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Four suspects sought in robbery & kidnapping of two men at Silver Spring hotel.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) -- Four people were being sought by Montgomery County police for the robbery and kidnapping of two men at a Silver Springs hotel on Thursday.

It began with a knock on the door of a room at 6:30 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard at Cherry Hill Road and Columbia Pike.

The man staying in the room told police he answered the door and was confronted by four robbers, three men and a woman, who demanded money.

The victim said he handed over a large sum of money he had won the night before at the Maryland Live! Casino - but the robbers wanted more and he was forced to call a friend and ask him to come to the hotel.

The friend reportedly became victim number two when three of the robbers accosted him and forced him to go to the Bank of America branch in the 11400 block of Columbia Pike to withdraw cash. The remaining robber stayed with the other victim at his hotel room.

While in the bank, the second victim slipped a note to the teller saying he was being robbed. The teller called 9-1-1, but the robbers apparently became nervous and fled before police arrived.

Meantime, the victim back in the hotel room managed to escape to a nearby Home Depot store and also call police. Investigators said the two victims were unhurt and all four suspects remained on the loose.

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