A 29-year-old Rockville man has been charged with multiple offenses after the robbery of a Home Depot store. On December 2, at approximately 3:40 p.m., a man entered the store located on Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. He then proceeded to steal a large spool of copper wire and relocate it into some nearby trees on the property.
Two employees who recognized what was happening confronted the man. He claimed that the wire belonged to him, and threatened them at knifepoint. He placed the large spool in his vehicle and left. Montgomery County Police received a tip from a citizen that helped them locate and arrest the man. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, assault and several other offenses.
In our state, a first-degree assault charge is considered a felony with a maximum sentence of 25-years prison time. Armed robbery, also known as Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, is considered a very serious charge, and is not taken lightly. It too is considered a felony carrying a mandatory prison sentence of five years without parole, and a maximum of 20 years. If a handgun was used in commission of a robbery additional charges may be filed and a prison term extended.
A Defendant should never face charges this serious alone. Contacting a criminal law attorney immediately upon notification of such charges is highly advised. In addition, a defendant should never speak or give testimony without an attorney present when such serious and lengthy punishments are at stake. Making an incorrect statement under duress could jeopardize defense or lesser sentencing options.