A spate of muggings in the Twinbrook area has Rockville police on the lookout for a man assaulting and stealing from women walking home from the Metro station.
Three women have been the victims of muggings just blocks from the station in the last week, police said.
In one instance, a woman was walking home at about 8 p.m. Dec. 5 when a man knocked her to the ground near the intersection of Lemay Road and Ridgeway Avenue. The man grabbed her purse and ran toward Twinbrook Elementary School, according to police records.
Two nights later at 9:15, a man approached a woman walking home near Stanley Avenue and Matthews Drive, just three blocks from the first mugging. The man grabbed the woman’s purse, hit her and ran down Matthews Drive.
A third incident occurred the next day, at the corner of Lemay Road and Holland Road, when a woman was robbed at 8:45 p.m. The woman told investigators that a man ran toward her, grabbed her purse and knocked her to the ground. The man dragged the woman along the ground until he was able to grab the purse away from her.
In that final incident, police say the purse snatcher was a thin man about 6 feet tall wearing light-brown boots, black pants, a dark-blue hooded sweatshirt and a gray baseball cap with a red stripe on it.
Rockville Police Lt. Brian Paul said the muggings were all under “very active investigation.”
The ages of the victims varied, he said: One woman was in her 20s, another in her 30s and one was in her 40s.
None of the women was seriously injured, but one of them was taken to a local hospital, treated and released, he said.
Police are not sure if the muggings are all the work of one man.
“That’s something for the detectives,” Paul said.
In the meantime, police presence in the area had been stepped up, he said. He asked anyone with information about the crimes to call the department’s Criminal Investigations Unit at 240-214-8938.