Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Special Assignment Team (SAT) have arrested and charged Dante Craven, age 28, of Baltimore, with offenses to include attempted carjacking, theft, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute it, and two counts of second-degree assault of an officer.
On October 1, First District SAT officers were investigating a community complaint when they observed a drug transaction. One suspect left the area in a vehicle. An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle but the driver fled in the vehicle. The suspect stopped the car a short distance and then fled on foot.
Through investigation, SAT officers identified the suspect as Craven. Officers determined that Craven was also a suspect in a domestic violence incident that occurred approximately two weeks prior in Germantown. During that incident, Craven fled from police by jumping from a second story balcony of an apartment.
On October 2, First District SAT officers located Craven in Germantown. As officers attempted to arrest Craven, he assaulted two police officers and fled on foot. He attempted to carjack a vehicle to get away. Craven was arrested with the assistance of a K9. He was found to be in possession of a knife and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.
He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.
Commander Darren Francke of the First District stated, “Special Assignment Teams are highly trained officers that work to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe by disrupting illegal activities that occur outside the sight of uniformed officers. This is a good outcome as Mr. Craven is prevented from endangering our community for the time being and may get more help with his problems. The community should feel safer because of these police professionals.”
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.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kenneth Darnell Davis, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, with carjacking and assault offenses for the September 6th carjacking that occurred in front of a convenience store in Germantown. Detectives have also charged 16-year-old Kimberly Morales of Montgomery Village as an adult with carjacking and assault offenses related to this incident.
The investigation by detectives determined that on Friday, September 6th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the adult male victim parked his vehicle in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 19700 Frederick Road. After parking, the victim left his vehicle unlocked and running while he entered the store to make a purchase. While standing in line for the registers, the victim observed a male suspect enter the driver’s side of his vehicle and a female suspect enter the rear seat area of his vehicle. After seeing this, the victim ran outside, opened the passenger door to his vehicle and attempted to remove the suspects. After being confronted by the victim, the male suspect who was in the driver’s seat of the victim’s car backed the vehicle out the parking space at a high rate of speed. The victim was struck by the open passenger-side door of his car and thrown to the pavement as the suspect back out of the parking space and fled in the victim’s car from the area. Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 7-Eleven and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
During the initial investigation, detectives entered the victim’s vehicle into a national law enforcement database as being stolen from Montgomery County. The next morning (Saturday, September 7th), at approximately 10:06 a.m., MCP detectives were contacted by officers from the Hope Mills Police Department in North Carolina who stated that they had located the carjacked vehicle from Montgomery County at a convenience store in Hope Mills. The Hope Mills officers further stated that a male and female suspect, now identified as Kenneth Davis and Kimberly Morales, were found in the stolen car and were now in custody. Further investigation by MCP detectives determined that Davis and Morales were the same suspects who committed the September 6th carjacking in Germantown.
MCP detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis charging him with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking. MCP detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Morales, charging her as an adult with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking. Davis and Morales remain in custody in North Carolina pending extradition to Montgomery County.
**Note a mugshot of Davis is not yet available and a mugshot of Morales will not be released due to her age**
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Shaquana Kendricks, age 28, of the 4400 block of Green Rose Lane in Baltimore, for an attempted carjacking that occurred in the Silver Spring area on September 4.
On Wednesday, September 4 at approximately 4:45 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of an attempted carjacking that had just occurred. The investigation by detectives determined that the adult female victim had parked her car in the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue and had exited her vehicle when the suspect approached her. The suspect demanded the victim’s car keys and then assaulted the victim. During the assault, the suspect stole the victim’s car keys. While the assault continued, the victim managed to enter her car and hold the car’s doors shut, which prevented the suspect from entering the vehicle. Once inside her car, the victim called 9-1-1. The suspect then fled the area on foot. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and treated the victim at the scene for her injuries.
Officers who had responded for the attempted carjacking located the suspect at a bus stop on Georgia Avenue at Seminary Road. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect fled on foot northbound onto Georgia Avenue and into traffic. Officers pursued the suspect on foot and eventually apprehended her in the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue. The suspect was subsequently identified as Kendricks.
Kendricks was arrested and transported to MCP headquarters where she was interviewed by detectives. During the police interview, Kendricks made admissions of guilt. Kendricks was transported to the Central Processing Unit where she was charged with one count of an attempted carjacking. Kendricks is being held without bond.
On July 18 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a woman parked her car and accompanied by her daughter, entered the Capital One Bank located at 8740 Arliss Street. Three additional family members: a two-year-old female, a nine-year-old male, and a 15-year old female, remained in the back seat of the vehicle. The suspect entered the vehicle and began driving out of the parking lot. (The car was running and the keys were in the ignition). The 15-year-old female victim observed what appeared to be a black handgun in the suspect’s pocket. The suspect drove to an apartment complex parking lot located in the 8600 block of Piney Branch Road. He told the oldest victim to give him money and she complied. The suspect let the children out of the vehicle and then fled from the area in the stolen vehicle. The victims were not injured during the incident.
Two days later (July 20), the victim’s vehicle was located unoccupied on Greenlawn Drive in Hyattsville. Personnel from the MCP Crime Scene Unit processed the vehicle for physical evidence, including latent fingerprints and DNA. Prints believed to belong to the suspect were obtained from the victim’s vehicle and sent to the Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System database (RAFIS). On July 23, detectives received a fingerprint match to Daivon Marquez Belt and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
On Monday, August 19, Belt was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant in Washington, D.C. Belt was extradited to Montgomery County on August 20 where he is currently being held without bond.