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Two teens accused of armed carjackings in Silver Spring, Takoma Park

Police say that in each case, a suspect pointed a gun with a laser at victims

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Two teenage boys have been charged with two armed carjackings that happened in Silver Spring and Takoma Park one night last month, according to Montgomery County police.

The boys are 15 and 16 years old, police said in a press release on Wednesday.

Around midnight on Aug. 27, two adults told police that they were walking to their car in the 800 block of Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring when three robbers approached them, police said. One robber pointed a gun with a red laser. The three robbers demanded the car key and drove away in the stolen car, police said.

About an hour later, a male told officers that someone who had a gun with a red laser pointed it at his head in the 7700 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park. The robber demanded the car key and property from the victim, police said. The robber and a second person then drove away in the stolen car.

Then, an hour later, at about 2 a.m., another law enforcement agency contacted Montgomery County police about an armed robbery. The robbers showed up in the two vehicles stolen in the Montgomery County carjackings, police said.

Police said one of the stolen vehicles was found in Silver Spring on Aug. 30, with a 16-year-old boy inside. A handgun that victims described from the carjackings was found at the scene, police said.

The 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old were arrested and charged with both Montgomery County carjackings. Bethesda Beat generally doesn’t name juveniles charged with crimes.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

The carjackings last month are the latest in a series that have occurred throughout Montgomery County and the greater Washington region. The county is part of a regional task force several law enforcement agencies formed in May to address the rise in carjackings since last year.

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