The ongoing problem of teenage girls beating and robbing people in Germantown’s Central Business District continued last week as another teenage girl was attacked by two teenage females in the parking lot of a fast food chain in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon.
According to Montgomery County Police, as the teenager was attempting to park in the lot at the McDonalds at 12982 Middlebrook Road at 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 1, when two other teen girls blocked her vehicle from entering a parking spot. Once she did park and exit the vehicle, the two girls attacked her, knocked her to the ground, and stole her cell phone.
Police believe that the three girls may know each other because the victim did not provide police with a description of her attackers.
The Germantown Pulse has been reporting on the rash of often violent criminal activity by groups of teens, and especially females in recent weeks. On April 13, police arrested a 17-year-old Gaithersburg female and were looking for two more teenagers in connection with an assault and strong-arm robbery in the parking lot outside of the Safeway Store on Germantown Road.
On April 4, police arrested three teenage girls from Germantown in connection with a strong-arm robbery which occurred in front of the Germantown Public Library on Century Boulevard.
According to DataMontgomery.com, there have been seven reported Assault & Battery of Citizens in the Germantown-Fifth District since May 1. Police have been called to the 12900 block of Middlebrook Road, in the area of the Germantown Commons Shopping Center for reports of disorderly conduct twice since May 1, according to DataMontgomery.com. The first time was at 7:40 pm on May 3 and the second was at 8:34 pm on May 5.
“We have had some incidents,” said Montgomery County Police Fifth District – Germantown Commander David Gillespie, “but overall the number of calls for service in the Business District has been reduced significantly in the last two months. Generally speaking, we are not seeing the large packs of teenagers that we were seeing prior to stepping up patrols. The police presence and the community effort of citizens calling the police when they see something has made an impact. And police officers getting to know the youths, and the youths getting to know the officers has helped.” However, he also said that recent stretch of rainy days may also have had some impact on the number of calls.
Gillespie said that many times it is a small group of young people who are involved in many of the incidents taking place in the Germantown Town Center.
“We have still had a couple of incidents, and it seems that we have a handful of kids that are responsible for multiple incidents. It is a situation where we have repeat offenders involved in multiple offenses.”
Gillespie will be one of many community leaders attending a Community and Town Hall meeting to address concerns about crime in the Town Center area to be held on Wednesday, May 18 at the Germantown Public Library from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Other leaders, reportedly attending include Councilmember Craig Rice, as well as members of the Montgomery County delegation to the Maryland legislature representing Germantown.
In other police news, Montgomery County Police reported a burglary at a construction site near Rocky Hill Middle School at 22401 Brick Haven Way in Clarksburg on Friday, April 29. Police report no forced entry and copper wires were stolen.
MCPD also reported an attempted residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of Cross Ridge Court, in Germantown between Thursday, April 28 and Sunday, May 1.