Takoma Park Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a vehicle theft and first-degree assault that occurred Sunday afternoon, according to an emailed community advisory.
Police spokesperson Cathy Plevy said that officers responded at approximately 5:36 p.m. Sunday to the 6800 block of New Hampshire Ave. for a report of vehicle theft in progress. During the incident, the victim witnessed a suspect attempting to steal his dirt bike from the shed. A struggle ensued after the victim called the police and attempted to physically stop the suspect. The suspect fled on foot towards the rear of 6802 New Hampshire Ave. after a brief struggle with the victim. The suspect attempted to strike the victim with brass knuckles during the struggle. Additionally, the suspect implied to the victim that he possessed a firearm. After striking the victim with a wooden plank, the suspect fled towards Belford Place.
The officers canvassed the area where the altercation occurred and recovered numerous items of evidentiary value, including a knife that the suspect had dropped. The victim did not suffer serious injuries and refused medical attention.
Plevy described the suspect as a short, thin Hispanic male with curly hair, who wore all-black clothing when last seen.
“Takoma Park Police encourages all residents to call police if they see a property crime in progress and avoid physically confronting a suspect,” Plevy said. “Property can be replaced or repaired, but confronting a suspect can result in lasting physical injury or even a loss of life.”
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.