Man arrested for 2 Md. armed robberies

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man believed to be responsible for two armed robberies that happened at Choice Market in Gaithersburg on January 17 and January 24.

Jerson Nirvio Mendez, 38 of the 10000 block of Stedwick Road in Montgomery Village, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of armed robbery, according to authorities.

Montgomery County Police said on February 7, Mendez was developed as a suspect in these two incidents. A deputy who had responded to the January 24 robbery saw Mendez Montgomery Village shopping center.

The officer recognized Mendez based on the surveillance photos from the Choice Market. Also, authorities said, Mendez was wearing the same jacket that the suspect in the robberies had been wearing.

The deputy detained Mendez and got in touch with robbery detectives. Police said detectives interviewed Mendez regarding the robberies and Mendez was released without charges.

After the interview with him, detectives got a search warrant for Mendez' residence and evidence was found on February 27.

An arrest warrant was obtained on February 28 charging Mendez with two armed robberies, according to authorities.

He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond, police said.

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