LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Police are investigating after a Hanover gas station has been robbed three times in just two days.
Anne Arundel County Police say the first robbery of the Exxon gas station in the 7600 block of Arundel Mills Boulevard occurred Thursday morning around 6:30 a.m. and one suspect was armed with a knife.
The second robbery occurred later that night just before 10 a.m. Police say officers were in the area at the time, arrived quickly and encountered an occupied vehicle, a 2011 Jaguar, in front of the gas station.
The car sped out of the parking lot with two occupants upon seeing police officers’ arrival. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver refused and fled onto Route 295 South.
Believing they had committed a robbery, officers pursued the car until it became stuck in the median of 295 South near Powder Mill Road. Both occupants were taken into custody without further incident. Police say a search of this car did not reveal any contraband.
Parked back at the Exxon, officers detained a suspect in a second vehicle, a 2002 Infiniti. He was detained after a witness indicated that he was involved with the fleeing car.
A search of the car he was sitting in revealed a loaded 9mm handgun. Police say both vehicles were improperly registered.
The driver of the fleeing car, identified as 23-year-old Demarcus Terrell Butler, of Suitland, was charged with multiple traffic violations, to include fleeing and eluding police and a suspended/revoked license. The passenger, identified as 22-year-old Desmond Torrell Butler, also of Suitland, was arrested on an open arrest warrant.
The suspect on foot/sitting in the second vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Javone Joshua Smith, of Southeast, D.C., was charged with possession of a handgun and vehicle registration violations.
Then on Friday morning, officers responded to the same Exxon gas station around 6:30 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery that just took place.
Police say three men entered the store with one of the men armed with a baseball bat. The suspects demanded money, took money from the registers and fled the store.
The men then entered into a waiting blue Honda Pilot being driven by a fourth man. Several officers searched nearby highways and communities, but were unable to locate the men.
The three suspects involved in the latest incident are being described as black males wearing black masks, dark hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans. One of the suspects wore a red bandanna on his neck. The fourth male suspect was operating the getaway vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing. Police say they are looking into the possibility that the three incidents may be related.
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