Police say they’ve arrested 27-year-old Byron Govan from the 10000 block of Wamsley Court in White Plains, Md., in an armed carjacking near Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Govan led police to downtown Silver Spring where he abandoned the car and escaped pursuit on foot.
He was arrested on Nov. 2, according to court records, and eventually charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unauthorized removal of property, theft of $10,000 to under $100,000, carjacking and robbery.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7.
The crime report reads, “An armed carjacking occurred in the 11200 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville on Wednesday, 10/31 at approximately 2:10 p.m. The suspect displayed a weapon and obtained the victim’s vehicle.”
Police are also looking for a man they say attempted to rob someone in broad daylight in busy Bethesda Row on Thursday, Nov. 1:
An attempted robbery occurred in the 4800 block of Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda on Thursday, 11/1 at 1:50 p.m. The suspect unsuccessfully attempted to forcefully remove property from the victim.
Suspect: B/M, 23-28, 6’, 180-190 lbs, black cornrows, wearing a blue work uniform.
The rest of the most recent Bethesda-area crime summary after the jump.
An aggravated assault occurred in the 11400 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville on Wednesday, 10/31 between 2:10 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. The suspect is known to the victim.
On Wednesday, 10/31 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A purse was taken from a vehicle parked near North Park Avenue and Willard Avenue.
A residential burglary occurred in the 5300 block of Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda on Thursday, 11/1 between 1:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Entry was gained into the residence via unknown means. Property was removed.
A commercial burglary occurred in the 11200 block of Rockville Pike, Rockville on Thursday, 11/1 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Unknown entry; property taken.
A commercial burglary occurred in the 5500 block of Security Lane, North Bethesda sometime between the afternoon of Thursday, 11/1 and the morning of Friday, 11/2. Unknown entry; property taken.
A commercial burglary occurred at Verizon, 11301 Rockville Pike, Rockville overnight from Thursday, 11/1 to Friday, 11/2. Forced entry; property taken.
A commercial burglary occurred in the 5500 block of Friendship Boulevard, Friendship Village sometime between the afternoon of Thursday, 11/1 and the morning of Friday, 11/2. Forced entry; property taken.
A residential burglary occurred in the 3900 block of Franklin Street, Kensington sometime on Friday, 11/2 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Forced entry; property taken.
Overnight from Saturday, 11/3 to Sunday, 11/4. Two vehicles in the 4700 block of Merivale Road, Bethesda were entered; a backpack was taken from one, nothing was taken from the other.
A pick pocketing incident occurred in the 4400 block of Willard Avenue, Friendship Village on Sunday, 11/4. The elderly male victim was shopping at Whole Foods when the referenced suspect ‘bumped’ into him. The victim discovered his wallet missing.
Three residential burglaries occurred in the 10300 block of Strathmore Hall Street, North Bethesda on Monday, 11/5 between 7:20 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. In all three cases, entry was forced. Property was taken in two of the incidents; nothing taken in the third.
A residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of University Boulevard West, Silver Spring sometime between the morning of Monday, 11/5 and the afternoon of Tuesday, 11/6. Unforced entry; property removed.