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Posted at 7:44 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Police close to naming robbery suspect

By The Associated Press

Montgomery County police are close to confirming the identity of a suspected bank robber who was shot and killed by police on Friday.

Police said Sunday that they've received information from the employer and the landlord of the probable suspect. A search of the man's apartment uncovered an additional gun.

Police say the suspect's name will be released once relatives who live outside the area are notified and a fingerprint analysis is complete.

The man took a female bank employee hostage during the robbery Friday morning and used her as a shield when he exited the bank. After a dye pack exploded, he lost his balance and slipped on some ice, allowing the hostage to break free.

The man ran after her with his gun drawn, and three Takoma Park police officers and three Prince George's County police officers opened fire.


By The Associated Press  | January 31, 2011; 7:44 AM ET
Categories:  Montgomery, Updates  
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The police department need to stop playing games.
They spoke with the suspects employer, they have been in his apartment, but yet they do not know his name, SURE !!!
My feeling is that this suspect may have "high profile" relatives or something of that nature. Seem like they are trying to get some type of fathomable story together for this suspect.
I don't like saying this, however, if this suspect were African American or Hispanic, his picture, name, etc. would have been displayed days ago. The police have enough information, they just choose not to give that information out for some reason.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | January 31, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The police department need to stop playing games.
They spoke with the suspects employer, they have been in his apartment, but yet they do not know his name, SURE !!!
My feeling is that this suspect may have "high profile" relatives or something of that nature. Seem like they are trying to get some type of fathomable story together for this suspect.
I don't like saying this, however, if this suspect were African American or Hispanic, his picture, name, etc. would have been displayed days ago. The police have enough information, they just choose not to give that information out for some reason.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | January 31, 2011 10:16 AM
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I have a feeling that the suspect is African-American, but they want to make sure that the story they put out paints this guy as a cold killer who would've killed a lot of people if the police didn't kill him first. Funny how they said that he died later on that day, like he wasn't dead right there on the parking lot when they filled him with bullets. I've been telling people that the "police" are the biggest and baddest gang memebers in this area.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 31, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse


Why has it taken 4 days to name him?

Either the police are incompetent, or they want to delay the release of the name so they don't whip up anti-immigrant feelings.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 31, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

having trouble contacting relatives in mexico.............

Posted by: dsanchez11 | January 31, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

*dead* @dsanchez11's comment...so wrong!

Posted by: lulu202 | January 31, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

lulu202, we'll see if dsanchez11 is wrong or not after identification has been made. I have a feeling s/he is correct.

Posted by: mbrumble | January 31, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

lulu202, we'll see if dsanchez11 is wrong or not after identification has been made. I have a feeling s/he is correct. And PublicEnemy1, having watched this ordeal go down on live TV, it was confirmed that he was dead in the parking lot.

Posted by: mbrumble | January 31, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

lulu202, we'll see if dsanchez11 is wrong or not after identification has been made. I have a feeling s/he is correct. And PublicEnemy1, having watched this ordeal go down on live TV, it was confirmed that he was dead in the parking lot.

Posted by: mbrumble | January 31, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Spanish-speaking brotha??

Posted by: hungrypirana | January 31, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If the guy wasn't carrying identification and is in the country illegally they may actually be having trouble verifying his identity.
When you're reporting someone killed, especially by law enforcement, they likely want to be completely certain.
As for these conspiracy theories...not sure I understand those. They have the film of him holding the hostage then chasing after her with his gun raised. Exactly what are they trying to cover up? Any functional adult can see how he ended up being shot by the police.
If he didn't want to get shot then don't rob a bank, take a hostage then point your gun at her!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 31, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

In most cases where the Police Dept. is responsible for killing the perp, the identity of the perp, (and many times the picture), is displayed in a timely fashion. It's almost a week, they have been to this man's employer, his residence, and still can't confirm who he is. Not even a picture of the guy. What a joke.
Is this guy a double agent with several identities or what? No conspiracy here, just the written facts.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | January 31, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

If he's undocumented(we don't know this to be the case)then how would you know if the name(s) he's living under are actually his?
That's the point I'm trying to make. Given the length of time its been, its possible they haven't yet been able to verify the information they have and are hesitant to release anything that can't be verified.
Were he here illegally, had no driver's license or birth certificate, how would you verify his identity?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 31, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse


7:44 am - Police to name robbery suspect

5:08 pm - Still waiting.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 31, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Police want to be 100% sure. They don't want Jesse & Rev. Sharpton showing up in the "OUTRAGE EXPRESS" bus.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 31, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, who cares what the perp's name is? Another one bites the dust. One less violent idiot roaming around causing big-time trouble & mayhem.

Cops = 1. Perp = 0.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 31, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, WaPo, you got scooped...

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=2253927

Posted by: Ed_DC | January 31, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

If he was a white guy named Jim Smith, they would have named him during the robbery..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 31, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to be facetious, but the media already reported that the suspect was a hispanic male in his mid 40's so it's probably taking time to identify him if he is an illegal immigrant even though they know where he lived and worked. If he is illegal, then it would take a whole lot more time to notify his family. They can't release his identity until they have done so. Also, I don't think the police are trying to cover up anything. Everything was on film for all to see.

Posted by: jcaldwe3 | January 31, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to be facetious, but the media already reported that the suspect was a hispanic male in his mid 40's so it's probably taking time to identify him if he is an illegal immigrant even though they know where he lived and worked. If he is illegal, then it would take a whole lot more time to notify his family. They can't release his identity until they have done so. Also, I don't think the police are trying to cover up anything. Everything was on film for all to see.

Posted by: jcaldwe3 | January 31, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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