Bentz Street Raid

SWAT teams and armored rescue vehicles consisting of more than 50 officers took part in serving search warrants at two residences in the 500 and 600 blocks of N. Bentz Street Tuesday at about 9:15 p.m., according to the Frederick Police Department.

Multiple police investigations, including an undercover operation, have led authorities to believe five armed robberies and three firearms discharges that occurred in downtown Frederick since December are connected.

SWAT teams and armored rescue vehicles consisting of more than 50 officers took part in serving search warrants at two residences in the 500 and 600 blocks of N. Bentz Street Tuesday at about 9:15 p.m., according to Frederick Police Department. Evidence in the alleged armed carjacking case of 19-year-old Titus Lamont Diggs Jr., who was arrested last week, reportedly led police to believe more suspects were staying at residences on N. Bentz Street, a news release reads. Diggs allegedly stole a woman’s car at gunpoint April 18 in the 200 block of E. 4th Street.

Police believe the following cases that occurred in the area of West 6th Street are related and plan to seek additional charges against certain unnamed people in the near future:

  • Firearms discharge, April 25 at 12:34 p.m.
  • Firearms discharge, April 5 at 10:30 p.m.
  • Firearms discharge, March 30 at 10:52 p.m.
  • Armed robbery, Dec. 2 at 5:48 p.m.
  • Armed robbery, Jan. 23 at 5:15 p.m.
  • Armed robbery, March 27 at 3:25 a.m.
  • Armed robbery, March 28 at 1:51 a.m.
  • Armed robbery, March 31 at 11:31 p.m.

Police said suspects’ names would be released at the time of their arrest.

“We know the residents downtown have been extremely concerned about the serious nature of these crimes,” Frederick Chief of Police Jason Lando said in a prepared statement. “While we would all like to see a quick resolution when it comes to crimes of violence, we also know these investigations take time to make sure we get it right. We appreciate the patience of our residents and we are pleased to know these suspects will be held responsible for the havoc they have wreaked on the community.”

Due to the high risk nature of the event, armored rescue vehicles and SWAT teams from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County assisted FPD Tuesday, according to the release. The investigation was a coordinated effort between the Frederick Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hagerstown Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN).

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(12) comments

public-redux

Great work LEOs and militia members!

HappySeller2014

SWAT Teams mean business! They have them around and about in Pittsburgh, so why not here?

Good job, police & others who assisted!

C.D.Reid

That's true, Happy, SWAT is a police team that one doesn't ever want to mess with.

Years ago Frederick surpassed Rockville as the second largest city in the state, but is trying to retain a "small town" atmosphere. Unfortunately, with the growth came an increase in crime and a subsequent need for more training and equipment for local law enforcement. There are those who, quite immaturely, make fun of our sheriff and the fact that he purchased an armored rescue vehicle. I remember when he got it and the Sheriff Jenkins Haters were out in force with their negative comments here. I believe their attitude is just their naive way of refusing to believe the fact that, these days, there is a need for the vehicle. Sixty years ago there wasn't, but the times have changed, for the worse, obviously, and some people are simply too afraid to acknowledge that.

gabrielshorn2013

I believe the armored vehicle was also surplus material from the Iraqi war, and cost almost nothing. A great investment to shield officers from harm.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed Happy. I don't know why some folks object to having such an emergency team when they are needed. Would they like the criminal to "have more of a sporting chance" to escape or shoot at non-protected officers? It seems like a strange expectation.

gjthuro

Great police work as always , we are very fortunate to have the police and sheriff deputies...our only line of defense except for the shotguns biden told us all to buy several years ago

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] gjthuro

jloo

I am shocked these suspects violated all the gun laws, both federal and state!! I'm hoping that if we enact more gun laws, they will get the message and become law abiding citizens.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] jloo. I couldn't agree more! More gun laws are all we need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. It's really that simple!

gjthuro

sure hope this is sarcasm

C.D.Reid

It was, gjthuro, I assure you. [thumbup]

C.D.Reid

"Due to the high risk nature of the event..." I wonder if they put that in for the benefit of the immature clueless who like to make fun of the FCSO equipment and call their armored rescue vehicle a "toy?"

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