LARGO – The Prince George's County teenagers are now in jail after two separate incidents of carjackings and an alleged robbery in Largo.
Detectives arrested 17-year-old Malik Samuels of the 1100 block of Falconett Court in Upper Marlboro and 17-year-old Robert Walker of the 9200 block of Edmonston Road in Greenbelt after allegedly robbing and shooting a cab driver just after 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 in the 9000 block of Ballard Lane in Clinton.
The cab driver was transported to the hospital in critical condition after being shot multiple times according to police reports.Two hours later, both teenagers were linked to separate carjacking charges of a cab driver in Largo. In this case, the cab driver arrived at Woodlawn Boulevard and Torrington Place to pick up a customer.That’s when one of the suspects got into the cab and demanded money and the cab. The suspects got away with the vehicle.
"We were able to identify the two teenagers very quickly," said Lt. Patrick Hampson of the Prince George's County Police Department.
They were arrested and charged with attempted murder and related charges. Both are charged as adults and are in the custody of the Department of Corrections.In a separate string of crimes, three other teenagers were arrested for robbing three cab drivers from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22 in Prince George's County.
Detectives arrested 19-year-old Jose Ponce-Coreas, 16-year-old Demonte Johnson, and 18-year-old Christian Tejada, all from Beltsville.In each of these cases, at least one of the suspects posed as a customer and robbed a cab driver of their money.
"In less than 24 hours of their last robbery on Jan. 22, detectives were able to identify and arrest the three teenagers," said Jennifer Donelan, Spokesperson for the Prince George's County Police Department. "They may think they had an easy target when they go after cash, but we are now sending a message. These are not easy targets, and you will go to jail," said Donelan.
The suspects have admitted their involvements in these cases and were charged as adults. They currently are in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
"The cab companies involved were extremely helpful, and we were in constant communication with them and, in fact, at one point they were suspicious that they were being lured to another robbery," Hampson said. "They contacted us, and we were able to intervene in that situation."