by Susan Singer-Bart
A Clarksburg High School teacher was charged on Friday with two counts of armed robbery.
Montgomery County Police say Brendan Fuller Friedman, 41, of the 5400 block of McGrath Boulevard in North Bethesda, robbed a grocery store in Bethesda and a bank in North Bethesda between 3:35 and 5 p.m. Friday.
Police said a man entered a Safeway at 5000 Bradley Blvd. at 3:25 p.m., displayed a handgun at the pharmacy counter and demanded Xanax and OxyContin. He fled on foot with the drugs before police arrived.
The robber was described as being between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. Witness told investigating officers the robber wore a blue surgical mask, a black knit hat, a black jacket and a black hooded sweatshirt. He carried a duffel bag.
About 90 minutes after that robbery a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with a white design on the rear pockets and black suede shoes demanded money from a teller at the M&T Bank at 5910 Executive Blvd. The robber carried a black backpack. He displayed a note implying he had a gun and demanded cash, county police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said. The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
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