Two teenagers were jailed on carjacking charges after trying to steal a car at a gas station in Maryland (Germantown). The teens were forced to flee on foot because they couldn’t figure out the vehicle’s manual transmission. Here's the complete story from the Montgomery County Department of Police:
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged a 16-year-old juvenile from Rockville and a 17-year-old juvenile from Washington D.C. for a strong-arm carjacking that occurred in Germantown on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
On March 25, at approximately 4:36 p.m., 5th District Officers responded to the Sunoco gas station in the 19200 block of Frederick Road for the report of a carjacking that just occurred. The investigation by detectives determined that the adult male victim finished pumping his gas and attempted to enter his car when he observed the juveniles running towards him. The juveniles forced the door open, grabbed ahold of the victim and demanded his keys. The victim complied with the juveniles' demands.
The juveniles entered the victim’s car and attempted to drive away. Unable to drive a manual transmission, the juveniles exited the vehicle and left the scene on foot. At approximately 5 p.m., officers observed the juveniles in the 19000 block of Frederick Road. When officers attempted to apprehend them, they fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, the juveniles were quickly apprehended. Both juveniles were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing unit, where they were charged as adults, with one count of carjacking and one count of conspiracy carjacking. They are currently being held without bond.