An off-duty D.C. police officer helped Montgomery County officers arrest a group of young men who struck and tried to rob a 56-year-old woman in White Flint Tuesday.
The woman was walking along Nicholson Lane after leaving the White Flint Mall when she was approached by 16-year-old Tywone Omid Sommers, 17-year-old Jalonte Malki Cole and another, 15-year-old juvenile just before 5:48 p.m. Tuesday, said Officer Janelle Smith, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. The juveniles demanded cash from the woman and, when she did not immediately comply, one of the boys punched her in the head, Smith said.
Startled by the woman's screams, the juveniles ran away toward the nearby White Flint Metro station, but they were followed by an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer who had heard the woman's cries for help and watched the teens fleeing, Smith said.
“He kept in touch with our officers on his phone and let them know where [the juveniles] were headed,” Smith said.
Montgomery County officers arrived at the Metro station before the teens were able to board a train or escape and all three were arrested. Officers found a handgun-style BB gun in Cole's waistband when he was searched, Smith added.
Cole and Sommers, both of the 1100 block of Sumner Road in Washington, D.C., were charged as adults with armed robbery, second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit both, according to an online search of court documents Thursday. Cole was also charged with concealing a dangerous weapon and remained in custody on a $50,000 bond as of Thursday.
Sommers was released Wednesday after posting an unsecured personal bond of $50,000, court records indicate.
The juvenile, of the 8400 block of Hamlin Street in Glenarden, was charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit both, police said.