GAITHERSBURG – An Upper Marlboro man was arrested, along with two other suspects, by Montgomery County Police (MCP) in two automated teller machine (ATM) robberies and one attempted ATM robbery on May 7.
MCP charged Deandre N. Jackson, 27, of the 10500 block of Louisville Lane in Upper Marlboro; Omar Barnes, 28, of the 2300 block of Good Hope Court in Southeast Washington, D.C. and 27-year-old Janarro R. Hewett who has no confirmed address, following a May 7 ATM robbery attempt.
Two county 7-Eleven stores had their ATMs stolen within a week of each other. In both incidents, two men wearing masks entered the respective stores. A third person then used a truck to shatter the front windows, and suspects took the ATM and loaded it onto a pickup truck. Police charged Hewett, Jackson and Barnes in connection with the April 30 robbery (15539 New Hampshire Avenue 7-Eleven) and charged them with the May 2 robbery (12257 Tech Road store in the Fairland area).
MCP Acting Chief Russ Hamill said that in the recent attempt, two masked individuals – later determined to be suspects – entered the 7-Eleven at 11303 Lockwood Drive in White Oak and began to talk to store employees. Then, a third suspect drove up with a pickup truck and backed the truck toward the store and over a curb; he allegedly appeared to be about to drive through the store window. Police from the third district station had been watching the suspects undertake what they believed would have been an ATM robbery, and then they intervened.
When the suspects noticed the police, they “attempted to” leave the scene. Police arrested two of the suspects who fled on foot, revealed to be Barnes and Jackson, while the pursuit of a third suspect led to a chase on the beltway.
Police eventually arrested the third suspect after he crashed the pickup truck. Detectives later determined the truck had been stolen.
Jackson, Barnes and Hewett received charges of two counts each of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery.
Hamill said police found the May 7 situation despite receiving zero tips. The attempt occurred near the county’s 3rd District police station.
“I want to commend the work of these officers who were out there the other night in the middle of the night standing in harm’s way for this community,” Hamill said. “I know the clerks inside that 7-Eleven appreciate your work a great deal.”
Assistant Chief Marcus Jones of the Investigative Services Bureau and Assistant Chief Laura Lanham of the Patrol Services Division, as well as Capt. Michael Wahl, director of the Major Crimes Division, accompanied Hamill for the conference.
Montgomery County 7-Elevens are not the sole victims of recent “smash-and-grabs.”
Several 7-Eleven stores in the Washington Metropolitan Area have been robbed of ATMs during the last several months, though Hamill has not indicated a relationship to the three recent crimes. All incidents happened at 7-Eleven convenience stores during the 3 a.m. hour.
Police are investigating if other individuals were involved, besides the three charged, in the attempted heist May 7.
MCP spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said that police do not announce the amounts of money stolen because it might inspire other crimes.
Police recovered some cash upon the arrest, Hamill said during the news conference. He did not say how much cash or whether it was connected to other ATM robberies. He declined to talk about how suspects might extract money from an ATM.
During the May 8 news conference, Hamill thanked Maryland State Troopers and Prince George’s County Police for helping with the arrests.
“I do want to thank I believe it was the Maryland State Police, the Prince George’s County Police,” Hamill said. “They’re great partners of ours and yesterday they jumped right in and helped us out with this.”
Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) joined MCP for the chase on the beltway and assisted with the subsequent arrest of the suspect, said PGPD spokesperson Jennifer Donelan.
PGPD’s connection to the three individuals does not end with the MCP arrests, however.
PGPD obtained arrest warrants for Jackson, Hewett and Barnes the same day they were arrested and intend to charge them for a separate ATM robbery, Donelan said on May 9.
Officials say that on March 13 at 1:45 a.m., two suspects entered the 7-Eleven located on the 7700 block of Finns Lane in Lanham store and “held down” the employees.
Meanwhile, a third suspect crashed a truck into the store, helped load up the ATM and all three individuals quickly left.
“We did charge these guys with one of the 7-Eleven robberies in Prince George’s County,” Donelan said. “We have warrants for all three men charging them with armed robbery and related charges.”
Jackson, Barnes and Hewett are being held without bond in Montgomery County. Hamill said police are investigating whether the crimes are connected to other crimes in the region.
“We can’t guarantee all those ATM robberies (have) stopped, but these three guys are stopped,” Hamill said.