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Two Instances of Groups Assaulting, Robbing Individuals After Watching Fireworks

July 20, 2017

Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from June 19 through July 11. 

   Police report two separate instances of individuals being followed and later assaulted and robbed by groups of young men in Germantown over the July 4th Holiday Weekend.

   The first incident took place on night of Sunday, July 1 between 11:00 pm. Police say two teenage victims were on their way home from watching the fireworks at Gaithersburg High School on a Montgomery County RideOn Bus 55. The victims told police that a group of seven black males boarded the bus at the Lakeforest Mall Transit Center in Gaithersburg.

   When the teenage male victims exited the bus at Oxbridge Drive and Frederick Road in Germantown the suspects also exited the bus. As the victims walked near Drumcastle Terrace the suspects began to assault them and steal their cash and property. During the assault one of the suspects displayed a handgun.

   Later that holiday weekend, on July 4 at about 10:30 pm a father and son were assaulted by a group of four to six teenagers near their home in the 18600 block of Poplar Glen Court in Germantown. According to police, the teenage male victim was watching the fireworks at the Maryland SoccerPlex the evening. He walked home with some friends, eventually the friends peeled off to walk to their houses, and the victim continued to his own house where his father was waiting for him.

   The victim and his father met outside the house and were assaulted by a group of four- to six black males between the ages of 15 and 17. One of the suspects punched the father, while another punched the teenage victim and stole his sneakers.

   Montgomery County Police report that a shoplifting incident at a grocery store turned into an armed robbery last month. Police say that at about 9:40 pm on a Tuesday night June 20 when a black man between the ages of 40 and 45 was seen shoving a package of meat under his shirt and walking out of the Giant Grocery Store at 18331 Leaman Farm Road. When store security confronted the man in the parking lot, he displayed a knife and told the security guard that he would cut him.

   Police arrested two teenagers in connection with the assault and robbery of an adult male as he waited for the bus on Frederick Road and Appledowre Way in Germantown at 4:29 pm on Sunday, July 1. Police said the victim was on his phone when he was approached by a 17-year-old black male and 15-year-old white female. As the victim put the phone down, the male punched him in the face and stole his phone. According to police, the female suspect stayed in the area and was arrested. Both suspects are Germantown residents, and were arrested.

   MCPD arrested two juveniles, a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old, both of Clarksburg in connection with a commercial burglary at Ben Lewis Plumbing located at 23407 Frederick Road at approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 25. Forced entry; property was taken.

   Police reported a number of residential burglaries:

   A residential burglary occurred in the 18900 block of Tributary Lane in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 21. No signs of forced entry, a window was reported to have been left unlocked; nothing was taken.

   An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 13300 block of Dovedale Way in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 9. 

   An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 12200 block of Elm Forest Court in Clarksburg between approximately 7:45 am and approximately 3:00 pm on Monday, July 10.

  MCPD reported quite a few instances of thefts from vehicles. Police urge all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.    

   Three thefts from vehicles occurred between June 19 and June 22. Affected streets included Burdette Forest Road in Clarksburg, Cherry Branch Drive, and Milestone Center Drive. Force was reported in one event, unknown means of entry into the other two vehicles; cash and property were taken.

   Two thefts from vehicles occurred in the 100 block of Warrior Brook Court between approximately 10:00 pm on June 19 and approximately 9:00 am on June 20. No force, both vehicles were reported to have been left unlocked; nothing was taken.

   Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred between June 20 and June 24. Affected streets included Knights Court, Sceptre Ridge Terrace, Mill Pond Terrace, Drumcastle Terrace, and Maycrest Way. No force, unknown means of entry into the vehicles; cash, property, and vehicle parts were taken.

  Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred between June 26 and July 3. Affected streets included Crystal Hill Circle, Century Boulevard, Brittania Circle, and Esmond Terrace. No force, unknown means of entry into any of the vehicles; cash and property were taken.

   Four thefts from vehicles occurred between June 27 and July 1. Affected streets included Swiss Circle, Porterfield Way, and Noble Oak Drive. No force, one vehicle was reported to have been left unlocked, unknown means of entry into the other vehicles; cash and property were taken.

   A theft from vehicle occurred in the 18900 block of Kingsview Road between approximately 4:30 pm on July 3 and approximately 3:20 pm on July 4. Force; cash and property were taken.

   MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication, on July 20.

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