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Attempted Armed Robbery at Northwest Marching Band Practice

Two Northwest students were victims of an attempted armed robbery in the school parking lot after marching band practice on Monday night.

Montgomery County Police confirmed that two Northwest students, one male and one female, were victims of an attempted armed robbery while they sat in the school parking lot on Monday night

According to the letter sent to parents by Northwest Principal Jimmy D’Andrea on Tuesday, the two students, one male and one female, were finishing up band practice in the school’s lower parking lot at about 9:00 pm on Monday night when they were approached by three individuals.

Police said the unknown individuals had hidden their faces and demanded that the two students empty their pockets, one of the suspects displayed a knife. The three suspects demanded cash, but police say that neither of the students had cash. At this point, the three fled the area on foot towards Richter Farm Road. The suspects were described by two Black males and a White or Hispanic male, according to police. No property was taken, and no injuries were reported.

According to the letter sent home by Principal D’Andrea, one the marching band sponsors reported the incident to police immediately after it occurred, and the school is working with Officer Wesley Allen, the Northwest High School school resource officer, to support the investigation.

“Whenever we have after-school or evening school-sponsored activities, a sponsor or other school staff member remains on site while participating students are waiting to be picked up afterward,” wrote D’Andrea. “In addition, for the remaining marching band practices this year, we will have additional staff in the parking lot around the time of dismissal.”

D’Andrea said that it is not known if any of the suspects were Northwest students. “If the police determine that students are involved in this type of behavior, the students will be subjected to severe disciplinary action and may also face legal consequences,” he said.

The incident comes on the heels of another incident in which two students sprayed pepper spray at each other at Northwest on Friday, according to D’Andrea.

D’Andrea also sent a letter home after that incident, which he said two students sprayed a small amount of pepper spray at one another in the school’s gym lobby on Friday morning. He said that incident occurred soon after the start of third-period classes, and very few students were in the area at the time. School Resource Officer Allen worked with school security to ensure the air was clear in the area following the incident.

MCPS students are not allowed to possess or use pepper spray on school grounds at any time. Students may be subjected to severe disciplinary action in such cases and may also face legal consequences, according to D’Andrea.

File photos by Germantown Pulse