9520 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The public is being asked for assistance in identifying the suspects.

The initial investigation revealed that a male suspect armed with a handgun entered the CVS. With him was another male suspect who served as a lookout while the armed suspect committed the robbery. The store cashier and manager were forced at gunpoint to provide the cash contents of the store’s safe. Both suspects fled in an unknown direction.

The armed suspect is described as a male with fair to medium complexion, wearing a gray baseball cap, a gray scarf which covered the bottom half of his face, black shirt, black pants, and white tennis shoes.

The suspect, who served as a lookout standing by the store’s entrance, is described as a black male with a dark complexion and black dreadlocks/twists, wearing a green construction helmet, a yellow reflective vest, black tee shirt, and tan cargo pants.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects and/or this commercial armed robbery is asked to call robbery detectives 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).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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armed robber in black

 

armed robber

lookout suspect

lookout suspect

lookout suspect

 

Detectives Investigate Bicycle Theft; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate the August 14 theft of a bicycle from an open garage that occurred at a residence in North Potomac.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Sunday, August 20, 1st District officers responded to a residence in the 11400 block of Grey Colt Lane for the report of the theft of a bicycle.  The homeowner stated to officers that he recently noticed that his bicycle was missing from his garage.  The homeowner further stated that he reviewed home surveillance video and observed that on Monday, August 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the suspect entered his open garage and stole the bicycle.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this theft is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Surveillance video of suspect who stole a bicycle from a garage.

Detectives Investigate Colesville Pharmacy Armed Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the August 15 armed robbery of a The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Colesville.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Tuesday, August 15 at approximately 1:03 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy located at 12838 New Hampshire Avenue for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspects, who were wearing dark clothing, gloves, concealing their faces, and one of whom was armed with a handgun, entered the pharmacy.  The suspects vaulted the counter, confronted a clerk, and demanded prescription medication.  The clerk complied with the suspects’ demands.  The suspect’s stole several types of prescription medication from the pharmacy and then fled from the store.  They were last seen on foot southbound on New Hampshire Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this armed robbery 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).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Suspect who committed an armed robbery at The Medicine Shoppe in Colesville

Suspect who committed an armed robbery at The Medicine Shoppe in Colesville

 

Surveillance video of Colesville pharmacy armed robbery

 

 

Burtonsville Shooting Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in Burtonsville.

On Monday, August 21 at approximately 2:53 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for the report of an assault occurring inside of a vehicle located at the intersection of Cedar Tree Drive and Red Maple Court.  Third District officers responded to that location and determined that the vehicle was no longer in the area.  Officers did, however, observe evidence found on the scene that indicated that a possible shooting had occurred in that area.  At approximately 3:22 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center was notified by a local hospital that a male victim had been dropped off at the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

During the investigation of the shooting, officers who were in the area of Cedar Tree Drive observed a black, 2012 Acura MDX driving toward Red Maple Court.  When the driver of the Acura, described as an African-American male wearing a grey shirt, observed the officers, he abruptly accelerated the vehicle and fled from the neighborhood.  Officers observed the license plate of the Acura as it fled and determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen on August 13 from the 14400 block of Stepping Stone Way in Burtonsville.

A short time later, officers located the stolen Acura abandoned nearby on Riding Stable Road.  At approximately 4:24 p.m., an officer in the area of Riding Stable Road observed a subject who matched the description of the driver of the stolen Acura in a wooded area behind the 6100 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road.  Officers stopped the subject, identified him as a 16-year-old male, and determined that he was the driver of the stolen Acura.  The suspect was arrested and charged as a juvenile with the theft of the Acura.  He was later released to the custody of his parents.  Detectives have determined that this juvenile and the stolen Acura are not related to the shooting investigation.

This shooting remains an open investigation.  Detectives continue to interview witnesses and canvass the neighborhood to gather information and obtain additional details.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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