Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Commercial Armed Robbery Suspect; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who committed an armed robbery at the Golden China restaurant in Fairland

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the July 21 armed robbery of the Golden China restaurant in Fairland.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Monday, July 21 at approximately 11:01 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Golden China restaurant located at 12719 Old Columbia Pike for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the restaurant displaying a handgun in his right hand and carrying pepper spray in his left hand.   The suspect approached two employees, an adult male and an adult female, who were working behind the counter and immediately pepper sprayed the male employee.  The suspect then pointed the handgun at the female and demanded money from the cash register.  The female grabbed the handgun that the suspect was holding and began to struggle with him.  During the struggle, the suspect struck the female on the head with the handgun and then pepper sprayed her.  After assaulting the female, the suspect opened the cash register, stole currency, and fled from the restaurant.  The suspect was last seen southbound on foot toward the Exxon gas station located at 12601 Old Columbia Pike.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the restaurant and transported both employees to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  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.


Surveillance video of commercial armed robbery suspect