On Saturday, October 30th at approximately 8:22 p.m., an off duty Takoma Park Police officer working a part time assignment received a look out through the Montgomery County Police Department for an assault in progress at the intersection of University Boulevard and Carroll Avenue at the Shell gas station. The officer responded and found the suspect Charles Andrew Gendreau 26, of Falls Church, VA, being held down by two witnesses. The suspect was taken into custody by the officer.
The officer spoke with the witness and was advised he was working in the gas station as an attendant when he heard the sound of glass breaking. The witness opened the door to his booth and noticed the suspect standing next to a freshly broken window on the door to the garage. The witness yelled at the suspect as he began to flee the area. The witness gave chase around the block which led back to the gas station. The witness and another bystander were able to grab the suspect and hold him down until police arrived. The suspect was severely intoxicated and could not advise how the window was broken, why he was at the gas station, how he got to the gas station, and did not remember anything up until the time police arrived. Charles Andrew Gendreau was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) without incident and charged with the following: Disorderly Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, Malicious Destruction of Property Under $500. This was a collaborative effort involving the Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department.