Tonight, the Montgomery County Police announced that they had arrested 18-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Smith of Washington, DC, in Monday night’s Silver Spring assault on and robbery of actor Frank Britton. Washington police assisted in the arrest. According to the Montgomery police, “items of evidence related to the assault and robbery were recovered” at the suspect’s residence.
Britton had finished a performance in Forum Theatre’s critically acclaimed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and was waiting for a taxi when he was assaulted by four to five men, according to police, who seriously injured Britton. Britton is resting at home after the first of anticipated multiple surgeries at Holy Cross Hospital.
The assault triggered an outpouring of affection and financial support for Britton, who will face significant medical expenses down the road. Donations, now close to $50,000, are still being accepted at this site.
Britton, one of the area’s busiest actors, played Pontius Pilate and another character in the Forum show. Thony Mena will play Pilate until Britton is ready to resume the role, Forum Artistic Director Michael Dove said.
Police continue to search for the remaining attackers. The Montgomery County Police are asking that any witnesses to the incident contact investigators at the 3rd District Station in Silver Spring at 240-773-6800. Callers may remain anonymous.