Three Men Robbed Silver Spring CVS in Daylight, Hit Pharmacist With Taser

Robbers ran away from officer; police still investigating


The CVS Pharmacy at 9520 Georgia Ave.

Joe Zimmermann

Three men robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Silver Spring during daylight hours, striking a pharmacist with a Taser before eluding police capture after a chase, Montgomery County police said.

The robbery occurred March 18, and police are still investigating and searching for the robbers.

The three men entered the store at 9520 Georgia Ave. at about 11:15 a.m. that day and went behind the counter at the pharmacy in the back, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said. They confronted two employees and demanded medications before they assaulted a pharmacist with a Taser.

They then took prescriptions from the shelves and ran from the store, Starks said.

Before the men had gone into the store, the trio had already caught the attention of a nearby police officer in a cruiser who saw them walking near Georgia Avenue and Locust Road. Starks said the officer noticed the men because their clothing made it look “like they were attempting to conceal their identities,” but he said he was unable to provide more information since the investigation is ongoing.

The officer had followed the men into the shopping center where CVS is located and was attempting to park when he saw the men run out of the store, Starks said. They ran north, and he pursued them in his cruiser, but they evaded him after they went through a hole in a fence behind a set of dumpsters.

Other officers responded, and the original officer went into the CVS and found a pharmacist injured on the floor. Police learned he was assaulted with a Taser, and he was treated for his injuries.

Starks described the robbers as teenagers or young adults, but said further description wasn’t available. He asked anyone with information to call police. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of $10,000 for information.

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