A shirtless man ran off of a stopped Ride On bus in Rockville last week after allegedly stealing another passenger’s wallet, and then was hit by a car as he dashed into oncoming traffic on East Gude Drive.
When the car hit the man, he flipped into the air and landed in the road. He then got up and kept running as the man whose wallet was stolen chased him, a video of the incident shows.
Montgomery County police released the video Friday in an effort to identify the robber and the driver of the car that hit him.
The alleged robbery occurred at 2:23 p.m. April 13. The two men were sitting next to each other on a bus heading west on East Gude Drive when one man noticed the other had apparently taken his wallet, police said. The passenger tried to retrieve his wallet and struggled with the other man.
Noticing the commotion, the driver stopped the bus at the Taft Street intersection. The suspected robber immediately ran from the bus and the man whose wallet was missing ran after him. That’s when a green Subaru SUV hit the first man. The driver paused and then continued down the street after the man got up and ran away.
Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said the driver could potentially be facing charges.
“If you have a collision, you’ve got to stop and render aid and identify yourself,” he said.
Still, Starks stressed that it’s not always the driver’s fault when a car strikes a pedestrian. But police would have to determine that after an investigation.
Starks said “pedestrian error” is often the reason why pedestrians are struck by cars in Montgomery County, which makes it important for both drivers and pedestrians to always be alert.
“That’s why the Montgomery County government and police have so many campaigns about pedestrian safety,” he said.
Police have asked anyone who recognizes the robber or has information about the green Subaru or its driver to call detectives at 240-773-6084. Callers can also leave anonymous tips with Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-TIPS (8477) for a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest of the robber.