Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NEWS RELEASE - Arrest Made for Armed Robbery, First Degree Assault; Other Offenses

City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

December 1, 2009 (10:57 a.m.)

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Antwan Grymes, 32, of no fixed address, for armed robbery, first degree assault, possession of a handgun in the commission of a felony and theft under $500.

On November 30, 2009, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 8100 block of Roanoke Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, for reports of an armed robbery. Grymes entered the victim’s residence, armed with a black revolver, and demanded property. The victim complied. Grymes then fled the residence in an unknown direction. Through investigation, the dispatcher, along with the patrol officers and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), were able to ascertain Grymes’ nickname. That nickname was crucial in developing and identifying Grymes as the suspect in the armed robbery. An arrest warrant was successfully obtained charging Grymes with the above offenses.

Through further investigation, Takoma Park Police officers and members of CID located Grymes in the 600 block of Houston Avenue, where they arrested him and took him into custody without incident. Grymes was in possession of property belonging to the victim from the armed robbery on Roanoke Avenue. Additional items of evidentiary value were also seized. Officers were also able to ascertain the location of the revolver used by Grymes in the commission of the armed robbery, and did recover that weapon.

Grymes was transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit pending a hearing before the District Court Commissioner.

This is an excellent arrest by CID and the Takoma Park Police patrol officers. The dispatcher’s ability to identify Grymes through his nickname was imperative to his expedient arrest for this heinous crime.