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Thursday, August 30, 2007

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Gunmen Rob 3 Students at Bus Stop

Prince George's County police urged parents and students yesterday to be on the lookout after several Potomac High School students were robbed at gunpoint while waiting for a school bus in the Hillcrest Heights area.

The incident occurred about 7 a.m. when a man who appeared to be talking on a cellphone approached a small group of students waiting for the bus near 19th Avenue and Colebrooke Drive and demanded money from them, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman. At the same time, another man jumped out of a black Chevy Blazer that pulled up to the curb. He pointed a handgun at three of the students and demanded their wallets, Richardson said. Both men drove away in the Blazer after the students, whose names were not released, handed over their wallets.

A witness to the robbery and a parent of one child contacted police after the bus arrived at school, Richardson said.

-- Candace Rondeaux

Officers on Leave After Traffic Shooting

Prince George's County police have placed two officers on administrative leave during an investigation into a police shooting last weekend.

The shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday after officers Tavarras Edwards and Brandon Flax stopped a car for allegedly running a traffic light at Auburn Avenue and First Street in Riverdale, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman.

Police said that when the officers asked the driver and the passenger to get out of the car, the driver attempted to pull away. In the ensuing scuffle, the passenger, still in the car, grabbed a canister of pepper spray from one officer and tried to use it against him. The driver then drove off, prompting one officer to open fire. The driver was hit in the upper body.

Police said they followed the car about a mile before it ran onto a curb near Good Luck Road and Oakland Avenue. The driver, whom police did not identify, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound. The passenger, also not identified, escaped on foot, and policewere searching for him.

Charges are pending against both men.


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