On Aug. 27 at 3:42 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to Randy's Ribs at 7732 Leonardtown Road in Hughesville for the report of an armed carjacking. Investigation revealed a man exited a Dodge pickup truck and approached the occupants of a GMC truck that was towing a trailer with two ATVs. The man forced the occupants of the GMC truck out of the vehicle at gunpoint. He fled the scene in the vehicle and the Dodge pickup truck followed.
The Sheriff's Office dispatched a lookout for the trucks, which officers located shortly thereafter traveling on Mattawoman Beantown Road near Leonardtown Road. Officers attempted to stop the trucks, but both drivers refused to stop . Officers deployed stop sticks, which the GMC struck. Both trucks continued to flee into Prince George's County. The Dodge pickup truck crossed the median onto the northbound shoulder of Route 5 near Moores Road and its two occupants fled on foot. Officers ended their pursuit of the GMC and quickly apprehended the driver of the Dodge, William Rashad Kemper, 20, of southeast Washington, D.C., who was found hiding in the back of a dump truck nearby. Officers did not locate the passenger of the Dodge and he has not been identified.
The GMC fled into Southeast Washington, D.C., where it crashed and became disabled. The driver, Timothy Veldon Jackson, 19, of Southeast Washington, D.C., fled on foot in the area of 46th and G streets, near his residence. Two DC police officers who were in the area apprehended him. He was found to be in possession of the handgun used in the carjacking. He was charged several crimes in Washington, D.C. and is being held in the DC jail. He will be charged in Charles County at a later date.
Kemper was charged with armed carjacking, armed robbery, first degree assault, use of handgun in commission of a violent crime, motor vehicle theft and theft more than $500. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.
During the pursuit of the trucks, one of the ATVs became unsecured. As the truck was dragging the ATV on the pavement, gasoline from the ATVs spilled and a fire ignited, destroying the ATV as it fell off the trailer. Both trucks and the other ATV were recovered.
The victims of the carjacking, a Waldorf man and a La Plata man, were not injured.
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