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Local man arrested for carjacking

A local man was arrested for a carjacking that occurred December 7 at a New Carrollton Metrorail station. According to arrest records, the man approached a women who was taking a child out of her car around 5:30 a.m. The man showed her a handgun and instructed her to leave her purse in the car and take the child. The man then stole the vehicle from the parking garage.

The Metro Transit Police obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect last week and released his name to the public, whereupon the man surrendered to police. The 20-year-old is being held in Washington, D.C. and is charged with armed carjacking, carjacking, armed robbery, robbery, theft and first-degree assault. There is no word yet on his position or criminal defense.

Turning oneself in to police does not mean you are guilty of the alleged crimes. Rather, it is a responsible action that can pay dividends during the prosecution of the case. Local Upper Marlboro attorneys know the value of these and similar actions that can reduce penalties and help keep a suspect out of jail.

If you or your child have been charged with a crime, it is highly recommended that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. These skilled professionals can evaluate your case, set an aggressive strategy and guide you every step of the way. From moving to dismiss charges to entering into constructive plea negotiations, having the help of a local attorney has proved invaluable in reducing criminal penalties.

Source: Upper Marlboro Patch, "Police: Suspect Arrested After Armed Carjacking from Mother and Child," Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, December 23, 2014

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