11 Youths Arrested In Gang Stabbings
Friday, March 2, 2007
Eleven young gang members, including a 12-year-old, are facing attempted murder charges in connection with a rampage in Wheaton and Aspen Hill on Saturday that ended with a mentally challenged Silver Spring man being beaten and stabbed, Montgomery County police said yesterday.
Two of them also are accused of a double stabbing that occurred earlier that evening at the Wheaton Metro station. All three victims survived, but the Silver Spring man is hospitalized in critical condition.
The suspects, all males ages 12 to 17, claim to be members of the "Hotboyz/Shoot 'Em Up" gang, police said. They have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery and assault. Some of their parents reached yesterday evening said they are being falsely accused.
Montgomery police said the first stabbing occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday at the Metro station. The two young victims, both male, told police they believed the attackers were gang members.
Police said the second assault took place about 8:40 p.m., outside a party in the 3700 block of Bel Pre Road in Aspen Hill. Partygoers at an apartment complex spotted an unknown youth climbing inside a car belonging to a party host. They left the apartment to investigate and saw three teenagers standing by the car and 20 others near the building.
When one of the teenagers near the car displayed a gun, the partygoers went inside, except for the 31-year-old mentally challenged man. Police said the man, whom they did not identify, walked toward the suspects and was struck several times with the handgun, repeatedly kicked and then stabbed.
As Montgomery police conducted their investigation, they learned that Metro Transit Police were looking into the stabbing at the Wheaton Station.
On Monday, the father of one of the Metro station victims was approached at a shopping center on the 5500 block of Norbeck Road by two males claiming they were responsible for stabbing his son. The father called police, but by the time officers arrived, the suspects had disappeared.
A short time later, police investigating a disorderly conduct report arrested three teens in the 3800 block of Dunsinane Drive. After joint interviews by Montgomery and Metro Transit Police, investigators determined that the suspects were connected to both stabbing incidents, police said.
Police said that the Metro incident was gang-related and that the party assault took place because the man interrupted the suspects' attempt to break into the car.
Police arrested six suspects Monday and five Wednesday. All have been charged with first-degree attempted murder, armed robbery and first-degree assault.
The 12-year-old was charged as a juvenile and sent to the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center before being released to family members. His name is not being released because he is a minor.