Police seek suspect who tied up Md. man, stole cash and credit cards

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County police detectives are looking for a woman they say broke into a senior’s home, tied him up, then stole his cash and credit cards. Police also are searching for two people who used the stolen cards.

ATM card users
Police say these two suspects, a male and a female, used the victim’s stolen bank card. (Courtesy Montgomery County Police)

Investigators are releasing photos of the woman they say forced her way into the 74-year-old man’s home. They are also releasing photos of a man and a younger woman seen on surveillance using the bank and credit card at various stores and an ATM.

Around 3 p.m. on Nov. 9, the 74-year old Kensington, Maryland, resident answered a knock at his door and turned down the suspect’s request to use his bathroom, police say. About 15 minutes later, the same woman returned to the man’s door and this time pushed the door in, punched the victim in the face and then threatened him with a sharp object.

The victim told investigators the woman then forced him into the bedroom where she tied his hands behind him with items inside his home, threatening to shoot or stab him if he resisted, police say. Then she stole his bank card, PIN number, cash, id and credit card, police say. Nothing else was taken from the house.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic woman, possibly in her 40s, who wore maroon-colored clothing during the incident. She is of medium build and has black hair.

Investigators say after the man reported the incident, police tracked the cards usage to stores in Wheaton, Rockville in Maryland and Vienna, Virginia as well as an ATM.

Investigators say residents in the neighboring Wexford Court area reported a woman matching the suspect’s description knocking on their front doors in the past few weeks.

Anyone with more information on the suspects are asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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