Police release surveillance video of abduction suspect

Montgomery County police on Monday released surveillance video of a suspect in a recent series of attacks in which victims were abducted and forced to get cash from ATMs.

The most recent attack occurred Sunday afternoon, when an elderly man was cut and beaten as he was kidnapped from a Wheaton parking lot. Similar attacks occurred Nov. 23 and Nov. 26.

In Sunday incident, a 77-year-old man had left the Target store at 11160 Veirs Mill Road just before 2 p.m. when he was accosted by a man with a sharp object thought to be a box cutter, police said. The victim was forced into his car and driven to at least two automated teller machines, police have said.

The assailant eventually parked the car near the Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville and fled, police said. A passerby spotted the victim and police were called.

On Saturday, a 60-year-old man who had been loading groceries in his car was accosted near a Giant Food Store in Wheaton and, as in the other case, forced to drive to ATMs and take out cash. The first known incident occurred Nov. 23 in the same parking lot, when a 75-year-old man was attacked. The victims in the first two incidents were not injured.

Police said the surveillance video was taken at the Target store in the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Mall.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Division Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. People who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeSolvers at 1-866-TIPS.

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