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Police Investigate Armed Carjacking at Church (PHOTO)

police carMontgomery County police officers are investigating an armed carjacking that occurred Thursday night at the Episcopal Church of our Savior in Hillandale.

Police said on April 14 at approximately 9:10 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to 1700 Powder Mill Road for the report of an armed carjacking.

According to police, the investigation indicates that the 76-year-old victim had exited the church to the parking lot following choir practice when she noted an unknown male walking in the parking lot. Police said the victim entered her vehicle and started her car. According to police, the unknown suspect approached the vehicle and opened the driver’s side door. Police said the suspect demanded money and shoved an object into her stomach, implying he had a weapon. The victim told the suspect that she did not have any money, according to a police account.

Police said the suspect then grabbed the victim’s arm, pulled her from the vehicle, and threw her to the ground. The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle.

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This picture is similar to the victim’s 2008 Limited Edition, metallic grey, Toyota Highlander with Maryland tag: 00014M9. There is a scratch on the driver’s side of the rear bumper.

Captain Paul Starks described the vehicle as a 2008 metallic gray Toyota Highlander.

The victim suffered minor injuries, police said, and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

“This is a serious crime,” said Starks.

The suspect is described by police as a black male in his 30’s, approximately 5’6” to 5’08’ tall, and weighing between 150 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark shirt and khaki pants, according to the police description.

“There’s a cash reward for anyone with information. We want to get him off the streets,” Starks said.

Anyone who has information about this carjacking and/ or the suspect is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240.773.TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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