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Man charged with carjacking, assaulting woman in Chevy Chase at gunpoint

Attack happened at gas station on Connecticut Avenue

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A Prince George’s County man has been charged with assaulting a woman and stealing her car at gunpoint at a gas station in Chevy Chase last week.

Tyrece A. Jones, 19, of Oxon Hill, is accused of attacking a 42-year-old woman on Jan. 14 and stealing her car, police said in a press release on Thursday.

Police said in the press release that the woman was fueling her car at a gas station in the 8500 block of Connecticut Avenue when Jones approached her with a handgun around 8:23 p.m. on Jan. 14.

When the woman tried to get in her car, Jones stopped her and assaulted her, police said. The woman tried to run away, but Jones kept assaulting her.

Eventually, Jones pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her car keys, police said. Jones got the keys and hit the woman with his gun before fleeing the scene in the car.

The woman was treated for her injuries, police said.

A 47-second video of the attack shows a man chasing the woman around the car and assaulting her in the area between the car and the gas pump. The physical struggle appears to last about 27 seconds before the man runs around the back of the car and gets in the driver’s seat.

The victim then opens the passenger door briefly before it closes. She tries to open it again and is then seen hitting the window twice. When she opens the door again, the man pushes her to the ground and closes the door.

Police said Thursday that they determined the woman’s car was in the Oxon Hill area the day after the attack. Montgomery and Prince George’s County officers stopped the car and identified multiple people who were inside. Police said Jones was driving and was determined to be the suspect in the carjacking.

Jones was arrested and charged with one count each of armed carjacking, first-degree assault and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 12, according to state court records. Attorney information was not listed on Thursday.

There have been three carjackings in January in the county, police spokeswoman Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti wrote in an email on Wednesday. There were nine in December, six in November and four in October.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com