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Police Warn of Fender Bender Robbery Scheme

Man abducted, robbed after being rear-ended



    Fender-benders may not be what they seem. They could be the set-up to something much more dangerous. Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015)

    Police in Montgomery County are investigating a fender bender and robbery in Potomac, Md., and they believe it was related to a previous collision.

    At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, a 58-year-old man’s Volvo was rear-ended on Jones Lane near Carry Back Drive. When he got out of his car to speak to the other driver, he was approached by two masked men armed with a long gun and a knife, police said. They knocked him to the ground, duct taped his ankles and wrists, and put him in the truck of his Volvo.

    Police said the men drove the victim to several ATMs to get money from his bank accounts before releasing him at Poplar Grove Baptist Church about an hour after the abduction.

    The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

    Police Warn of Fender Bender Robbery Scheme

    [DC] Police Warn of Fender Bender Robbery Scheme
    Montgomery County police are warning of a robbery scheme in which victims are lured from the safety of their cars by a staged accident.
    (Published Monday, April 16, 2012)

    Police believe that incident is related to an April 3 incident. About 11:30 p.m. a 49-year-old woman’s Range Rover was rear-ended on Jones Lane near Turkey Foot Road. She did not stop but called police immediately, and the striking vehicle made a U-turn, police said.

    The striking vehicle in both incidents was described as a white or light-colored truck or SUV.

    Anyone with information about the incidents should call police at 240-773-5070.

    Police advised anyone involved in a minor collision to contact them immediately and drive to a well-lit area to await police response.