Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Commercial Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who committed a robbery at The Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village

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

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 3:34 p.m. on November 14, the suspects entered The Village Pharmacy located at 9999 Stedwick Road.  The suspects vaulted the counter and assaulted an employee who was working behind the counter.  The suspects stole prescription medication and cash from the business.  The suspects fled on foot and were last seen running toward Stedwick Road and Mills Choice Road.  The employee received non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this 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 and/or indictment for this crime.

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Suspect who committed a robbery at The Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village

Detectives Charge Five Suspects in Wheaton Commercial Armed Robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged five males for armed robbery.

Miguel A. Ayala-Rivera, age 23, Marcio Roney Avila-Castro, age 21, Yeruin J. Romero-Rivera, age 21, Juan R. Ramirez-Delgado, age 34, and Edwin Geovanny Zelaya-Ramirez, age 17 (charged as an adult) are charged with committing yesterday’s (November 3) armed robbery of the Cash Depot store located at 11246 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton. Detectives have charged Ayala-Rivera with an additional charge relating to the September 22 armed robbery of the Exxon gas station located at 12245 Veirs Mill Road which is adjacent to the Stoneymill Square shopping center.  During the course of the investigation, Ayala-Rivera was arrested late yesterday evening.  None of the defendants could provide a confirmed address.

Major Crimes Division detectives have been investigating a series of commercial armed robberies that appeared to be related.  In each robbery, multiple suspects who were armed with handguns and often with their faces concealed, would enter a business, threaten employees, and demand cash.  One of these robberies was the September 22 armed robbery of the Exxon gas station.

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 12:35 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Cash Depot store.  The preliminary investigation revealed that multiple suspects, with their faces concealed and brandishing firearms, entered the Cash Depot store.  The suspects threatened a store employee and demanded money.  The employee complied with the suspects’ demands.  The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of currency and witnesses observed the suspects fleeing from the area in a white Chevrolet van.  Responding officers broadcast a lookout for the suspects and the white Chevrolet van.

At approximately 12:50 p.m., officers observed a white Chevrolet van that matched the suspects’ vehicle description traveling in the area of Anne Street and University Boulevard East in the Takoma Park area.  Plainclothes officers who were operating unmarked Montgomery County Police Department vehicles then began to follow the van from that location to the Beltway where the operator of the van drove onto the Inner Loop of Interstate 495 toward the College Park area.

Officers continued to follow the van on the Inner Loop of Interstate 495 into Prince George’s County.  As the suspects approached the Route 1 area, they collided with at least one vehicle.  After the collision, the driver of the van, identified as Juan Carlos Gomez, age 37, of an unconfirmed address, fled from the vehicle onto Interstate 495 attempting to elude capture.  Gomez was struck by an unmarked MCP vehicle involved in the pursuit.  That vehicle was being operated by an on-duty MCP officer.  The collision is being investigated by the Maryland State Police.

MCP officers at the collision scene began life-saving measures on Gomez but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Additional MCP officers at the scene arrested two of the suspects who had remained in the van.  Multiple firearms were recovered from inside the van. Two additional suspects, who had fled from the van after the collision, were arrested by MCP officers following a brief foot pursuit.

Ayala-Rivera, Avila-Castro, Romero-Rivera, Ramirez-Delgado, and Zelaya-Ramirez were transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) where they were charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent felony. Ayala-Rivera was charged with an additional count of armed robbery for the September 22 Exxon gas station armed robbery. Bond information for the suspects is not yet available.

The officer involved in the collision, a 24-year veteran of the Department, is identified as Sergeant William Thomas.  Following protocol, he is on paid Administrative Leave during this investigation.

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** Note: A mugshot for Edwin Geovanny Zelaya-Ramirez is not available due to his age**

Yeruin J. Romero-Rivera

Juan R. Ramirez-Delgado

Marcio Roney Avila-Castro

Miguel A. Ayala-Rivera

Juan Carlos Gomez (deceased)

Firearm recovered from driver seat of suspects’ vehicle

Detectives Investigate Robbery and Shooting in Silver Spring; One Suspect Arrested

This morning at approximately 1:36 a.m., 3rd District police officers responded to a residence in the 9300 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring for the report of an armed robbery and shooting.

Officers located a 51-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his leg outside of the home and began to administer first aid.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation by detectives has determined that a family had just arrived at their residence on New Hampshire Avenue from a Washington, D.C. convenience store that they own.  The 51-year-old son was driving in one vehicle and the 53-year-old daughter and 77-year-old mother were in another vehicle.  As the mother and her daughter exited their car, they were confronted by two African American male suspects, both armed with handguns.  A struggle ensued between the two suspects and the two females.  The male victim came to the aid of his mother and sister and he was pushed to the ground and shot in the leg.  The suspects stole the females’ purses (which contained cash proceeds from the business and personal property) and fled in a black Nissan Sentra.

Due to the close proximity of the robbery to Washington, D.C. and Takoma Park and the possibility that the suspects may have fled in their vehicle to those jurisdictions, the Department informed the two police departments of the suspects’ physical and vehicle descriptions.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers located a black Nissan Sentra driving on New Hampshire Avenue in the area of Eastern Avenue in Washington, D.C., occupied by two individuals matching the description of the robbery suspects. MPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle.  Both suspects fled from the car.  One of the suspects was apprehended by Metropolitan Police officers.  The other suspect has not been apprehended.

The arrested suspect has been identified as Marlo Jenard Johnson, age 25, of an unconfirmed address.  He is in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department and will be charged with three counts of armed robbery and three counts of first-degree assault by the Montgomery County Police Department via an arrest warrant.

Detectives believe that the victims were targeted by the suspects – that the suspects had knowledge that the victims own a business and that the victims may have had business proceeds in their possession at that time.

Anyone who has information about this robbery is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Wheaton GameStop Robbery Investigated; Composite Sketch Released

Composite sketch of suspect #2 in Wheaton GameStop armed robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 3 armed robbery of a GameStop store in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing a composite sketch of one of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on Tuesday, October 3 at approximately 8:50 p.m., two suspects, one armed with a handgun, entered the GameStop store located at 11147 Veirs Mill Road.  The first suspect confronted a store employee and demanded cash from the store’s safe.

After stealing money from the safe, the first suspect then forced the first store employee into the office where the second suspect brought the second employee. The two suspects then stole property from the store and fled from the back door of the business.

The first suspect is described as an African-American male who is 5’ 7” tall and heavy set.  He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, and was armed with a handgun.

The second suspect is described as an African-American male who is 6’ 2” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black jacket and black pants.

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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Police Investigate Robberies Committed by Same Suspects; Video and Composites Released

Suspects who robbed the Exxon gas station located at 12245 Veirs Mill Road

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the September 22 armed robbery of an Exxon gas station located at 12245 Veirs Mill Road, which is adjacent to the Stoneymill Square shopping center.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of four of the five suspects and composite sketches of two of the suspects are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Friday, September 22 at approximately 11:34 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the Exxon gas station for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that five suspects arrived at the gas station in a silver Chrysler 300 sedan.  One suspect remained in the driver’s seat of the vehicle as the four additional suspects entered the Exxon with their faces concealed and armed with handguns.  The four suspects confronted an employee who was working behind the counter and demanded money.  The employee complied with the suspect’s demands.  The five suspects fled from the area with an undisclosed amount of cash in the Chrysler 300.

Investigators believe that these suspects also committed the September 1 armed robbery of a food truck that was located in the parking lot of 12265 Veirs Mill Road.  In this robbery, three suspects, who matched the description of the suspects involved in the September 22 armed robbery, obtained an undisclosed amount of currency from the food truck and fled from the area in a silver Chrysler 300.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or these armed robberies 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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Composite sketch of suspect in armed robberies

Composite sketch of suspect in armed robberies