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Police have arrested a man they believe was involved in an armed robbery at a Silver Spring hotel Friday night.

A woman, who police did not identify, rented a room at the Homewood Suites Hotel on Colesville Road and invited several friends over via text, Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said.

Shortly after 11 p.m., a man who she thought was a guest knocked at the door, Starks said.

After being let in, the man — who police later identified as Jackson Julius, 18, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring — brandished a sawed-off shotgun and swiped electronics, cash, phones and other personal items from eight people, police said.

Then, police said, he fled the scene and boarded his get-away vehicle — a bus.

After police arrived, they learned a man matching the robber’s description might have been around University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road.

Officers boarded a Ride On bus where they discovered Julius. Police asked him to get off the bus for questioning. When he did, he left a duffel bag behind, in which police discovered a sawed-off shotgun and the property belonging to the victims, police said.

Julius was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and other related firearm offenses and was being held on $150,000 bail.

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