This story was updated at 11 a.m. Dec. 4.
Montgomery County police have arrested and charged two suspects in the robberies of two Chipotle restaurants.
Marvel Alegria, 22, was arrested on Nov. 29. Alegria is a former employee of a Mount Airy Chipotle restaurant. According to a news release from Montgomery County police, Alegria had been fired and subsequently “made threats to retaliate.”
Her boyfriend, 26-year-old Lamont Alexander Bonds, also was identified as a suspect in the robberies. Bonds was arrested on Nov. 26, the day detectives executed a search warrant on the Gaithersburg home at 1000 block of Knoll Mist Lane where he and Alegria live.
On Oct. 21, police responded to a report of a commercial armed robbery at a Chipotle restaurant at 564 North Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. According to the release, the suspect entered a rear door as an employee was preparing to throw out the trash. The suspect displayed a handgun, forced employees into an office, then ordered the manager to open the restaurant safe. The suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash, the release said, and fled to the rear of the shopping center.
On Nov. 25 at about 10:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a robbery at a Damascus Chipotle restaurant at 9815 Main St. According to police, the suspect walked into the restaurant and announced a robbery. The suspect demanded money from the safe, got an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a Ford sports utility vehicle, the release said.
Immediately after the robbery, detectives recognized the similarity between the two robberies and plain clothes officers began surveillance of Alegria and Bonds’ home in Gaithersburg, according to the news release. Police identified Bonds as a suspect after observing him hiding a jacket in a sewer drain that night. Police identified it as the same jacket that the suspect wore during the robbery.
Alegria was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, a theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000, and accessory after the robbery. Bonds was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of theft between $1,000 to $10,000, and two counts of reckless endangerment.
A trial date for Alegria has been scheduled for Dec. 21.