D.C. Teen Arrested in Strong-Arm Carjacking

Takoma Park Police say that a D.C. teen has been arrested in connection with a strong-arm carjacking that occurred Thursday evening.

Officers responded at approximately 7:32 p.m. Thursday to the area of Westmoreland Ave. and Carroll Ave. for a report of a carjacking, police spokesperson Cathy Plevy said in an emailed community advisory. In his parked vehicle on Westmoreland Ave., the victim was working when he was approached by three suspects who walked from Carroll Ave. onto Westmoreland Ave. As the suspects approached the driver’s side door, they opened it and ordered the victim to exit. The victim complied and the three suspects fled in the vehicle towards Carroll Ave. and made a right turn.

All of the victim’s work tools were inside the vehicle, Plevy said.

The 400 block of Elm Ave. was canvassed by officers after a call was received that various items were scattered in the roadway. The officers were able to collect the items and determine that they indeed belonged to the victim.

At approximately 10:14 p.m. Friday, a Takoma Park Police detective responded to the Fairfax County, Va. Police Department regarding the recovered carjacked vehicle that was stolen from Westmoreland Ave. on Thursday evening. Undercover units of Fairfax County Police located the stolen vehicle in front of a shopping center, and four suspects were apprehended.

A total of four suspects were involved in the case, two of whom were 18-year-old adults and two of whom were 17-year-old juveniles. One of the 17-year-old juveniles, from the District of Columbia, was responsible for the carjacking in Takoma Park. The other juvenile was released into the custody of a guardian.

Fairfax County Police charged the two adults with theft and possession of stolen property. Charges are pending for the strong-arm carjacking, Plevy said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.

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