Police have arrested a Montgomery Village man believed to be responsible for committing two armed robberies in January at a Gaithersburg grocery store.
Jerson Nirvio Mendez, of the 10000 block of Stedwick Road in Montgomery Village, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of armed robbery, according to police.
The robberies occurred on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 at Choice Market, 18700 Walkers Choice Road, police said. In both incidents, Mendez brandished a handgun and demanded money, police said.
On Feb. 7, a police officer who had responded to the Jan. 24 robbery saw Mendez walk into the Montgomery Village Shopping Center, and recognized him based on surveillance photos from the robberies, police said. Mendez was also wearing the same jacket that the man in the surveillance photos had been wearing.
Police said detectives detained and interviewed Mendez on Feb. 7, but he was released without charges.
After obtaining a search warrant following the interview, police searched Mendez’s home Feb. 27 and found “items of evidentiary value.” Police spokeswoman Blanca Kling could not give any information about the items.
Mendez is currently being held on a $100,000 bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center.
Attorney information for Mendez was not listed in online court records. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 4.