Car­jack­ing leads to po­lice chase, ar­rests

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE DIS­TRICT BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

Three peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter an armed car­jack­ing in the heart of down­town Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day night touched off a chase through the city, ac­cord­ing to D.C. po­lice.

The in­ci­dent be­gan about 10:45 p.m. in the 700 block of 11th Street NW, when a rob­ber got into the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle, showed a gun and took prop­erty and the ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

The site is about two blocks north­east of the Metro Cen­ter sub­way stop.

Within about five min­utes, po­lice said, the stolen ve­hi­cle was spot­ted. It went south through the 9th Street Tun­nel, then onto the South­east-South­west Free­way and then onto the Ana­cos­tia Free­way. The chase con­tin­ued onto the Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton Park­way, where the ve­hi­cle struck a re­tain­ing wall, po­lice said.

Po­lice said two peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle were ar­rested. They said that the driver ran into the woods but that an ar­rest was quickly made.

On a path in the woods, a po­lice dog found what ap­peared to be the gun used in the car­jack­ing, po­lice said. They said it was a BB gun that looked like a real firearm.

Po­lice said that such chases are used only for the most se­ri­ous crimes.

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