Suspect Charged for 2017 Bank Robbery in Montgomery Village; Tipster Helped Close This Case

Raul Gerardo Castro

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Raul Gerardo Castro, age 32, of the 200 block of Olde Towne Avenue in Gaithersburg, for an armed robbery of a Sandy Spring Bank that occurred in Montgomery Village in 2017.

On June 12, 2017, at approximately 2:18 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the Sandy Spring Bank located at 9921 Stedwick Road for the report of a bank robbery that had just occurred.  The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note that demanded money.  The note implied that the suspect had a weapon.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

On June 13, 2017, detectives released a photograph of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying him.

On June 10, 2019, investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Castro as the suspect.

On June 21, 2019, Castro was arrested near his home on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with one count of armed robbery.  Castro was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The police department thanks the tipster who provided the information that led to Castro’s identification and arrest.


Original surveillance photograph of bank robbery suspect which was released to the public on June 13, 2017.