Saturday, January 23, 2010

NEWS RELEASE - Multiple Arrests Made for Attempted 1st 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

January 23, 2010 (10:57 a.m.)

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrests of the following persons:

Richard Romero, 19, of Hyattsville, Maryland, for attempted 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and conspiracy.

A 16 year old male juvenile from Hyattsville, Maryland, for conspiracy to commit 1st degree assault and 2nd degree assault.

Christopher Doe, 18, of Washington, D.C., for hindering a police investigation, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

On January 22, 2010, at approximately 2:53 p.m., Takoma Park Police were dispatched to the 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue for reports of a large fight involving knives and bats. When units arrived on the scene, they observed approximately 10-20 subjects involved in multiple altercations in the parking lot in the 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue adjacent to the residential property in the 600 block of East-West Highway. A group of seven to eight subjects continued to struggle in the area while three subjects broke away and fled towards the rear of 630 East West Highway running towards Auburn Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. Two individuals were rendered aid who were determined to be victims of the fight.

Another officer arrived on the scene and observed a subject, later identified as DOE, walking at a quick pace away from the altercation in the parking lot. DOE was ordered to stop by police, at which time he began to flee from the officer. The officer caught up to DOE and a struggle ensued between DOE and the officer. The officer was able to get DOE under control with the assistance of another officer. DOE was placed into custody without further incident or injury.

Additional officers arrived on the scene and detained the remaining individuals who stayed at the scene. Members of the Criminal Investigations Division also arrived on the scene.

Based on a “look out” given, a detective canvassing the area located a group of three subjects who had previously been seen fleeing the rear of the residential property. Two of the subjects, referenced, above, were detained, however a third suspect fled. That subject is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 18-20 years of age, approximately 5’8, slim build, wearing a lime green Aeropostle sweat shirt with white letters across the front. This outstanding subject was last seen running towards New Hampshire Avenue from the area of Devonshire Avenue.

Further investigation revealed that this incident was gang-related. Multiple knives were obtained on the scene and from various subjects who were involved in the incident.

ROMERO and DOE were both arrested and charged as indicated and transported to the Central Processing Unit in Montgomery County. The juvenile was arrested and charged and released to the custody of his parents.

Investigation continues under case #10003806. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call us at 301.270.1100.

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If you see a crime in progress and need to contact the Takoma Park Police, please call 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, you must call 9-1-1.

Chief Ricucci is proud of the patrol officers, as well as the detectives and dispatchers, for their outstanding teamwork to gain control of a potentially deadly situation. Gang-related incidents are volatile and the officers are in danger whenever they are called to a gang-related incident. Fortunately, this incident ended without further violence or injuries.