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Police Arrest Damascus Man for Alleged Darnestown Home Invasion

Residents found bound; one wounded

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Montgomery County police Wednesday arrested a Damascus man who is believed to be part of a group of masked men that burglarized a Darnestown home in October and left two of the residents bound, one suffering from a laceration to the head.

Sheraz Shoukat Shah, 26, of the 28400 block of Kemptown Road in Damascus, was arrested at his home and charged with one count of home invasion, armed robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a Montgomery County police press release.

Police responded to a report of a home invasion at 9:27 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the 14600 block of Seneca Road in Darnestown. At the time of the burglary, an adult male and a juvenile male were bound by the suspects. Police believe Shah is responsible for wounding the man by striking him in the head with a gun. An adult female and a juvenile female were also in the home at the time of the robbery, police said.

Police said three additional male suspects were involved in the home invasion and robbery. Police said they believe the home invasion was not a random event.

“The investigation by detectives determined that four male suspects, who were wearing masks and one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced entry into the occupied home,” the press release said. “The suspects confronted the residents in the home and demanded property from the home…The suspects obtained property from the home and from the residents and fled.”

Shah is currently being held without bond in a Montgomery County detention center.

 

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