Two males approached man in Rockville, took his vehicle at gunpoint

Two males approached man in Rockville, took his vehicle at gunpoint

Police arrested a man, but determined he wasn’t involved in carjacking

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Two males approached a man in the parking lot of an apartment building in the Rockville area Wednesday night and took his vehicle at gunpoint, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman said.

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman, told Bethesda Beat on Thursday that the two males — whose ages she didn’t know — approached the man in a parking lot in the 12600 block of Veirs Mill Road.

“The victim attempted to run to his vehicle when these two males [came up to him] and one presented a handgun,” she said.

Innocenti said the victim’s vehicle was running when he was confronted. The males got in the vehicle and drove off.

A witness saw some of the interaction between the males and the victim, Innocenti said.

Police wrote on Twitter earlier Thursday that they got a call for the carjacking around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Innocenti said that at 8:46 p.m., a Rockville police officer spotted the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike. By then, she said, the two males who had stolen the vehicle were in the vehicle, as well as a man.

The three people inside the vehicle eventually fled on foot in the area of North Van Buren Street and West Middle Lane, near the downtown area. Of the three, the man was arrested by county police. But he later was released without charges.

“He was determined not to be present at the scene of the carjacking. So he was not involved with the carjacking of the vehicle,” she said.

Innocenti said police are looking for the two males who they think stole the vehicle.

Police said they were last seen in the area of North Van Buren Street, Upton Street and Beall Avenue. One has braided hair and was wearing a red shirt. The other was wearing a black sweatshirt, police said.

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

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