An 11-year-old girl is home safe after a carjacking suspect stole her mother's SUV in Montgomery County, Maryland, and then abandoned her and the car once he discovered she was in the back seat, her family says.
The girl was waiting in her mother's Honda Pilot on Fenwick Lane in Silver Spring about 11 p.m. Thursday, when the suspect jumped in the car and took off, police said.
The girl told her family she pretended to sleep while the suspect drove around.
Eventually, he discovered she was in the back and abandoned the SUV on Weller Road off of Georgia Avenue in Glenmont.
But the child's ordeal wasn't over yet.
Her family said she wandered around for about five hours looking for a fire house to get help before a good Samaritan saw her and helped get her home.
Family members say the girl had just memorized a relative's address the day before in Wheaton. And that’s where she showed up— safe and unharmed.
"We can’t believe it," the girl's aunt said. "She’s getting some much-needed rest after a very long and frightening night."
She was not harmed.
The suspect is still on the loose.
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