Woman robbed in Chevy Chase Village
Update, 6 p.m.:
A Montgomery County detective has interviewed two suspects in the case, and they are 13 and 14 years old, according to a Montgomery County police spokesman. The two suspects, believed to be the duo who drove off in the stolen Volvo, are expected to be charged in Monday's robbery, said the spokesman, Cpl. Dan Friz.
Detectives are looking for two others involved in the robbery, Friz said. One of those suspects is believed to be 17, he said.
D.C. police spotted the stolen Volvo early Tuesday morning. There were five people inside -- the 13- and 14-year-olds and three others, Friz said. Those three, police now think, had nothing to do with the robbery.
"Three of them were basically joyriding," Friz said.
Detectives were questioning at least one person Tuesday following a strong-armed robbery of a 67-year-old woman the day before in Chevy Chase Village, a normally tranquil community just north of the District, authorities said.
It wasn't immediately clear how many people were in custody, or if charges had been filed.
Roy Gordon, the police chief of Chevy Chase Village, said Tuesday afternoon that police in the District initially had found five male occupants inside a Volvo stolen from the victim. The five were found near the 6800 block of Georgia Avenue, Gordon said.
About 10:45 a.m. Monday, the woman walked out of the Chevy Chase Village post office, headed for her 2005 Volvo S40. A gold Dodge Intrepid pulled up.
"She thought there were looking for directions," Gordon said.
Instead, one of the occupants got out and demanded her purse. Stunned, the woman didn't immediately respond, Gordon said. The suspect then grabbed her purse, and her car key. Two of the suspects drove off in the woman's Volvo, while two others left in the Intrepid, Gordon said.
The victim was able to get the Intrepid’s license plate number. Police ran the tags, and the car came back as stolen from Prince George’s County over the weekend, Gordon said. The chief said he thinks the car had been stolen as part of the plan to look for robbery victims.
Chevy Chase Village police classified the incident as a strong-armed robbery and a car theft. The village had no reported robberies in 2008, 2009 or so far this year, according to Chevy Chase crime statistics.
"It was unusual, especially in broad daylight. It's pretty bold," Gordon said.
Montgomery County detectives have joined in the case, which is typical of major incidents in Chevy Chase Village.
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