Update: Public’s Tips Lead to Identification of Two Commercial Robbery Suspects

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a commercial robbery that occurred on Friday, July 27, at Esther’s Beauty Salon/Supplies located at 9309 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

On August 1, the Police Department released surveillance photographs of the suspects and video of the robbery.  Detectives received numerous tips from the public regarding the suspects’ identities.

  • One suspect has been identified as Curtis Pegues, age 19, of Saint Mortiz Drive in Temple Hills, Maryland.  Pegues was arrested and charged with armed robbery and first-degree assault and is being held without bond.

Curtis Pegues – surveillance photograph

Curtis Pegues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Charges are pending against a second suspect who has been identified as a 14-year-old male juvenile from Washington, D.C.

 

  • The third suspect has not been identified.

Unidentified Suspect

Anyone with information about the third suspect 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).

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Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking in Silver Spring; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the August 9 armed carjacking of a 30-year-old male that occurred in Silver Spring.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

On Thursday, August 9 at approximately 8:42 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Sheraton hotel located at 8777 Georgia Avenue for the report of an armed carjacking that had just occurred in the hotel’s parking garage.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the victim was returning to his parked vehicle inside the parking garage of the hotel when he was approached by one of the suspects.  This suspect, who was armed with a handgun, confronted the victim and stated that he was a police officer.  The victim then asked to see the suspect’s police identification.  The suspect ordered the victim to put his hands in the air and then pepper-sprayed him.  The second suspect, who was also armed with a handgun and whom detectives believe was acting as a lookout, then joined the first suspect in this robbery.  The second suspect struck the victim on the head with his handgun and the suspects stole property, to include the victim’s car keys.  The two suspects fled from the area in the victim’s vehicle.   Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and treated the victim for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who has information about these two suspects or this carjacking is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County 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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First suspect in armed carjacking that occurred in Silver Spring.

Second suspect in armed carjacking that occurred in Silver Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detectives Investigate Commercial Robbery in Silver Spring; Video Surveillance of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a commercial robbery that occurred on Friday, July 27, at a Silver Spring business.  Today, investigators are releasing video surveillance of the robbery and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the three suspects.

On Friday, July 27, at approximately 6:49 p.m., officers responded to Esther’s Beauty Salon/Supplies located at 9309 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring for the report of an assault in progress.  Detectives determined that three suspects entered the store and attempted to steal wigs.  As the two employees, a 74-year-old male and a 59-year-old female attempted to prevent this theft, they were assaulted and pepper sprayed by the suspects.  During the struggle, the male employee received a laceration to his head.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspects fled from the store with one wig.

Detectives are releasing video of the robbery and are asking anyone with information about this robbery or the suspects 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 and/or an indictment for this crime.

Suspect One

Suspect Two and Back of Suspect Three

Suspect Three

Detectives Investigate Commercial Robbery in Chevy Chase

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are investigating a strong-arm robbery that occurred this morning inside a Chevy Chase department store and was committed by seven male suspects.

Today, (July 31) at approximately 11:34 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Gucci store (which is within the Saks Fifth Avenue store) located at 5555 Wisconsin Avenue for the report of the robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that two of the suspects entered the Gucci area of the Saks Fifth Avenue store and assaulted an adult male and adult female employee.  Five additional suspects then entered the store and all the suspects began stealing merchandise from display cases inside the store.  The suspects stole approximately $20,000 to $30,000 worth of items and then fled from the store.  The suspects were last seen leaving the area in two passenger vehicles.  Both vehicles were last seen southbound on Wisconsin Avenue entering the District of Columbia.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Additional details, to include any description of the suspects, will be released as they are confirmed.

Anyone who has information about this robbery or the suspects is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  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 an indictment for this crime.

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Update: Arrest Made in 2012 Aspen Hill Area Armed Robbery and Burglary

Justin M. Olson

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division arrested Justin M. Olson, age 36, of an unconfirmed address, for the 2012 burglary of a home in the Aspen Hill area, and the armed robbery of the residents of that home.

In 2012, while processing the crime scene, detectives located a t-shirt that the suspect had discarded, and submitted that shirt for evidence processing. The suspect’s DNA was recovered as evidence and entered into a national law enforcement DNA database (The Combined DNA Index System – CODIS).

On June 15, 2018, the Montgomery County Police Crime Laboratory was notified by the Commonwealth of Virginia that the suspect’s DNA belonged to Olson.

Subsequent investigation by detectives revealed that Olson had been in Montgomery County during the time period when the burglary and armed robbery occurred.

It was on March 22, 2012, at approximately 9:35 p.m., that 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 13200 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of a robbery that had just occurred.  The investigation by detectives determined that the residents of the home also operated a commercial business in their home.  The investigation determined that the suspect knocked on the front door and that when the residents opened the door, the suspect forced his way inside the home.

The suspect, who was armed with a rifle, threatened the residents and demanded property from the business in the home.  The residents told the suspect that the property was outside of the house and the residents and suspect then walked outside of the home. The residents then told the suspect that they had to briefly return to the house. At that time they locked the suspect outside, and immediately called the police.  The suspect then fled from the area.

After the DNA match notification and further investigation, Montgomery County police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Olson charging him with first-degree assault, armed robbery, and two counts of first-degree burglary.  Detectives arrested Olson at a residence in Virginia.  Olson waived extradition, and on June 28 he was returned to Montgomery County.  Olson was held on a $20,000 bond, with a bond review scheduled for this afternoon.

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