SILVER SPRING (CBSDC) — A cell phone left at the scene of a the crime led to the arrest of Deandra Nelson in connection with two armed robberies of the same KFC restaurant in Silver Spring.

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police say the 22-year-old Nelson, who lives in the District, robbed the KFC restaurant at 7720 Blair Road in Silver Spring on March 14 before committing the same crime just eight days later.

In each instance, police allege Nelson robbed an employee as they approached their vehicle while carrying money from the restaurant. Nelson approached the victim from behind and produced a handgun in both robberies.

In the first robbery, Nelson reportedly took the victim’s purse, which contained the KFC’s money, from the vehicle’s passenger seat.

In the March 22 robbery, Nelson shoved the victim to the ground after producing a gun. He then stripped the employee of their jacket, which contained to restaurant’s money.

After Nelson fled the scene, the robbery victim noticed a cell phone on the ground in the parking lot.

After obtaining a warrant to search the contents on the phone, police found three photos of Nelson that he had taken of himself. The photos were then circulated among other officers who were able to identify Nelson.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 5. He has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of first degree assault, one count of theft $1,000 to under $10,000 and two counts of the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime.

Nelson is currently being detained in Stafford, Virginia on unrelated charges.


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