Surveillance video, fingerprints lead to conviction in gas station robbery

BETHESDA, Md. -- Late Wednesday, Parris Allen was convicted of armed robbery and use of a gun in the commission of a felony, punishable with up to 40 years in prison.


Police said exactly one-year prior, Allen and two other men robbed Shell gas station on Democracy Boulevard, near Montgomery County Mall, at gunpoint.


Surveillance video from inside the store shows a suspect with an orange shirt over his face point a gun at the clerk’s head, and a second man, with his face covered, comes around the counter and empties the cash register.  About 20 seconds later, the suspects start to leave, but turn back to grab cartons of cigarettes.  That is exactly what Ramon Korionoff with Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, said led to Allen’s arrest.


“The fingerprints on those Newport cigarettes.  Allen had dropped a couple on his way to the escape vehicle, and thanks to good work of Montgomery County forensics, we were able to lift those finger prints, combine it with the video and the jury came back with a guilty verdict in 45 minutes,” Korionoff explained.


Detectives continue to search for two other men involved.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers 866-411-8477.