Suspect Arrested at Scene of Attempted Armed Carjacking

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Allan Muhizi, age 18, of Modrad Way in Silver Spring, with attempted armed carjacking, first-degree assault, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On September 18 at approximately 7:37 p.m., a 67-year-old male was sitting in his vehicle in an office building park lot located at 15245 Shady Grove Road when the suspect (later identified as Muhizi) approached the victim’s vehicle.  Muhizi attempted to open the driver’s door and then produced a handgun.  The victim was able to drive away from Muhizi and call 911.  As the victim attempted to seek assistance from a passerby, the suspect, from a distance, again pointed the gun at the victim.  Officers arrived and began to investigate.  Muhizi fled the scene prior to police arrival.

At approximately 8:15 that evening, a 51-year-old male was repairing a vehicle in a parking lot located at 2400 Research Boulevard when he was approached by Muhizi.  Muhizi pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the keys to the vehicle that the victim had arrived to the parking lot in.  During the encounter, a struggle between the victim and Muhizi ensued and a round was fired from the gun.  No one was injured.  The victim got the gun from Muhizi and asked a woman exiting a building to call 911.  Officers arrived and arrested Muhizi for both crimes.

Muhizi was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

The gun used in the crimes was recovered.

Allan Muhizi