Arrests Made for 1st Degree Assault, Burglary; Other Offenses - News Release

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City of Takoma Park Police Department

● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912

 

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June 13, 2013 (11:35 am)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Alan M. Goldberg from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Amirr Keniquez Smith, 17 (being charged as an adult), of Hyattsville, Maryland, for:

1st degree assault on a law enforcement officer

Failure to obey

1st degree burglary

Theft under $10,000

Destruction of Property

Obstruction/Hindering

Disorderly Conduct

Resisting Arrest

Possession of burglary tools.

In addition, a 17 year old juvenile male, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was arrested for:

Burglary

Theft under $10,000

Destruction of Property

On June 11, 2013, at approximately 10:00 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 1100 block of Linden Avenue for reports of a burglary that had occurred earlier. The victims left their residence at 8:30 am and upon returning at 9:30 am noticed that property was missing, including a 55’ flat screen television. During a neighborhood canvass, witnesses indicated that they saw two black males, who they gave descriptions for, carrying a large flat screen television on Linden Avenue towards Sligo Creek Parkway. At approximately 12:00 pm, two other witnesses notified police that they also saw two black males, same description, carrying a flat screen television on Larch Avenue at Hopewell Avenue. The witnesses indicated the suspects noticed they were being watched and dropped the television near the wood line and fled in the bushes. The victim canvassed the area where the television was dropped and located property that was missing from his residence. Takoma Park Police requested K9 assistance from Montgomery County. They responded to the area and conducted a track with negative results.

Shortly after, the witness saw one of the suspects walking towards East West Highway. A description of the suspect was broadcast over the air and Chief Goldberg located a subject matching the description in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue at 1:09 pm.

Officers arrived on the scene and conducted a show up with the witness who identified the suspect, who had not been arrested at that time. That suspect was the 17 year old male juvenile who was arrested, charged accordingly and released to the custody of a guardian.

At approximately 3:30 pm, Takoma Park Police’s Special Assignment Team (SAT) and the gang unit began investigating a lead as to the other suspect in this incident. During the investigation, SAT detectives were able to gather intelligence to a possible suspect and the location of that suspect.

At approximately 7:00 pm, SAT detectives located the suspect, Smith, in the 1300 block of University Blvd. Detectives approached Smith and he immediately became hostile and combative, physically assaulting one of the detectives. Smith was taken into custody and items of evidentiary value were found on him that linked him to the burglary that had occurred earlier.

Smith was arrested, charged accordingly and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.