Police Investigating Possible Armed Robbery, Kidnapping in Silver Spring
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Police are investigating an alleged armed robbery and kidnapping in Silver Spring.
Montgomery County Police say they responded to the Bank of America located at 11499 Columbia Pike just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, a man informed officers he was forced to drive to the bank and withdraw money from his account.
The man told officers he was forced to the bank by three men from a room at the Marriott located at 12521 Prosperity Drive.
Then, around 11:20 a.m., officers responded to the Home Depot located at 2300 Broadbirch Drive for a report of a kidnapping. Upon arriving, officers determined that the kidnapping victim had been held at gunpoint at the same hotel room.
The first victim at the Home Depot, told police he had been asleep in his room at the Marriott when he heard a knock on the door around 6:30 a.m. He opened the door and three men entered the room, one armed with a handgun.
The men demanded money from the victim, and he provided them with an undisclosed amount of cash. The men said that it was not enough money and that the victim would have to provide more.
The victim then called a friend, the second victim at the Bank of America, and asked him to come to the room. When he arrived, he was also held inside the room by the men.
The men then forced the second victim to accompany them to the bank to withdraw money from his bank account. Two of the men took the second victim to a car driven by a woman. One of the men stayed in the room with the first victim and held him at gunpoint.
The men drove the second victim to the bank, and one of the men accompanied the victim inside the bank. Before approaching the teller, the victim wrote a note on the withdrawal slip asking the teller to contact police.
The teller contacted police, and the man fled from the bank along with the other two men who had come to the bank. The man who accompanied the victim inside the bank is shown in the photo above, provided by police.
A short time later, the call from Home Depot was received. The first victim told police that the man in the hotel room had received a phone call and had left the room.
The first victim fled from the hotel room to Home Depot where he contacted police. Neither of the victims were injured in this incident.
The investigation is ongoing.
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