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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

By Dan Morse  |  May 27, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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another reason to start deporting!

Posted by: wisedecision08 | May 27, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

i'd rather deport all the racists

Posted by: destewar | May 27, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

DESTE-Please don't use the typical "race" card game in these please. you are more than welcome to self deport with them:)

Posted by: wisedecision08 | May 27, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

another reason for concealed permits...why cannot law abiding citizens be allowed to carry concealed?

it is impossible to obtain a permit to carry in maryland.

time to change the laws and allow law abiding citizens the right to carry.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 27, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

knight1977 says he wants to kill all the illegals with napalm, you want someone deported for committing a crime, and you don't want me to call blatant racism? good luck with that. p.s. Sofaking, the only thing a concealed weapons permit would have done is start a shootout, where both the robber and victim could be dead, and possible nearby people could be injured. what's the old saying? if you assume, you make an a s s out of me and you. who's "them". i didn't read anything about an illegal alien in this article. using your logic, all criminals should be deported.

Posted by: destewar | May 28, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

And yes, the day this country is run by vigilante gun toting zealots, I will gladly turn in my U.S. citizenship and move to a non-third world country.

Posted by: destewar | May 28, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

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