Two men suspected of kidnaping and robbing a man who was using an automatic teller machine in Bethesda were apprehended in Northwest Washington early yesterday, and one was wounded by police gunfire when it appeared he was reaching for a gun, Montgomery County police reported.
Police said a 41-year-old Kensington man, whom they would not identify further, was held up by two men about 10 p.m. Thursday as he was using a teller machine in the 4700 block of Bethesda Ave.
After being forced to withdraw an undisclosed amount from the machine, the victim was forced to drive the two men toward Washington in his own car, police said, but he escaped from the vehicle a few blocks away. About 12:30 a.m. yesterday, police said, they spotted the car and followed it until it stopped in the 5700 block of Third Street NW and two men got out.
One of the men was arrested at this point and the other fled after being wounded, police said. A man suffering from a shoulder wound was later apprehended by D.C. police 10 blocks away.
Montgomery County police obtained kidnaping and armed robbery warrants for Lawrence Edward Long, 19, of 6501 N. Capitol St. NE and Cornelius Benford, 19, of 4916 Third St. NW, both of whom were held as fugitives in Washington.
Long was reported in fair condition at Washington Hospital Center. Both men were charged as fugitives in the District of Columbia.