Police in Montgomery County say there has been an arrest in connection with three carjackings and kidnappings in Wheaton over the past weekend. Henry Levi Sanders, 50, of Landover, Md., was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of armed carjacking and three counts of kidnapping, according to police.
Sanders was already out on bond, accused in other robberies, when he was arrested.
Assistant Police Chief Russell Hammill says that Sanders targetted elderly men outside the Westfield shopping center, forcing them to withdraw money from ATMs at knifepoint.
The first two men abducted were not harmed, but Sanders drew a charge of first-degree assault for the violent beating of one of the men, who police say is making progress.
Authorities had been searching for a man suspected of kidnapping and carjacking three elderly men during the long Thanksgiving weekend -- two men in their 70s, and one 60-year-old man. The incidents occurred at the Westfield Wheaton shopping center, in the parking lots of the Target and Giant stores. Police released surveillance video of the man they believed to be the suspect, which Hammill says prompted tips that led them to Sanders.
A fourth carjacking in the area, which occurred early Monday morning at a nearby Burger King, has not been connected to the other three.