Monday, July 14, 2014

Air 1 Guides Ground Officers to Three Robbery Suspects

The Prince George's County Police Department’s Aviation Unit helped guide ground officers to three suspects who had just robbed a convenience store at gunpoint in Capitol Heights. Using Air 1's FLIR thermal imaging system, the flight crew was also able to capture the entire incident on video.

On July 10, 2014, at about 1:20 am, patrol officers were called to the store in the 7400 block of Central Avenue for an armed robbery. The preliminary investigation reveals three suspects walked in, one of them pulled out a gun and demanded cash. They then ran from the store, got into a car and sped away. As patrol officers responded to the scene, one officer spotted and tried to stop the suspects’ car. Instead of stopping, the suspects fled into the District. They finally stopped near RFK and jumped out of the car. The Air 1 crew located the suspects hiding in some woods next to the Anacostia River. As the helicopter circled above, the flight crew was able to guide PGPD and Metropolitan Police Department officers on the ground to the suspects.

Dominique Better

Malik Carter

Rodney Stevenson

The three suspects face multiple charges related to the robbery. They are 27-year-old Dominique Calvin Better of the 2400 block of Bryan Place in Southeast Washington, 18-year-old Malik Larry Carter of the 2900 block of Southern Avenue in Southeast Washington, and 21-year-old Rodney James Stevenson of the 1500 block of Anacostia Avenue in Northeast Washington. They remain in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department, pending extradition to Prince George’s County.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the CID/Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905. Callers can remain anonymous by calling CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. Crime Solvers is offering a CASH REWARD up $1000 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment in this case.

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