Police make arrest in Wheaton carjackings

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Montgomery County police have arrested a Landover man in connection with the carjacking and abduction of three older men in separate incidents within a week in Wheaton.

Police said they obtained a warrant Tuesday for Henry Levi Sanders, 50, of the 3500 block of Brightseat Road. He is charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and robbery.

Police say Mr. Sanders used a sharp object, possibly a box cutter, to threaten each of the three men he abducted. In each instance, men in their 60s and 70s were carjacked in the middle of the afternoon from Wheaton store parking lots, driven to various locations as the suspect attempted to withdraw money from the victims’ bank accounts and eventually set free with their vehicles near Metro stations.

In two incidents, the victims were not injured, but in a third incident, on Sunday, police said the suspect cut a 77-year-old man and beat him about the head.

In the Sunday incident, the man was abducted around 2 p.m. outside the Target store at the Westfield Wheaton shopping mall. The attacker approached the victim with a sharp object in hand and forced him into his own vehicle. He drove the victim to several locations, possibly trying to withdraw money from the man’s bank account, police said.

The elderly man was later found in his car in another mall parking lot in Hyattsville. He had serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The two other carjackings occurred Wednesday and Saturday in the parking lot of a Giant Food supermarket located in Wheaton near the Target store.

The Wednesday carjacking occurred around 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the grocery store, located at 2900 University Blvd. The 75-year-old victim was eventually released near a Metro station and he drove home to call police, officials said.

A 60-year-old man was the victim of Saturday’s carjacking at the Giant. The man was loading groceries in his vehicle when the suspect approached him with a sharp object and forced him into the passenger seat of his vehicle. The man drove to an ATM in Montgomery County and withdrew money from the victim’s bank account.

Less than an hour later, the attacker left the vehicle and the victim at a BP gas station in the 7000 block of Blair Road in Northwest Washington and fled toward the nearby Takoma Metro Station.

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