Series of Early-Morning Carjackings in Montgomery Co.

By Aaron Gilchrist
|  Saturday, Apr 23, 2011  |  Updated 9:57 AM EDT
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Police are investigating after three armed carjackings in Silver Spring and Chevy Chase, Md., all happening within 10 days.

Aaron Gilchrist

Police are investigating after three armed carjackings in Silver Spring and Chevy Chase, Md., all happening within 10 days.

Montgomery County police are trying to connect the dots in a rash of early-morning carjackings.

Armed suspects have struck at least three times this month in Silver Spring and Chevy Chase.

The first incident happened April 8 just before 7 a.m.  A man was pumping gas at the 7-Eleven on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. While he stood by his car, two men with a gun caught him off guard.

"He was approached by the suspects, who demanded his vehicle at gunpoint,” said Officer Janelle Smith, a spokesperson for Montgomery County Police. “He threw down the keys and suspects took that vehicle."

The second carjacking happened along Friendship Boulevard in Chevy Chase at 6 a.m. April 18. A woman walked to her car near the intersection with Willard Avenue with her hands full and unlocked the door, police said.

"When she went to get into the vehicle, the suspects approached the vehicle and demanded the vehicle," said Smith.

The victim threw her keys on the ground and the car thieves took off down Willard Avenue toward D.C.

The final incident was an attempted carjacking in the parking lot at the Summit Hills Apartments on 16th Street in Silver Spring.  Police said at about 5:30 a.m., a man was sitting in his car on his cell phone.

"They reached in and pulled the guy out of the vehicle. Once the victim was out of the vehicle, he reached back in for his cell phone,” Smith said. “When he reached back into the vehicle, the suspects ran away."

The victim isn't sure if they had a gun but knows the suspects jumped into a waiting dark gray Dodge Charger driven by a third person.

Police are looking for a black Audi A-4 with Maryland tags 6FW-N44 and a white Infiniti FX35 with DC tags DJ3785.

The suspects in each incident are described as skinny black males standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and wearing black jackets and ski masks.

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