Det. Thomas Tokarz of the Criminal Investigation Division investigated both robberies and was able to identify two juvenile females believed to be involved in the Friday robbery. As the investigation continued, a 17-year-old male suspect was identified and taken into custody on 01/13/09 by members of the Patrol Division. The male suspect was interviewed and subsequently linked to both armed robberies. He was identified as Kirk Xavier Ballou, age 17, of Frederick. Based on the nature of the offenses, Ballou was transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and charged as an adult with two counts each of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon and theft less than $500. Following an appearance before the District Court Commissioner, Ballou was being held on $375,000 bond.
The investigation is continuing and additional suspects may be charged. Anyone with information regarding these robberies is encouraged to contact Det. Tokarz at 301-600-1240.