A 20-year-old Silver Spring man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for pulling a gun and robbing three people of their cell phones and cash near the Takoma Park Metro station in January.
"This is a good sentence. You cannot rob people at gunpoint in Montgomery County and get away with it nor can you try to intimidate witnesses," said Ramon Korionoff, the Montgomery County Circuit Court's public affairs director, of the 32 years received by Silver Spring resident Daquan Lee Tyler.
Tyler was found guilty on Aug. 14 of three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of the use of a handgun in committing a violent crime, three counts of first-degree assault and one count of witness intimidation.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Jordan presided over the trial and sentencing, according to a statement from the state's attorney's office.
The sentence was for 56 years of prison, but 24 years were suspended, the statement added.
In the Jan. 1 robbery, Tyler and fellow assailant Kyree Jordan, 19, robbed victims Huyen Nguyen, Casey Creel and David Brisson of their wallets and phones near the Takoma Park Metro station. The victims said that each robber had a small black handgun with a red laser scope on it, according to the news statement. Jordan pleaded guilty on Aug. 15.
About an hour after the robbery, Brisson and Nguyen's credit cards were used at a Redbox DVD vending machine at two 7 Eleven stores (at 2 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, and at 11445 Amherst Ave., Wheaton).
On Feb. 15, police searched Tyler's house on a search warrant in connection with a different case and found two video games—one rented on Brisson's stolen credit card about an hour after the robbery, and one rented on Nugyen's credit card, also about an hour after the robbery—in Tyler's basement bedroom, the news statement said.
Also found on the property was a loaded black revolver with a red laser scope. It was discovered in a dog house in Tyler's back yard.