Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Police Report: February 24
3700 block of 36th Street: At about 7:30 pm officers responded for the report of an armed carjacking. The victim reported that she had just parked her 2005 Nissan in her driveway when she was approached by two armed men. One of them pointed a handgun at her and ordered her out of her vehicle. As she got out, both men threw her to the ground, got into her vehicle and fled the scene up 36th Street towards Perry Street. The victim called 911 on her cell phone and the County police call taker immediately dispatched PGPD units to the scene and also transferred the call to Bladensburg PD so that MRPD units could be dispatched. Within a couple of minutes a PGPD patrol unit spotted the carjacked vehicle a short distance away in Brentwood. PGPD officers were able to get the vehicle stopped and arrested the driver before he could get away. The passenger fled on foot. An extensive search of the area for the passenger was instituted by PGPD and MRPD ground units, assisted by PGPD’s helicopter Air One. The search was successful and PGPD officers located and arrested the passenger. Officers also were able to find the handgun the men used to commit the crime. Both individuals were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville charged with armed carjacking and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony among other charges. The victim was visibly shaken and upset by her ordeal but was not seriously injured. The PGPD officers involved in this case are to be commended for their quick response and deployment of resources without which this case could not have been resolved as quickly as it was.