Police search for suspect in North Bethesda strong-arm robbery -- Gazette.Net


Police are looking for the man responsible for grabbing a woman and robbing her of her purse in North Bethesda.

The incident happened at about 10:13 p.m. July 21 at the Grosvenor House apartment building parking garage at 10101 Grosvenor Place.

After parking her car, the woman had just entered a stairwell when a man grabbed her from behind, forcibly removed her purse from her shoulder and fled, according to a police news release. The woman followed the man on foot and saw him drive away in a black car with a Maryland license plate.

Police say the man is his early 40s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a round face, heavy build and a medium to dark complexion. He had very short black hair, and facial hair to include a mustache and longer unshaven hair on his chin. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a short-sleeved red T-shirt, dark shorts, white gym socks that reached mid-calf, and sneakers. He had a white towel around his neck.

Detectives worked with the woman to produce a computer-generated composite drawing of the man.

“We are very much interested in getting the word out, and are asking people to call in if the composite reminds them of someone,” said police spokeswoman Lucille Baur. “Whatever leads that generates will be appreciated.”

Anyone who has information about this suspect or the robbery is asked to call the Second District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=758. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.