Two Arrested for Armed Carjacking in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department  of Police – Major Crimes Division, continue to investigate an armed carjacking  that occurred this afternoon in the 11100 block of Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.

On Monday, December 31, at approximately 3:27 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call reporting an armed carjacking that had just occurred in the 11100 block of Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.

Responding officers located the victim who reported that two suspects had displayed a handgun and had taken her vehicle.  A lookout was placed for the stolen vehicle along with a description of the two suspects.

At approximately 3:44 p.m., officers responding to the call spotted the stolen vehicle and were able to perform a traffic stop in the area of Columbia Pike and Greencastle Road.  The two suspects were taken into custody without incident.  A replica handgun was retrieved on the scene of the traffic stop.

Suspect information will be released after suspects are charged accordingly.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Detectives are working to confirm additional details.  Updates will be provided as information is confirmed.  Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.

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Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking and Shooting in Bel Pre Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an armed carjacking and the shooting of a 27-year-old male that occurred this afternoon in the Bel Pre area.

On Thursday, December 20, at approximately 3:57 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls reporting a robbery and a shooting that had just occurred in the 14200 block of Pear Tree Lane.

Responding officers located two victims on the side of the roadway of Pear Tree Lane; one victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.  The victims stated that at least two suspects approached them.  At least one of the suspects threatened the victims with a handgun.  During this encounter, one of the victims was shot.  After the shooting, the suspects fled in a black, Hyundai Sonata that belongs to one of the victims.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and transported the shooting victim to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Detectives are working to confirm additional details.  Updates will be provided as information is confirmed.

Anyone who has information about the suspects or this shooting is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking in Silver Spring; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the August 9 armed carjacking of a 30-year-old male that occurred in Silver Spring.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

On Thursday, August 9 at approximately 8:42 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Sheraton hotel located at 8777 Georgia Avenue for the report of an armed carjacking that had just occurred in the hotel’s parking garage.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the victim was returning to his parked vehicle inside the parking garage of the hotel when he was approached by one of the suspects.  This suspect, who was armed with a handgun, confronted the victim and stated that he was a police officer.  The victim then asked to see the suspect’s police identification.  The suspect ordered the victim to put his hands in the air and then pepper-sprayed him.  The second suspect, who was also armed with a handgun and whom detectives believe was acting as a lookout, then joined the first suspect in this robbery.  The second suspect struck the victim on the head with his handgun and the suspects stole property, to include the victim’s car keys.  The two suspects fled from the area in the victim’s vehicle.   Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and treated the victim for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who has information about these two suspects or this carjacking is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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First suspect in armed carjacking that occurred in Silver Spring.

Second suspect in armed carjacking that occurred in Silver Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detectives Investigate Attempted Carjacking in Bethesda; Surveillance Video Released

One of two suspects in an attempted carjacking in Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an August 2 attempted carjacking that occurred in Bethesda.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on Thursday, August 2 at approximately 9:15 p.m., the adult male victim was returning to his parked vehicle inside a parking garage of the Westfield Montgomery mall located at 7101 Democracy Boulevard when he was approached by the two suspects.  One suspect demanded the victim’s car key and the second suspect threatened the victim by implying that he was armed with a weapon.  The suspects obtained the victim’s key, entered the vehicle, and started the car.  Detectives believe that the suspects then realized that they could not drive a manual transmission.  Both suspects then fled on foot and were last seen on the second level of the parking garage.

Anyone who has information about these two suspects or this attempted carjacking is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Suspect Charged with Armed Carjacking and Armed Robbery of a Business

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) have charged Michael Gainer Rothenberg, 27, of Buxton Terrace in Bethesda, with the March 1 armed carjacking that occurred at the Barnes and Noble parking lot in Rockville and the March 4 armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Glen Echo.

On Monday, March 6, Major Crimes detectives were notified by the Howard County Police Department that their officers had just recovered a 2004 Lexus that had been stolen during the March 1 carjacking that occurred at the Rockville Barnes and Noble.  Howard County detectives informed MCPD detectives that on that day, a suspect had committed an armed robbery in their jurisdiction and fled the scene in the Lexus.  The suspect then became involved in a collision and abandoned the Lexus.

The Lexus was recovered by the Howard County Police Department and a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it has been stolen from Montgomery County.

Howard County Police detectives conducted a search of the recovered Lexus and located a driver’s license belonging to Michael Rothenberg.  They also located a receipt from a pawn store that documented that a musical instrument had been pawned for money.  MCPD detectives noted that an instrument was in the Lexus when it was stolen from the Barnes and Noble parking lot.

Howard County Police officers located and arrested Rothenberg on March 6 for crimes committed in their jurisdiction.  MCPD detectives responded to Howard County and interviewed Rothenberg.  Rothenberg made admissions to his involvement in the March 1 carjacking in Rockville and the March 4 robbery of the 7-Eleven in Glen Echo.  Detectives charged Rothenberg via a criminal warrant with armed robbery and armed carjacking.

The Montgomery County Police Department thanks the Howard County Police Department for its assistance during this investigation.

Synopsis of Carjacking and Commercial Armed Robbery Committed By Rothenberg:

  • On March 1 at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers responded to the report of a carjacking that had just occurred in the parking lot of the Barnes and Noble located at 12089 Rockville Pike.  Investigation revealed that the suspect, identified through investigation as Rothenberg, approached the victim at her vehicle (a 2004 Lexus), displayed a black handgun, and ordered the victim to drop her car keys and bag on the ground.  The victim complied.  Rothenberg picked up the keys and victim’s bag and then fled in the victim’s Lexus.
  • On March 4 at approximately 8:57 p.m., officers responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 7305 MacArthur Boulevard for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed that the suspect, through investigation identified as Rothenberg, entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money.  Rothenberg ordered the store clerk to place cash from the registers in a store bag.  He then fled from the store with the cash.

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Howard County Police Department’s Press Release: Suspect in Gas Station Robbery and Carjacking Taken Into Custody

Michael Rothenberg

Surveillance Photo of Rothenberg Committing March 4 Robbery