Prince Georges Police Beat: Pair were in process of robbing bank when stopped dead in their tracks by stolen car cops

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Pair were in process of robbing bank when stopped dead in their tracks by stolen car cops

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD.  — Two bad guys who had allegedly stolen a car were on the way to rob a bank when the stolen tags alerted a special team of stolen car cops to their position near a bank in Upper Marlboro.

The Chesapeake Today June front pageOn June 11, 2015, Prince Georges Police reported the second suspect involved in Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting has been identified and charged. He is 42-year-old Derrick Simmons of the 8900 block of Town Center Circle in Upper Marlboro. Simmons is charged with felony theft and handgun-related charges. He is currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

The Prince George’s County Police Department has charged one suspect in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Upper Marlboro. The suspect is identified as 44-year-old Clyde Peterson of the 14000 block Argos Place in Upper Marlboro. A second suspect remains in the hospital in police custody. Charges are pending.

On June 9, 2015, at about 10:45 am, patrol officers responded to the Marlboro Crossroads shopping center in the 5700 block of Crain Highway for the report of an officer-involved shooting.

The preliminary investigation reveals two members of the Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement (WAVE) Team, who are detectives with the Prince George’s County Police Department, were in the area this morning when they spotted a stolen Ford Mustang. The Baltimore Police Department had alerted our officers this morning that the car had been stolen from their jurisdiction. One detective approached the car that was occupied by both Peterson and the second suspect. A witness reported hearing the officer ordering a suspect not to touch the weapon. Fearing for his life and for those around them, the officer fired his service weapon, striking both suspects.

Preliminarily, investigators believe the suspects may have driven the stolen car to the shopping center with the intention of robbing a bank. In addition to their weapons, a pair of gloves was recovered in their car.

Peterson and the second suspect were taken to a hospital where Peterson was treated and released. Peterson is charged with felony theft and handgun related charges. He is currently at the Department of Corrections. The second suspect remains hospitalized and is listed in stable condition. Both suspects may face additional charges.

The involved officer is identified as Police Officer First Class David Gross, a four-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department. Gross had been employed with another area law enforcement agency for twelve years prior to joining our department. He is currently assigned to the Bureau of Investigation, Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement (WAVE) Team. He is on routine, administrative leave.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at (301)772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to to submit a tip online.

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