City of Takoma Park Police Department
* 7500 Maple Avenue * Takoma Park, Md 20912
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Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901
February 1, 2011 (4:25 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Dana Dixon, 20, of Pikesville, Maryland, for strong arm robbery, 2nd degree assault, credit card theft, using another’s credit card, theft under $1,000 and conspiracy to commit the referenced offenses.
On November 20, 2010, units responded to the area of New Hampshire Avenue and East West Highway for reports of a citizen robbery. The victim was located in the 600 block of East West Highway, with apparent signs of an assault. The victim was walking home from the Shoppers Food Warehouse located in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue. Once he crossed over New Hampshire Avenue on to East West Highway, he walked westbound on East West Highway in the 600 block. It was then he noticed three subjects walking up from behind him coming from the direction of New Hampshire Avenue. The three subjects surrounded the victim and demanded property. When the victim did not comply, he was assaulted and property was removed from his person. The three subjects all fled on foot eastbound on East West Highway toward northbound New Hampshire Avenue.
The subjects proceeded to use the victim’s credit card at various times and locations at Wheaton Plaza Mall in Silver Spring, Maryland. Video surveillance was retrieved from the businesses in an attempt to identify the subjects.
On December 1, 2010, a Takoma Park Detective was able to obtain another video from a fast food restaurant where the victim’s credit card was used. Identification was able to be made by that video of a 16-year old juvenile from Silver Spring, Maryland. A search warrant was obtained and served at the juvenile’s residence. Items of evidentiary value were obtained from the juvenile’s residence. The juvenile was taken into custody. Through further investigation, two other subjects were implicated in the citizen robbery, to include Dana Dixon. The juvenile was transported to the Noyes Juvenile Detention Facility without further incident.
Dixon’s role in the citizen robbery was confirmed. Dixon was previously transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit pending unrelated car-jacking charges and has been served with the Takoma Park Police arrest warrant for the strong arm robbery and other offenses.