Local educator held with no bail in robbery

A local woman remains in jail with no bond after being charged in connection with a robbery scheme.

Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man and 33-year-old school teacher in connection with robbing two men at gun point in a planned robbery in Gaithersburg.

City of Gaithersburg police arrested and charged Nelson Leiva, 18, and Lakeisha Burrison, 33, with armed robbery after holding up two men at gun point in a Gaithersburg parking lot in July. While Leiva was released on bond after he turned himself into police, Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett denied bond to Burrison.

“It’s still an on-going investigation to see if there is a connection between these two people,” said Gaithersburg Police Public Information Officer Dan Lane.

Burrison, a community and career liaison at Montgomery County Public Schools’ Alternative Education Programs at the Blair G. Ewing Center, helped lure two men she met at a Gaithersburg bar into a parking lot where they were robbed of their luxury watches, according to court records. Police said Burrison befriended two men at the Pour House, a bar located at 212 Ellington Boulevard in Gaithersburg on July 15. According to police Burrison approached the two men, who were friends, one visiting from New York, and they all eventually exchanged phone numbers.

One of the two men said Burrison introduced herself as “Keisha” and became very interested in the watches both men were wearing and that he managed a jewelry store in New York, telling Burrison the watch he was wearing was worth $6, 000 and the watch the other man was wearing was worth $8, 450.

Before the last call at the Pour House, Burrison called one of the men on his cell phone and invited him to smoke cigarettes. After getting into his car, one of the men spotted Burrison walking down the street and pulled up next to her to invite her in and then parked the car behind Coastal Flats restaurant.

As soon as he parked and exited the car to smoke, one of the men saw a man fast approaching the parked car. According to police, a male suspect wearing a bandana over the lower half of his face, now identified as Leiva, approached the men, brandished a handgun and demanded their watches, wallets and cellphones.

“Give me your watches,” Leiva told the two men, according to court documents.

The men said Leiva made no demands of Burrison, who ran off after the two men were robbed. After the robbery, one of the men saw Burrison where she told him not to go near her.

“Don’t come this way, don’t come near me. It’s not safe for you and your friend,” Burrison told one of the victims, according to court documents.

Burrison is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Aug. 25, while Leiva has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 1.

District Court Judge John Moffett denied Burrison bail in a hearing last week. 


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