ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County police are searching for a suspect who robbed a Ride On Bus passenger and was then struck by a car afterwards while trying to flee the area.
Police say the robbery happened in Rockville on April 13 at around 2:23 p.m. as the suspect and the 34-year-old male victim were sitting next to each other in the rear of the bus.
As the bus was traveling on East Gude Drive approaching Taft Street, officials say the suspect stole the victim's wallet. A struggle ensued after the victim realized his wallet was stolen and he attempted to get it back. While the altercation was happening, the bus driver stopped the bus. The suspect then ran off the bus while the victim chased after him.
However, when the suspect tried to cross the street at East Gude Drive, he was sent flying into the air after being struck by a green-colored Subaru SUV. After falling to the ground, the suspect fled the scene.
Montgomery County police are also searching for the driver of the Suburu after failing to stay at the scene of collision. Police say there will not necessarily be charges for that driver and that they understand that person could have been very confused by what was happening.
Police say, primarily, they want to get that driver's account of what went on to aid their investigation.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the driver of the Suburu is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered in this case.