Two 15-year-old males from Northeast Washington have been arrested and charged in connection with a vehicle theft when the owner’s two-year-old daughter was in the back seat at the time.
The incident happened Wednesday, June 16 at approximately 9:30 a.m., when 3rd District officers responded to a gas station located in the 8600 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of a vehicle theft that had just occurred.
“The investigation by detectives determined that the victim had stopped her vehicle at an air-pump station located in the gas station parking lot to vacuum out her vehicle,” according to a press release. “The victim exited her vehicle and was inserting money into the air pump machine when one of the suspects entered the driver’s area of her vehicle and fled out of the parking lot.”
A witness to the theft followed the stolen car onto Colesville Road, observing the driver stopping to pick up the second suspect. The witness was able to provide descriptions of both suspects.
Officers then found the car with the girl, who was not injured.
“Officers in the area observed two individuals who matched the suspects’ description walking in the area of Fenton Street and Veterans Place in downtown Silver Spring,” the release continues. “Upon seeing the officers, both suspects fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, both juvenile suspects were taken into custody.”
Both teenagers were charged as juveniles with vehicle theft and kidnapping-related offenses.