Lexington Park Man Charged in Attempted Car Jacking

By Andrea Shiell, County Times

HOLLYWOOD, Md. (Aug. 7, 2008)—On August 4, deputies responded to the Lexington Park Library for a report of a fight, but what was first reported as a fight ended up being an attempted robbery. Deputies learned that the alleged victim was walking to his car, which was parked in the library parking lot, when a black male grabbed him in a choke hold from behind and demanded the keys to the victim’s 1994 Dodge pick up truck.

The suspect reached into the victim’s pockets and began searching for the keys while still demanding them from the victim, and as a result of the suspect yelling, attention was drawn to the scene.

Arresting Deputy J. Kirkner reported that he spoke to two witnesses who claimed that the suspect was choking his victim while demanding his car keys. Bystanders then began yelling for the suspect to let the man go, at which point the suspect fled in the direction of Missouri Avenue in Lexington Park.

A short time later, a man matching the suspect’s description was detained in the area of Roger’s Drive, which is approximately 300 yards from Missouri Avenue and the site of the attempted robbery.

The suspect, 18 year-old Joseph Lee Woolfolk of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with attempted car jacking, which could result in 30 years in prison, second degree assault, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and attempted robbery, which could result in a 15 year sentence. Woolfolk was also charged with the attempted unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

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