DNA Evidence Left at Scene Used to identify Suspect in October Attempted Commercial Armed Robbery in Germantown

Larry D. Armwood

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Larry D. Armwood, age 44, of the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown, for the October 24 attempted armed robbery of a Subway sandwich shop in Germantown.

On October 24, 2019, at approximately 9:17 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the Subway sandwich shop located at 18010 Mateny Road for the report of an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that the suspect entered the store and displayed a knife.  The suspect immediately vaulted the store’s front counter, threatened an employee who was behind the counter, and demanded cash from the business.  After being threatened, the employee vaulted the front counter and fled from the store.  The suspect then attempted to vault the front counter to chase the employee but the suspect fell and hit his head on the floor, leaving blood evidence behind.   The suspect then fled from the store without obtaining any cash or property.

A DNA analysis was conducted on the blood evidence left inside the Subway.  On December 20, 2019, the Montgomery County Department of Police Crime Laboratory received notice from the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that the unknown suspect’s DNA matched the DNA belonging to Armwood.

On January 2, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Armwood charging him for this attempted armed robbery.

On January 17, Armwood was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant and is being held without bond.

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Third Suspect Charged for Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store In Bethesda

Kevin Harrington

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kevin Joseph Harrington, age 36, of an unconfirmed address in Washington, D.C., for the December 13 armed robbery of The Jewelry Exchange store located at 7747 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.  Derrick Lamont Graham, age 42, of an unconfirmed address, and Anthony Maurice Starr, age 49, of the 2700 block of Jasper Place in Southeast, Washington, D.C., were previously charged for this same armed robbery.

On Friday, December 13, at approximately 5:46 p.m., three male suspects entered The Jewelry Exchange store.   One suspect displayed a handgun and the males demanded jewelry.  While two of the suspects obtained the jewelry, the third suspect acted as a lookout at the front door of the business.  The suspects stole approximately 100 pieces of jewelry with a total worth of over $60,000.

On December 17, the police department released surveillance video of the suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Detectives received multiple tips identifying Graham as the suspect who displayed the handgun.

On December 30, Graham was arrested in Arlington, Virginia, on unrelated charges and served with a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.

During this investigation, detectives also identified Starr as one of the suspects.   On January 8, Starr was arrested at his home on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.

Detectives continued to investigate this armed robbery and received a tip from a resident who identified Harrington as the remaining suspect.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Harrington charging him for armed robbery.  On January 16, detectives arrested Harrington in Northwest, Washington D.C.  Harrington remains in custody in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

The police department thanks the tipsters who provided information that led to the arrests of Graham, Starr, and Harrington.

 

Derrick Lamont Graham

Anthony Maurice Starr

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Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery of Beer and Wine Store in Derwood; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the January 2 armed robbery of a beer and wine store in Derwood. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Thursday, January 2, at approximately 2:29 p.m., 1st District officers responded to the Midway Beer and Wine store located at 16057 Frederick Road for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the store with his face concealed and armed with a handgun.  The suspect threatened two employees and demanded cash from the business.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of currency from the business and was last seen fleeing the area in a metallic brown 2016 or later model Nissan Altima.  Detectives determined that during the robbery, the Altima was parked nearby on Frederick Road and was being driven by an additional suspect.

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.

Surveillance Photo of Suspect

Example of the 2016 or later model Nissan Altima that the suspect was seen entering after the robbery

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Detectives Investigate Gas Station Armed Robbery in Cloverly Area; Surveillance video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the December 5 armed robbery of a Sunoco gas station in the Cloverly area.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On December 5, at approximately 8:40 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Sunoco gas station located at 13335 New Hampshire Avenue for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the gas station with his face concealed and armed with a handgun.  The suspect approached an employee who was working behind the counter and demanded cash from the register.  The suspect stole cash from the business and fled.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect 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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Second Suspect Charged for Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store In Bethesda; Detectives Seek to Identify Remaining Suspect

Anthony Maurice Starr

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Anthony Maurice Starr, age 49, of the 2700 block of Jasper Place in Southeast, Washington, D.C., for the December 13 armed robbery of The Jewelry Exchange store located at 7747 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda Derrick Lamont Graham, age 42, of an unconfirmed address, was previously charged for this same armed robbery.

On Friday, December 13, at approximately 5:46 p.m., three male suspects entered The Jewelry Exchange store.   One suspect displayed a handgun and the males demanded jewelry.  While two of the suspects obtained the jewelry, the third suspect acted as a lookout at the front door of the business.  The suspects stole approximately 100 pieces of jewelry with a total worth of over $60,000.

On December 17, the police department released surveillance video of the suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Detectives received multiple tips identifying Graham as the suspect who displayed the handgun.

On December 30, Graham was arrested in Arlington, Virginia, on unrelated charges and served with a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.

During the investigation, detectives also identified Starr as one of the suspects.   Today, (January 8) Starr was arrested at his home on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.  Starr remains in custody in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Detectives continue to work to identify the remaining suspect and ask that anyone with information about the suspect to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of these suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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