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Girl Attacked with Stun Gun in Wheaton

Police are still searching for a suspect.

A teenage girl was attacked with a stun gun Monday afternoon in the 2100 block of Bucknell Terrace in Wheaton, according to Montgomery County Police.

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Police said the call came in at 3:15 p.m. for a report of a robbery. According to county police spokesperson Officer Rebecca Innocenti, the victim reported that someone had come up behind her, and she felt the stun gun on her leg.

According to WJLA, which first reported the incident, the suspect was allegedly after the victim's cell phone. WJLA also noted that in Montgomery County "Tasers and other shock devices are legal for purchase by adults for self-defense purposes only."

The case will be assigned to a district investigator. Police are still searching for the suspect, whose description has not yet been released to the public.

Editor's Note: Three references to "Tasers" in this article have been changed to "stun guns."

Deb G. September 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
This is pretty frightening. I live about 4 houses away and think that, in general, this is a very safe neighborhood. A robbery in broad daylight, on a residential street? Worrisome.
Christopher Kidwell September 16, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Not so worrisome, Deb. Bottom line is that these things happen from time to time wherever you live. You just learn to realize that it is unlikely they will happen to you and move on.
Commentous September 24, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Yes, this is worrisome. I'm not saying that you should hole yourself up, but the minute we start taking the attitude that this is no big deal and could happen anywhere, we're accepting that this type of thing is normal. It may happen, but it's not normal and it shouldn't be accepted as a minor thing. Likewise, an aggravated assault inside the Wheaton Giant may happen, but we shouldn't accept that as normal or the price to pay in a densely-populated neighborhood. I can accept that someone smashed my car winshield to take a $75 GPS. I can't accept that random tasings and assaults happen in my neighborhood and that they're inevitable, and neither should you. Thank you for seeing this as a concern and not just the way it has to be.


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