Teens’ Carjacking Crime Rate hikes in the DMV

Two 14-year-old boys were arrested for armed carjacking of a rideshare driver in Temple Hills, Maryland last Saturday around 12:20 p.m., December 10. According to the Prince George’s County police, The rideshare driver called 911 and reported the incident. Investigators say that the victim (the driver) picked up the two boys, and as soon as they hopped into the car, pulled a gun on her. She complied with them and left the car without injury.

Officers responded to the scene and were able to locate the carjacked car in the 5300 block of Temple Hills Road and attempted to stop the vehicle when the two boys lost control of the car and crashed. Two boys attempted to run away on foot, but they were caught by officers. Officers found the handgun and identified that it was a BB gun. The two boys are in custody and were committed to a juvenile detention center.

In the DC Metro, car theft saw an 8% increase from 2020 (3,262) to 2021(3,515). The trend doesn’t seem like it will decrease in 2022.

Recently, Teens are getting arrested for carjacking crimes nationwide, and certain cars are their targets. According to Commercial appeal.com, Kia and Hyundai are the most favorite cars by teen carjackers in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2022, 7,500 cars were stolen by teen carjackers so far. Kia (1,568) and Hyundai (1,607) have been carjacked. Infiniti also had 1,031 cars stolen.

Hyundai and Kia are developing security software systems and plan to offer them as an option when you purchase your cars in 2023 in the Memphis region.


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