Mistaken Ride-Share Linked to Home Invasion Robbery; Chilling Video Released

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MARYLAND — (Scroll down For Video) — Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the March 30 robbery that occurred inside a home in Bethesda. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, March 30 at approximately 4:46 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 6800 block of Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, the adult female victim had been out with friends in the downtown Bethesda area when she ordered a ridesharing service back to her residence. The suspect arrived at the victim’s location and the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle believing that he was the driver for the rideshare that she had ordered. The suspect drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment. The victim stated to detectives that she told the driver that she had paid for the rideshare through the rideshare’s app and that she did not owe the driver additional money. The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator. While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse. The suspect then followed the victim off the elevator and into her apartment. Once in the victim’s apartment, the suspect stole property and then fled.

Further investigation by detectives determined that the suspect did not work for any ridesharing companies.

Detectives urge anyone with information about the suspect or this home invasion robbery to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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