- Montgomery County Police have made no arrests in two machete-related attacks. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Eek, machete attacks?
Montgomery County Police report two machete-related incidents in the Silver Spring area took place over the Sept. 11 weekend.
Back in 2005, a rash of machete attacks in Fairfax and Montgomery counties were linked to some pretty serious gang activity. County police haven’t confirmed whether last week’s attacks are even connected to each other, let alone to gangs. But gangs or no gangs, machete-wielding robbers are unusual, not to mention downright scary.
One incident involved a robbery in the parking lot of the Giant at 8750 Arliss Street in Long Branch. According to the police blotter, a man walking through the parking lot was approached by a group of four men getting out of a car. One man hit the victim with the handle of a machete and demanded the victim's wallet. Despite handing over the wallet, the suspect cut him with the machete while another pointed a gun at him.
The other incident was an aggravated assault at St. Camillus Church at 1600 Camillus Drive, just over the Prince George's County border. Police report that several machete-wielding suspects chased the victim before they got into three cars and drove away.
No arrests have been made in the cases, and Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz says the police reports aren't available yet. We will update as soon as we get them.