Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District are investigating two robberies of adult females that occurred in Wheaton and are believed to have been committed by the same suspect. Investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking anyone with information about him to come forward to police.
The first robbery occurred on Friday, September 27, at approximately 4:33 p.m. The 44-year-old female was walking on the sidewalk in the 10900 block of Amherst Avenue in Wheaton when the suspect approached her from behind. The suspect struck the victim in the face and took her book bag. He then fled on foot. The victim was transported to the hospital for swelling and abrasions on her face.
The second robbery occurred today, Friday, October 4, at approximately noon. The 40-year-old female was exiting the women’s restroom in the back of the Giant store located at 2900 University Boulevard West in Wheaton when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect began to push the victim back into the restroom. He motioned for her to be quiet and pointed a long-reach lighter in her direction. The suspect stole the victim’s phone from her shirt pocket and then ran from the store. The victim was not injured.
Detectives continue to attempt to locate additional surveillance photographs and video of the suspect to release to the public.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect or these robberies is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. 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.