Man drops from Wheaton parking deck, may have been robbed
This much seems clear: A 29-year-old man fell 40 to 50 feet from a parking deck in Wheaton on Thursday, went through a tree, landed in a mulch area, and received injuries to his back and an ankle.
What Montgomery County detectives are trying to sort through is the man's report of how this came to be.
According to the victim, he was walking across the JCPenney parking lot at Westfield Wheaton shopping mall early Thursday afternoon when he was accosted by two men. They forced him to a parking deck near the Wheaton Metro station, in the 11030 block of Veirs Mill Road, where they dragged him up five ramps, beat him, took his wallet, and forced him off the structure, the victim told authorities, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.
Another person saw the man in the mulch area, and called police, Friz said. Police have been unable to locate witnesses who saw the fall or the dragging, Friz said.
But a tree next to the parking deck showed signs of freshly broken branches, Friz said.
The victim was hospitalized Thursday, but is expected to survive.
He described the suspects as Hispanic men in their 20s. One weighed 170 pounds, had short hair, a mustache, white shirt, black pants and black shoes. The other was described as weighing 180 pounds, and had very short hair, red shirt, brown pants and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call 240-773-5530. Anonymous callers can call 1-866-411-TIPS.
-- Dan Morse
May 27, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery
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