- The Washington Times - Monday, January 6, 2003

D.C. police arrested five men yesterday who may be tied to four carjackings that occurred Saturday and Sunday, including the theft at gunpoint of a sport utility vehicle from two off-duty police officers.
Metropolitan Police Department officials would not confirm that those in custody were involved in the carjackings, all of which occurred in the 4th District in Northwest.
Police said all four incidents, however, apparently were related.
All the victims reported two attackers, at least one armed with a handgun or shotgun. The descriptions of the carjackers matched in each case: two black men from 17 to 21 years old. And in three of the four attacks, the carjackers used a car to block in the target vehicle.
"It's still unfolding," Lt. Jude Waddy said yesterday evening when asked whether police had connected the arrested men to the incidents.
He said there may be as many as five persons involved in the attacks, though the victims said they observed only two men.
The crime spree began at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, when two men in a blue Chevrolet Impala blocked in a Ford Excursion in the 600 block of Upshur Street.
The sport utility vehicle was being driven by an off-duty male Montgomery County police officer and the passenger was a off-duty female D.C. police officer.
One of the assailants held a shotgun on the couple and forced them from the vehicle. The attackers made off with the SUV, a gold Excursion.
The Montgomery County officer's badge and the D.C. officer's .38-caliber revolver were in the stolen SUV.
At about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, the carjackers used two cars to block in a Yellow Cab in the 200 block of Varnum Street. Two men approached and one brandished a handgun to force the driver from the taxi, a Chevrolet Caprice. The car reportedly was recovered by police.
The carjackers struck again just before 5:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Upshur Street, taking a silver 2000 Ford Expedition from an elderly man. He had left the engine running and was standing outside the car when two men approached, one with a handgun, and they took the vehicle. The victim was not injured, police said.
At about 7 a.m. in the 3400 block of Holmead Place, carjackers took a white Lincoln Town Car from another elderly man. The attackers blocked in the Lincoln before two men, one with a handgun, forced the driver out.
Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call D.C. Police at 800/673-2777.

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