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Robbery suspects caught after chase

Matt Zapotosky

Three people were arrested Sunday afternoon after they robbed a Takoma Park restaurant, then crashed their car as they fled, police said.

Just before 4 p.m., the three suspects, each armed with semi-automatic handguns, entered Eastern Carryout in the 6900 block of Eastern Avenue and robbed a customer and two employees, Takoma Park Police said in a news release.

The suspects left the scene in a burgundy Dodge Intrepid, police said, and an officer spotted them speeding down Lincoln Avenue near Elm Avenue.

Officers kept their eyes on the vehicle but did not initiate a chase, said Catherine Plevy, a Takoma Park police spokeswoman. At Boyd Avenue, police said, the vehicle flipped over and struck several vehicles before coming to rest on its roof in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue -- very close to the Takoma Park mayor’s house.

All three suspects fled the crashed vehicle, but officers set up a perimeter and searched for them with dogs and a helicopter. Eventually, all three were apprehended, police said.

Police are expected to release the suspects’ names later Monday morning.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 4, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Montgomery, Robbery  
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Posted by: jbworldwide | October 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The Takoma Park Police do a credible job of enforing the laws inspite of the various handicapps put on the police force by the People's Republic of Takoma Park.

Posted by: | October 4, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Did these people think they could get away with a robbery while the Takoma Park Street Fair was going on?

C'mon man!

Posted by: bs2004 | October 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Now since these three idiots chose to endanger countless innocent lives by their actions, lets see a judge put them behind bars for the next ten years. If they would have killed someone fleeing from the Police, the city would have faced a large lawsuit for pursuing them. So now that they were caught, set the example. My money says they all will be out in less than a year! Crime pays in Maryland!!!

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 4, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

It's a wonder no one was hurt. That is a narrow winding street with lots of kids. Not to mention all the folks walking home from the Street Festival around that time. I'm getting real tired of these jerks coming into Takoma Park, robbing folks, and then speeding out of town like they think it's some sort of bloody video game. Kudos to the police. One of the problems for TP is that we are so close to two other jurisdictions (DC and Prince Georges). There's been terrific cooperation lately.

Posted by: fixitgirl | October 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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