Montgomery County police charged a Montgomery Village teen in an elaborate scheme using a cell phone application to lay in wait for pizza deliveries and rob the drivers of money and pies.
Marcus A. Addison, 17, of the 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, was charged as an adult with two counts of attempted armed robbery and six counts of armed robbery in connection with a series of robberies involving pizza delivery employees in Montgomery Village and Gaithersburg.
School officials have confirmed that Addison is a senior at , where he was a defensive starter on last year's varsity football team.
Police said the robberies began in early June, and, noting similarities between each incident, concluded the crimes were most likely committed by the same suspect.
Addison had been placing online delivery orders with fictitious names and provided phone numbers that were disconnected or belonged to businesses, police said. In each robbery, a pizza delivery employee was approached by a masked male with a gun, which police determined to be a pellet gun, and ordered to give money and sometimes pizza, police said.
On Monday, Aug. 20, after identifying Addison as a suspect, police said they followed him to the location of an online delivery order for a residence in the 18900 block of Smoothstone Way in the Heron's Cove community of Montgomery Village, a few hundred yards from where Addison lives. Along the way, Addison donned a black ski mask and hid in the bushes outside of the residence, police said.
Officers canceled the order and the suspect was notified via a pizza delivery cell phone application, police said.
Addison then placed a second order under the same customer name to a different address on Smoothstone Way, police said. Officers again canceled the order and attempted to stop Addison upon his return home. Addison fled on foot, according to police, and after a short pursuit he was apprehended in the Montgomery Village Center parking lot, in the 19100 block of Montgomery Village Avenue.
Officers recovered a black ski mask from Addison and found a black pellet gun that had been discarded during the chase, police said.
In addition to the two counts of attempted armed robbery stemming from the Aug. 20 incident, police implicated Addison in the following burglaries from pizza delivery employees:
- June 5, 2012, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, in the Heron's Cove neighborhood of Montgomery Village
- June 10, 2012, at approximately 1 a.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 400 block of Christopher Avenue in Gaithersburg, near the Gaithersburg Library
- June 20, 2012, at approximately 11:35 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 9900 block of Lake Landing Road, in the Normandie II neighborhood of Montgomery Village
- July 23, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, in the Heron's Cove neighborhood of Montgomery Village
- Aug. 6, 2012, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, in the Center Stage neighborhood of Montgomery Village
- Aug. 8, 2012, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, in the Center Stage neighborhood of Montgomery Village
Pending formal communication between police officials and the county school system, Addison's status as a student and member of the football team remains unclear, said Scott Murphy, Watkins Mill's principal.
"In the meantime, I can tell you that once facts are determined, student involvement in an incident like this could certainly compromise their status as a player on any sports team and as a student at the school," Murphy wrote in an email to Patch.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 12:55 p.m. on Aug. 22 to include information from Watkins Mill High School officials.
Montgomery Village Patch editor Sebastian Montes contributed to this report.