Teen carjackers foiled by manual transmission
GERMANTOWN, MD. (KAKE) - Two teenagers couldn't make the getaway after carjacking someone because they didn't know how to drive stick.
Police say a 16-year-old from Rockville and a 17-year-old from Washington, D.C. were arrested and charged for a strong-arm carjacking that happened in Germantown, Maryland on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
At around 4:36 p.m. on March 25 police responded to the Sunoco gas station in the 19200 block of Frederick Road for a report of a carjacking that just occurred.
An investigation determined that a man finished pumping his gas and attempted to enter his car when he saw 2 teenagers running toward him. The teens forced the door open, grabbed ahold of the victim, and demanded his keys.
The man complied with the teen's demands. They entered the man’s car and attempted to drive away, but because they couldn't drive a manual transmission, they exited the car and left the scene.
At around 5 p.m., officers found the juveniles in the 19000 block of Frederick Road. When officers attempted to arrest them, a chase ensued but they were quickly apprehended.
Both juveniles were arrested and charged as adults, with one count of carjacking and one count of conspiracy carjacking. They are currently being held without bond.