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Juvenile Arrested and Charged with 8 Pizza Delivery Robberies in Montgomery Village

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beginning in early June, the area of Montgomery Village began to experience robberies of pizza delivery employees.  Detectives investigating the robberies noted similarities between the robberies, and concluded that the robberies were most likely committed by the same suspect.  Some similarities between the robberies are as follows:

  • All pizza orders were placed through the internet
  • In each robbery the victim (delivery employee) was approached by a masked black male and ordered to give money (and pizza in some of the robberies)
  • In each robbery the suspect displayed a gun (later determined to be a pellet gun)
  • Phone numbers provided by the "customer" online were business phone numbers or disconnected numbers
  • Fictitious names were provided by the "customer" online
  • Many of the addresses provided by the "customer" were vacant residences
  • Robberies occurred in late evening hours, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
During the investigation, 5th District detectives developed MARCUS A. ADDISON, age 17, of the 19000 block of Mills Choice Road in Montgomery Village as a possible suspect.  Plain clothes officers began surveillance of ADDISON while detectives began coordinating with local pizza establishments to be apprised of suspicious orders.  On August 20 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Domino's Pizza in Flower Hill received an online pizza order for a residence in the 18900 block of Smoothstone Way in Montgomery Village.  The number provided by the "customer" was disconnected.  At approximately 11:30 p.m. on that night, plain clothes officers observed ADDISON leave his home through a bedroom window.  ADDISON then walked in the direction of Smoothstone Way.  As ADDISON walked, he donned a black ski mask.  ADDISON walked to the residence on Smoothstone Way where the pizza was to be delivered and concealed himself in the bushes outside of the residence.  Officers cancelled the pizza delivery and ADDISON was notified of the cancellation via a phone-based pizza delivery application.  At 11:45 p.m., the Domino's Pizza in Flower Hill received another pizza order with the same customer name but a different residence in the same block of Smoothstone Way.  That pizza order was also cancelled by police.  ADDISON then walked back to his residence.  Plain clothes officers attempted to stop ADDISON at his residence but ADDISON fled on foot.  Officers pursued ADDISON on foot and were able to affect an arrest in the Montgomery Village Center parking lot (19100 block of Montgomery Village Avenue) .  Officers recovered a black pellet gun that ADDISON discarded during the foot pursuit and located a black ski mask on his person.

Subsequent to his arrest, ADDISON was interviewed by detectives and admitted to six additional armed robberies of pizza delivery employees in Montgomery County.  In total, ADDISON has been charged as an adult with two counts of attempted armed robbery (for the two incidents on August 20) and six counts of armed robbery for the following incidents:

  • June 5, 2012 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Domino's Pizza Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, Montgomery Village
  • June 10,2012 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Domino's Pizza Delivery, 400 block of Christopher Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • June 20, 2012 at approximately 11:35 p.m., Papa John's Delivery, 9900 block of Lake Landing Road, Gaithersburg
  • July 23, 2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Papa John's Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, Montgomery Village
  • August 6, 2012, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Papa John's Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • August 8, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Domino's Pizza Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
Due to ADDISON'S age, a mugshot will not be provided to the public.

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Release ID: 12-190
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: press-releases