Three boys, ages 15 to 17, were charged in an attempted armed robbery on New Year’s Day in the White Flint area, Montgomery County police said Thursday.
Officers responded to the 5800 block of Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a woman screaming.
The 56-year-old woman left White Flint Mall and was walking along Nicholson Lane when three suspects approached her from behind and demanded cash, police said in a news release. One of the suspects punched the woman in the head, according to the release. When the woman screamed, the suspects fled.
An off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officer saw the suspects and followed them to the White Flint Metro station, police said. Montgomery County police responded and arrested three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17. The 17-year-old had a BB gun concealed in his waistband, police said.
Two of the boys are from Washington, DC. One is from Glenarden. The 16- and 17-year-olds are charged as adults. The 15-year-old is charged as a juvenile.
The 17-year-old is charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit both, and concealing a dangerous weapon, police said. He is being held on $50,000 bond.
The 16-year-old is charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit both, police said. He was released on bond Wednesday.
The 15-year-old is charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit both.