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Police Investigate Armed Robberies in Potomac, Vehicles struck from behind

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 16, 2012

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division - Robbery Section are investigating two incidents in Potomac that are now believed to be related.  In both incidents, vehicles were struck from behind by another vehicle while the victims were driving their vehicles on Jones Lane.

On April 3, at approximately 11:29 p.m., police received a call from a 49-year-old woman who’s Range Rover was struck from behind on Jones Lane near Turkey Foot Road.  The woman did not stop when her vehicle was struck and immediately contacted police.  Upon seeing that the woman was on the phone, the striking vehicle made an immediate U-turn and drove away.

On April 14, at approximately 3:12 a.m., police received a call from a 58-year-old male who’s Volvo was struck from behind on Jones Lane near Carry Back Drive.  The male victim told police that at approximately 12:20 a.m. his vehicle was struck from behind.  When he stopped and exited his vehicle to speak with the driver of the striking vehicle, he was confronted by two masked men.  The men were armed with a long gun and a knife.

The victim was knocked to the ground by the suspects, his ankles and wrists were duct taped together, and he was forced into the trunk of his vehicle.  The suspects then drove his vehicle with him in the trunk to several ATM locations where money was obtained from the victim’s bank accounts.

After approximately one hour, the suspects drove the victim’s vehicle to the Poplar Grove Baptist Church located at 14625 Jones Lane.  In the church parking lot, the suspects released the victim, who then returned home and contacted police.  The victim suffered injuries that required medical attention.  He was treated at and released from a local hospital.

The suspect vehicle involved in both incidents is described as a white or light-colored truck or SUV with Maryland tags.  There is no additional suspect information.

Police are asking that anyone who was in the area of Jones Lane and Carry Back Drive between approximately 12:15 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on April 14 and may have witnessed any part of this incident to contact detectives at 240-773-5070.  Also, anyone who may have any information about the suspects or the suspect vehicle involved in these incidents is also asked to contact police.

Police are advising motorists to immediately contact police if they are involved in a minor collision.  The motorist should advise police that they have been involved in a collision and that they are driving to a public and well-lit area for their safety.  Motorists should continue driving to a well-lit, safe location to await police response.

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Release ID: 12-030
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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