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.

Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking in Silver Spring Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continues to investigate an armed carjacking that occurred on September 19 in the Silver Spring area.

On Saturday, September 19, at approximately 6:53 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 8600 block of Cedar Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. The investigation determined that the adult male victim was making deliveries for Amazon in the area when he was confronted by two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, and both armed with a handgun. One suspect took the victim’s car keys and fled in the victim’s silver Chevrolet Malibu. The other suspect fled in a gray vehicle the two suspects initially arrived in.

The stolen vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in Washington, D.C.

Anyone who has information about this carjacking or the suspects involved is asked to call the 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.

Suspect Arrested After Early Morning Carjacking in Downtown Silver Spring

Demarco J. Allen

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Demarco J. Allen, age 21, of the 4700 block of Foote Street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., with carjacking and assault-related offenses for a carjacking that occurred early yesterday morning in front of a residence in downtown Siler Spring.

On Monday, March 9 at approximately 3:40 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 1500 block of East Falkland Lane for the report of a carjacking that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that a 58-year-old male was standing outside of his Honda CRV while the car was warming up on East Falkland Lane.  The victim reported that the suspect walked past him and entered the driver’s side of the Honda.  The victim confronted the suspect and the suspect assaulted the victim.  After the assault, the suspect re-entered the victim’s Honda and fled in the stolen car.  The suspect struck a parked car on East Falkland lane as he fled the area in the victim’s stolen vehicle.

A short time later, a 3rd District officer observed the stolen Honda in the 1100 block of Bonifant Street in downtown Silver Spring.   After observing the officer, the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot.  Additional officers who had responded to the area observed the suspect running on Georgia Avenue.  The suspect was eventually arrested in the 8300 block of Georgia Avenue and identified as Allen.

Allen was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with carjacking, robbery, second-degree assault, and motor vehicle theft.  He is being held without bond.

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Suspect Arrested for Offenses to Include Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute and Attempted Carjacking

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.”

Dante Craven

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