Police continue search for carjacker after five-car crash
Man allegedly drove 40 miles to Oxon Hill with woman still in vehicle
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Police in Virginia and Prince George's County continue to search for a man responsible for a five-car crash Sept. 17 in Oxon Hill, after the man apparently carjacked a vehicle in northern Virginia and sent authorities on a 40-mile car chase into Prince George's.
The accident happened at the intersection of St. Barnabas Road and Virginia Lane after 9 p.m. near the entrance of Oxon Hill Village apartments. According to police, the driver of the vehicle had lost control and crashed the vehicle, eventually causing a five-car backup that involved a Virginia state trooper. All parties involved suffered minor injuries, according to Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department.
According to Virginia police, a woman was approached shortly before 9 p.m. by a man armed with a handgun as she was walking to her 2009 Dodge Journey. She said the man forced his way into the car outside of a Target store along the 13300 block of Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville, Va.
With the woman still inside the vehicle, the man drove off, and a Virginia state trooper began pursuing the vehicle along Interstate 495. The suspect eventually crossed the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Oxon Hill. He lost control of the vehicle, striking a concrete median, and crashed on St. Barnabas Road and fled the scene, Rodriguez said.
"The suspect who carjacked the car bailed," he said.
The woman who was carjacked was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Virginia police said.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.
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