Police in Ocean City, Maryland, are investigating an armed carjacking that took place early Friday morning that led to the arrest of four teenagers and a 12-year-old boy, all from Baltimore.
Police responded to reports of a vehicle hijacked in downtown Ocean City, located on the southern tip of the barrier island.
While on their way to the search, police said, officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery involving a handgun.
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When deputies arrived, they located a 73-year-old man from Brandywine, Maryland, who was the victim. The man, police said, suffered a head injury and was taken to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland.
The victim told police that he was standing near his vehicle when three men approached him. One of the men, police said, pointed a gun at the victim, demanded items from him and hit him in the back of the head with a handgun before stealing the vehicle and driving away.
Officers saw the stolen vehicle at a convenience store a few blocks away and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver of the vehicle drove off with two other vehicles and left the resort town.
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After crossing an out-of-town bridge, police successfully deployed stop sticks to one of the vehicles that eventually came to a stop in West Ocean City.
The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Jaquawn Lashawn Daney, left on foot, police said, until Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputies eventually located him and turned him over to Ocean City Police. Daney, police added, was driving an unreported stolen vehicle out of Ocean City.
Ocean City police did not pursue the other two vehicles that fled the complex, but other law enforcement agencies did.
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The vehicle that was stolen was eventually pulled over by Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the 15-year-old driving it, identified as Juvenile Number 1, was arrested.
The third vehicle, police said, crashed in Dorchester County and caught fire. The three minors inside the vehicle fled on foot and were eventually found and arrested.
An investigation by OCPD found that several vehicles in downtown Ocean City were broken into and the culprits stole a handgun from one of the vehicles.
One of the minors in the third vehicle, identified as minor #2, age 17, was in possession of the reported stolen firearm, according to police.
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Daney, police said, was charged with armed robbery, robbery, auto theft, theft of property valued between $25,000 and $100,000, reckless endangerment, first-degree and second-degree assault, and two counts of unlawful theft of a motor vehicle. . He was seen by a Maryland District Court commissioner and held without bail.
Juvenile 1 was in custody in Wicomico County for crimes committed there and charges are pending for crimes committed in Ocean City.
Juvenile 2, police said, was waived to adult status and charged with armed robbery, robbery, carjacking, theft of property valued between $25,000 and $100,000, reckless endangerment, first and second degree assault, possession of a gun in a vehicle, possession of a firearm and ammunition as a minor, and possession of a stolen firearm. He was seen by a judge and held without bail.
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Juveniles #3 and #4, identified as 14 and 12 years old respectively, were taken into custody in Dorchester County and released to their parents by police.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing.