ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police (MCP) announced on July 1 that the suspect in a June 8 armed robbery in a Gaithersburg bank was arrested and taken into custody, thanks to a tip from the public.
Jonathan David Goff, 36, of Rineyville, Kentucky, was arrested on June 29 near Bloomington, Illinois, by members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and local law enforcement agencies.
MCP Public Information Officer Rick Goodale said that once the press release about the robbery was distributed to the public on June 20, a tip on Goff’s whereabouts came in one day later. While he was found in another state, officials said the suspect had ties to the Baltimore County area where he had prior traffic offenses.
“He was arrested in Illinois on a Montgomery County warrant,” Goodale said. “He is being held in Wilmington, Illinois, until our fugitive officers from Montgomery County can get out to Illinois to bring him back.”
According to police officials, Goff entered the TD Bank on Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg on June 8, passed a note to a teller and announced the robbery. He demanded cash and implied to bank workers that he had a weapon in his possession.
Once he received an undisclosed amount from the teller, Goff left the bank. Security footage released by MPD showed that Goff wore a light-blue buttoned shirt and a black hat while sporting a beard. Employees at the TD Bank could not comment on the robbery or Goff’s arrest. The corporate offices were not available to comment at this time.
According to Montgomery County’s open data website, dataMontgomery, there have been 211 crimes classified as robberies (this year), nine of which took place in banks. Goodale said that within the past month, there have been “five-to-six” incidents in banking establishments in the county alone.
Early this year, one bank robbery attempt became a high-profile incident when a police officer shot and killed the suspect. Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, 31, attempted to flee after robbing the BB&T Bank on the 1100 block of Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring when he faced a confrontation with Officer Christopher LaPointe. The officer shot the suspect, who died as he was being transported to Holy Cross Hospital.
“There was a confrontation; the subject was then shot and disabled,” then-Assistant Chief Marcus Jones said. “At that moment of time, we were able to secure him and provide him with medical assistance where he was transported to Holy Cross Hospital, and (we) have been informed that he has succumbed to his injuries.”
While the overall number of robberies is a concern for MCP officials, Goodale said further studies of the numbers are needed before determining if robbery is actually on the rise in the county.
“It is always a concern,” Goodale said. “I wouldn’t say that we have necessarily seen an increase of bank robberies or like the gun shop robberies, but they do occur.”
Tips are always vital for police in order to solve crimes, Goodale said. According to the original press release, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County offered a cash reward of “up to $10,000” for information provided to them that led to Goff’s arrest and/or indictment.
The seriousness of a case and the quality of the tip will determine how much the reward will be for the tipster, Goodale said.
“We do close quite a few cases based on the public’s tips, which is why we put (the information) out,” Goodale said. “The public watches our social media stuff and they watch the news, TV or read the newspaper. If we put the photos and video out, the chances are someone is going to recognize our suspect, so released information to the public has been a valuable tool for us to close some of these cases.