Police Arrest Oxon Hill Man for Shoplifting After Friday Police Chase

Montgomery County Police have arrested and charged an Oxon Hill man on Friday for assaulting officers, committing several thefts, fleeing the scene using a stolen vehicle, and ramming police vehicles.

The incident occurred  Friday at around 1:27 p.m., police say. Wheaton district police officers were dispatched to a Kmart at 14014 Connecticut Ave. for reports that a shoplifter stole items and fled using a Chevrolet Express van.

Police say, “A lookout was broadcast for the suspect and the Chevrolet Express van. A records check of the van came back as reported stolen out of Washington, DC.”

After the incident at Kmart, police say they soon received calls reporting shoplifting that occurred at the CVS located at 12359 Georgia Ave. The description of the person involved in the incident matched the description of the person who stole the Chevrolet van.

Police say at 1:59 p.m., plainclothes officers assigned to the Wheaton police district’s Special Assignment Team spotted the van driving southbound on Georgia Avenue. The driver matched the description of the person involved in the two earlier incidents, police say.

Once the vehicle was stopped at a red light on southbound Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road, the officers tried stopping the van and arresting the suspect. However, police say the driver ignored the officer’s commands and rammed the van into two police vehicles driven by responding officers.

As the stolen van proceeded to drive through the intersection, police say it struck a Volkswagon GTI, but continued heading southbound on Georgia Avenue. More officers came to the scene, responding to help the Volkswagon driver, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services also joined the scene to treat the driver for minor injuries.

According to police, “The stolen van then proceeded onto the 495 exit ramp going the wrong way then proceeded on eastbound 495 heading towards Prince George’s County.”

Police say as the stolen van was driving on the right shoulder, the driver eventually lost control of the vehicle after hitting a large area of standing water. The water caused the vehicle to swerve into the main lanes of 495, causing the van to strike a Tesla X prior to University Boulevard East.

When the driver of the stolen vehicle exited the vehicle and flee, police caught the man and arrested him. Police say the Tesla driver and a passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Since the arrest, police have identified the driver of the stolen van as 48-year-old Alfred J. Reeves of Oxon Hill.

Court records show that Reeves faces 11 charges, including two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft, larceny, destruction of property, false statements to a police officer and multiple traffic violations. He will be tried in the Montgomery County District Court.

  • Alfred Reeves (Photo: MCPD)

 

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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