Update: March 7, 2019 (8:33 am): The suspect is identified as Awa Rahman, age 19, of Central Park Circle in Alexandria, Virginia. Rahman was released from the hospital on the evening of March 6 and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. She has been charged with armed carjacking and making a false statement to a peace officer.
Rahman’s photograph has been added to this release.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Division have arrested a 19-year-old female from Alexandria, Virginia, with a carjacking that occurred in North Potomac just after midnight.
At approximately 12:03 a.m. on March 6, the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a person who reported that he had just been carjacked at the intersection of Amberlea Farm Drive and Dufief Mill Road.
Officers met with the victim, who stated that he was driving to work and as he approached the intersection, he observed a vehicle stopped in the roadway with its driver’s door partially open. A female exited the driver’s side of that vehicle and began to walk to the victim’s vehicle. The female waved to get the victim’s attention and the victim lowered his vehicle window. The female stated that she needed a ride. She then got in the victim’s passenger seat and demanded to be driven to Washington, D.C. The female suspect then put an object, which the victim believed was a gun, to the victim’s head and ordered him to exit his vehicle. The suspect then drove off in the victim’s Subaru Outback.
At approximately 12:15 a.m., an on-duty Montgomery County police officer, in his marked cruiser, located the Subaru Outback traveling east on Darnestown Road and Muddy Branch Road and attempted to stop the vehicle using his vehicle lights and siren. The vehicle did not stop and officers pursued the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into trees on Clara Barton Parkway in the area of Lock #7 in Montgomery County.
Fire & Rescue personnel transported the suspect to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries that she sustained in the collision. She has been arrested for armed carjacking and at this time, remains in the hospital in the custody of the Police Department.
Officers located the suspect’s Ford Fusion in the roadway at the intersection of Amberlea Farm Drive and Dufief Mill Road.
The suspect’s name and her photograph will be released once she has been brought before a Court commissioner.