- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 9, 2005

Montgomery County police arrested a D.C. man who they say carjacked at gunpoint a woman at a parking garage in Wheaton, hit her with the car, and smashed three other vehicles after a police chase.

County police officials said yesterday they were seeking to extradite Thomas Speaggins, 24, who was at Howard University Hospital in Northwest undergoing treatment for his injuries. Officials said charges against Mr. Speaggins will be listed when police obtain a warrant for extradition.

Police said Mr. Speaggins carjacked a woman at gunpoint as she was getting into her Toyota Camry about 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the Westfield Shoppingtown parking garage next to Wheaton Plaza.

The woman told police that the man tried to force her from the car and that she resisted until he displayed a gun.

As the suspect was fleeing the four-level parking garage in the woman’s car, he struck her. The woman suffered minor injuries.

The suspect drove onto Veirs Mill Road. Police then issued an alert for the stolen Camry.

Several minutes later, county Police Sgt. Paul Liquorie spotted the car at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring. The Toyota sped south on Georgia Avenue with Sgt. Liquorie leading the pursuit.

Officers chased the suspect into the District where, police said, he sideswiped two parked cars and smashed into a taxi cab at the Shepherd Street intersection in Northwest. The taxi driver and two passengers were injured, said Gloria Jackson, a county communications officer.

Police said Mr. Speaggins got out of the Toyota but was quickly apprehended by Sgt. Liquorie.

The suspect possessed a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a controlled dangerous substance, police said.

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