Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking in Downtown Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a September 19 armed carjacking that occurred in downtown Silver Spring.

At approximately 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, the adult male victim was running an errand in the 8700 block of Colesville Road and left his vehicle unlocked, unattended, and running.   As the victim was returning to his car, he observed a black male suspect wearing a red jacket enter the driver’s area of his vehicle.  The victim also observed a black male suspect wearing a black hooded sweatshirt standing near the passenger side of his vehicle.   The victim stated that he confronted the suspect in the driver’s seat and that this suspect displayed a gun and threatened him.   The suspects stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the area.

On Sunday, September 20, detectives located the victim’s unoccupied vehicle on Anacostia Avenue in Northeast, Washington, D.C.

Anyone with information about this armed carjacking is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.   Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants you to lower your risk of becoming a victim of auto theft and theft from vehicle by urging you to follow these safety tips:

Keep your vehicle keys with you at all times, and never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle. Note: Valet keys can be used to start the vehicle.

Close and lock all vehicle windows and doors when leaving vehicle unattended.

Remove valuables from the vehicle.

Don’t leave a vehicle running if unattended.

If your vehicle has a “push button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.

Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

Park in a secure garage if possible.

Use a car alarm and/or anti-theft device.

Use a vehicle locator device.