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
November 1, 2011 (12:30 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of William Louis Cole, 39, of Ft. Washington, Maryland, for armed robbery, 1st degree assault, theft over $10,000, use of an armored ballistics vest during a crime of violence, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit all offenses as charged above.
On June 1, 2011, at approximately 8:02 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the 1000 block of University Blvd. (Express Check Cash) for reports of a commercial armed robbery. Two unknown suspects entered the business and forced the victim to retrieve property for them. Once property was retrieved, the suspects fled from the business. A K-9 track was conducted but the track was lost at Carroll Avenue and University Blvd. The victim was assaulted, but did not sustain any serious physical injuries.
After a five month investigation, Cole was developed as a suspect and a warrant was served on him - he was arrested and charged accordingly. Cole’s accomplice still remains unknown at this time.
This arrest was a multi-jurisdictional effort between the Takoma Park, Maryland, Police Department, Prince George’s County, Maryland, Police Department, Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Cole is being held at the Alexandria Federal Detention by U.S. Marshals.