SILVER SPRING, Md. (WDVM) – Two Montgomery Blair High School students were robbed at gunpoint on school grounds Wednesday morning and three teenagers have been charged in the case.
Montgomery County Police confirm one 15-year-old, one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old are facing robbery, assault and theft charges. They are all are charged as juveniles.
The three have since been released to their parents or guardians. Police say the boys go to another Montgomery County high school and were identified with the help of police and other students.
“Our School Resource Officers are very good at what they do. They have developed contacts in the school with the kids, as well as at other schools. During interviews with our two victims, while conducting the investigation and talking with other kids who may know the suspects, they were quickly able to develop who these suspects were, even though they attend different schools,” said Officer Rick Goodale of MCP.
An email sent to Blair High School parents says after the two victims were robbed near the track, they ran inside and told administrators and the School Resource Officer.
Officials placed the school under a “shelter-in-place” notice and secured the building. The security measure lasted around an hour and didn’t interrupt classroom instruction.
Montgomery County Police were later able to locate the three suspects. Police recovered three BB guns, one of which is believed to be the one shown during the robbery.
“If the intent is to cause fear, even though it’s a BB gun, it may be a non-functioning firearm, the fear would still be the same. So, under the law, it’s still considered an armed robbery,” said Officer Goodale.
Photos and names of those charged will not be released because they are juveniles.