Reporting on pedestrian life in the D.C. area

A cautionary tale about jaywalking from Montgomery County

May 24, 2012 - 02:54 PM
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21-year-old Foday Abdulai Gassama, a resident of Spring Spring, Maryland, broke a cardinal transportation rule yesterday just before 4 p.m. in Aspen Hill. He and three friends, two male and one female, attempted to cross Bel Pre Road ... but not in the crosswalk. They were strolling across the street right in the middle of it. Dangerous move, Gassama, and not befitting a proper pedestrian. Police approached the four young misguided pedestrians, which sent the Silver Spring resident running.

"Gassama was carrying a red and black backpack when he began running," the Montgomery County Police write on their blog today. "The officer chased Gassama across Georgia Avenue and into the surrounding neighborhoods before Gassama was apprehended by another officer at the intersection of Chesterfield Road and Bel Pre Road."

The bag was missing when police finally reached Gassama but they tracked it to a trash can on Manor Park Court and lo and behold, inside it was a "a loaded Jennings 9mm handgun and a magazine with additional ammunition." Yikes. Police arrested Gassama for the firearms and failing to obey an officer and he is now held on a $5,000 bond.

See, D.C. commuters? Just another sign that life will be easier for you if you just remember to follow the rules of the road. Jaywalking comes with consequences.

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