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 16, 2011 (7:12 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrests of:
Delvito Rashad Anderson, 19, of Oxon Hill, Maryland;
Charles Bradford Wise, 21, of Fort Washington, Maryland; and
A 17-year old male juvenile of Washington, D.C.
All three subjects have been charged with the following:
Assault Second Degree
Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking
Unauthorized Removal of Property
Theft $10,000 to under $100,000
Attempt Theft under $1,000
Conspiracy to commit all of the above charges
On February 16, 2011, at 7:59 a.m., Takoma Park Police were conducting a surveillance operation in the 6400 block of New Hampshire Avenue (W-Express Gas Station) in response to the recent rash of theft from autos and auto thefts at the gas stations in that area. A theft was reported over the radio by a Takoma Park Police Officer. A vehicle description was given as the vehicle was last seen speeding out of the parking lot south bound on to New Hampshire Avenue. An officer stationed at the District of Columbia border saw the vehicle approach and he attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit terminated when the suspect vehicle crashed into a Class B dump truck on 31st Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Anderson, Wise and the juvenile bailed out of the vehicle and attempted to flee. They were apprehended by Takoma Park Police and Metropolitan Police.
The 17-year old male juvenile was taken into custody by Metropolitan Police, awaiting release to his parents/guardians.
Wise and Anderson are being held in the District of Columbia jail awaiting an extradition hearing.
Chief Ricucci describes the arrests today as a major breakthrough in the series of gas station thefts and robberies, which have been occurring in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia. Takoma Park detectives are working with adjoining jurisdictions on these arrests. Today’s arrests marks the continued multi-jurisdictional cooperation. Without Metropolitan Police Department’s assistance today, we could not have been as successful.