Police Say Panhandler Robbed Woman in Bethesda

Police Say Panhandler Robbed Woman in Bethesda

Man took Metro farecard last month after threatening her

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Montgomery County police are investigating a robbery of a woman in downtown Bethesda by a male panhandler on Sept. 5.

The panhandler approached the woman at around 8:35 p.m. on Commerce Lane near Old Georgetown Road, police said. The area is a couple of blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.

The man identified himself as “Raisin” and asked the woman for money, police said. The man then demanded she give him her Metro farecard when she told him that she didn’t have any cash. She gave him the card after he became threatening. The panhandler threatened to “beat her up” if the farecard had no money on it, police said.

Police announced the robbery Thursday afternoon and released surveillance video of the man from the Metro station.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-8477 for a reward of up to $10,000.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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