Man Faces 110 Years in '06 Attempted Robbery

By Ernesto Londoño
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2007

A 31-year-old Silver Spring man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in the attempted daytime robbery of an armored truck and in a shootout that followed in the parking lot of an Aspen Hill strip mall.

Montgomery County prosecutors allege that Emanuel Tejada was one of five men who confronted two armed guards as they unloaded cash from a Dunbar truck near a Bank of America branch Dec. 14, 2006. The guards and robbers opened fire on each other at 11 a.m. in the 2100 block of Bel Pre Road.

A guard and a robber were injured, and several vehicles were struck by bullets. The guard, who worked for Dunbar, was shot in the back. The wounded robber remains at large.

The sentence Tejada received Tuesday was "just and appropriate," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. "A very dangerous man has been removed from our community for a very long time."

It was among the stiffest sentences handed down in Montgomery this year. Circuit Court Judge Eric M. Johnson cited premeditation of the crime and the potential for additional and more serious injuries, given the time and location.

"Judge Johnson is a great judge," said Tejada's attorney, Andrew V. Jezic. "He wanted to protect the community. . . . We steadfastly maintain Mr. Tejada's innocence."

A jury found Tejada guilty in October of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and robbery and other charges.

Nazario A. Navidad, 18, who was tried with Tejada, was acquitted. His attorney, Mariana Cordier, said prosecutors did not have enough evidence to implicate him in the crime.

Awaiting trial in the case are Jose Garcia, 26, of Silver Spring and Juan Angel Hernandez-Tejada, 19.

Miguel Perez, 22, of the District was wounded during the attempted robbery. He has been charged but has not been arrested.

The men worked in construction in the Washington area in the months leading to the crime. Police made arrests after discovering an abandoned van that was used as a getaway vehicle and traced it to Perez.

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