Wheaton Shoppers Still Nervous At Westfield Mall | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Wheaton Shoppers Still Nervous At Westfield Mall

Play associated audio
The day after police made an arrest in connection with several attacks at and around the Westfield Wheaton Mall, shoppers say they are still apprehensive in the shopping center's parking lot.
NBC Washington
The day after police made an arrest in connection with several attacks at and around the Westfield Wheaton Mall, shoppers say they are still apprehensive in the shopping center's parking lot.

Shoppers may breathe a little easier at the Westfield Shopping Center in Wheaton after authorities made an arrest in connection with three kidnappings and carjackings that occurred there in the past week. But some shoppers there say they're still nervous around the mall's parking lot.

Henry Sanders, 50, of Landover, Md. was arrested Tuesday in connection with the attacks on three senior citizens that happened over Thanksgiving weekend. In total, Sanders is facing charges connected to five crimes over 10 days, according to a Washington Post report. Sanders has a long criminal record, and allegedly committed the most recent robberies while out on bond for a robbery earlier this month.

Although police have made an arrest, some shoppers at the Wheaton Westfield mall say they still don’t feel safe.

"[I] would never come here at night," says Joan Sligh, who's walking to her car in the mall's parking lot Tuesday. She was shocked to learn that the suspect targeted the elderly.  

"It's sad because you think it must be people that are very desperate," she says. "Not that I feel for them, but it's just sad that the community comes to that, to target those that are the weakest."

Elizabeth Boyle shops at the center about twice a week.

"A number of years ago there was a shooting at this mall during the Christmas season. And so I’ve always wondered if they just need to up security?," says Boyle.

In a press conference announcing the arrest Wednesday, Montgomery County police said it's too early in the investigation to tell if similar instances of carjackings can be connected to Sanders. They warn the public to stay vigilant when shopping this holiday season.

NPR

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.
NPR

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.
NPR

Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline

A Pew report found the number of full-time newspaper reporters covering state politics fell dramatically in the last decade, raising questions about their ability to closely monitor politicians.
NPR

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.