Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Students robbed at gunpoint waiting for bus

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A group of Potomac High School students were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning while waiting for the bus near Hillcrest Heights, and police are on the lookout for suspects they consider to be extremely dangerous.

‘‘These are school students waiting to catch a bus. How much money are they going to have on them?” said Prince George’s police spokeswoman Cpl. Diane Richardson. ‘‘They committed the robbery in daylight in a busy area without any regard for who saw them. That makes them very dangerous.”

Richardson said at least three 10th graders were approached at about 7 a.m. by a suspect on foot who pulled a semi-automatic handgun and demanded their wallets and money. He pulled the gun after apparently coordinating with other conspirators, who pulled up in a black SUV to take part in the robbery.

Richardson said the students handed over their wallets, and that the suspects fled in the SUV right before the school bus arrived.

The students reported the crime to school authorities.

‘‘We want to identify them, apprehend them and we hope people are just as outraged as we are, and call us if they have information,” Richardson said.

Residents with information about the case can call the District 4 investigative unit at 301-749-4900.

Richardson said the suspects left in a black Chevy Trailblazer with Maryland tags and a broken rear window. There may have been other suspects in the vehicle, which she said was probably stolen.

She said the suspects were black males in their late teens. She described one suspect as about 5 feet, 9 inches, and 160 pounds, with hair on his chin. He was wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.

The other, she said, was about 5 feet, 7 inches, and 150 pounds, with dreadlocks. He was wearing a black and white shirt, and dark jeans.