Montgomery County police say that two men reported being held captive by four armed abductors at a Marriott hotel on Thursday morning.
Police Capt. Paul Starks said that the first victim was a guest at the hotel on Prosperity Drive in Silver Spring. The victim told police that he had won money gambling at Maryland Live casino on Wednesday night. Then around 6:30 a.m., he heard a knock and opened his door and several people rushed in and demanded cash, police said.
The victim said the suspects wanted more money than he had and told him to call a friend. A male friend whom he called arrived at the hotel room next, police said.
Starks said that, according to the victims, one of the intruders, armed with a gun, stayed with the first victim in his hotel room. The other suspects — two men and one woman — drove down Columbia Pike to a Bank of America branch with the second victim in tow.
“If you care about your friend, you’ll withdraw money and give it to us,” they said, according to the victims’ account, Starks said.
At the bank, the victim handed a withdrawal slip to the teller, according to police. On it, he wrote that he needed help and that the teller should call police. At 11:04 a.m., the teller pressed an alarm button.
As time passed without the teller handing over money, the intruder who had accompanied the victim into the bank grew anxious, according to police. He left with the other two suspects, who had waited in the car.
Police believe that the three suspects in the car called the one still at the hotel to tell him to flee. The victim who had been held in his hotel room said that his captor received a phone call and left the room. The victim went to a Home Depot near the Marriott , where he called police at 11:25 a.m.
Starks said that police are interviewing the victims to learn whether the intruders and the victims know each other.