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Police say suspects' shapes led to Montgomery capture

Dan Morse

Here's an update to a post from earlier today: Turns out the distinctive measurement descriptions of two robbery suspects -- a man at 5'11", 150 pounds, a woman at 5'6", 300 --- led to their capture.

"The significant weight difference between the two suspects was very helpful," Montgomery County police spokesman Dan Friz said Friday morning.

The pair was wanted in connection with the Oct. 1 robbery of a Subway restaurant in Manassas. Victims told police a masked man entered the sandwich shop, and implied he had a gun, according to Manassas police. Detectives believe his female accomplice was near the shop at the time. Authorities had suspected they hung out in Germantown, in the area Route 118 and Wisteria Drive.

At 3 p.m. at the start of his shift Thursday, Officer Bobby Zaal and others were shown pictures and descriptions of the pair. Once behind his wheel, Zaal drove around the Wisteria area – and spotted two possibilities walking along Route 118.

“I think I’ve got them,” he said over the radio, according to Friz.

Other officers converged and took them into custody without incident. Police identified them as Akim E. Berry and Veronica P. Tierney.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  December 4, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
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Excellent police work. Well done Officer Zaal.

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