Drug Deal Gone Wrong Leads to Kidnapping Arrest
A Gaithersburg man is behind bars today after two Germantown area men were robbed and kidnapped in Montgomery Village when a deal to sell marijuana went sideways ending in an armed confrontation with a police officer on a Germantown street.
According to court documents, Eric M. Allie, Jr., 22-years old, of the 1200 block of Knoll Mist Lane in Gaithersburg, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and charged with one count each, armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.
Court documents indicate that the incident started when two men, Victim M and Victim J drove to the area near Whetstone Elementary School in the 19200 block of Thomas Farm Road in Montgomery Village about mid-day on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to meet with Allie to sell him marijuana. Once the men made contact with Allie, he got in their vehicle, and Victim M drove from the school to the surrounding neighborhood to discuss the transaction.
According to the charging documents, as the three exited the vehicle to retrieve the marijuana from the trunk, Allie pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at Victim M as he was retrieving what police said was about one ounce of marijuana. Allie, with the weapon pointed, demanded more drugs and more money from the men.
As Allie was making the demands, a silver four-door sedan pulled up. Two dark-skinned black males exited the vehicle and began walking toward Allie and the two victims. According to police, the two males in the silver sedan and Allie were accomplices.
The two men took Victim J’s iPhone and forced him into the back seat of the silver sedan. With Victim M at gunpoint, Allie stole his iPhone and forced him back into his vehicle and demanded that he drive to an ATM to withdraw the more money. However, according to the charging documents, Victim M told Allie that he did not have his bank card with him, and he would have to get it from his residence in Germantown.
According to the charging documents, Allie forced Victim M to drive the roughly ten miles from Montgomery Village to his home in the 11200 block of Bent Creek Terrace in Germantown. Meanwhile, the two men and Victim J followed in the silver sedan. Once they’d arrived at the residence, Victim M went inside his house and left Allie in the passenger seat of his vehicle, while Victim J and his abductors waited in the parking lot a short distance away.
Once inside the house, court documents say, Victim M informed his father— a Montgomery County Police Officer — that he was in the midst of being robbed. Victim M’s father ran outside to confront Allie. At the sight of the police officer, Allie immediately fled the area on foot and left his iPhone and Victim M’s iPhone in the car.
At the same time, the silver sedan with Victim J still in the back seat quickly exited the neighborhood. Victim J was eventually dropped off in the Fox Chapel neighborhood in the area of 19200 block of St. Johnsbury Lane in Germantown, where he flagged down a citizen and called 9-1-1, according to the charging documents.
Additional police were called to the Brandermill Community on Bent Creek Terrace to search for Allie and the silver sedan but were unable to locate the suspects. As a result of the evidence left behind and the description provided by the victims, Montgomery County Police were able to obtain a warrant for Allie’s arrest, and he was taken into custody later that afternoon.
If convicted he could face up to 30 years in prison for the kidnapping charge alone. Allie is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Detention Center, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 1 in Rockville.
Caption: A Montgomery County Police cruiser and the white Crime Scene Investigation van parked in the 11200 block of Bent Creek Terrace on Wednesday afternoon as police pieced together an armed robbery turned kidnapping.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.