Greenbelt police to increase presence at Metro station after carjacking

Editor’s Note: This corrects an earlier version of the story to indicate there was only one carjacking near the Greenbelt Metro Station. Sunday’s carjacking occurred in a nearby neighborhood. It also corrects the time that Sunday’s carjacking occurred.

Police are still looking for the suspects in a pair of recent carjackings in Greenbelt — one of which was reported outside the Greenbelt Metro Station.

Both times, it was a Toyota Prius that was stolen at gunpoint. But according to police, early indications are that the two carjackings are not related and were committed by different suspects.

The first crime happened early Sunday afternoon. Greenbelt Police said three people stole a Prius at gunpoint about 40 minutes after a shooting was reported at an apartment complex about a mile and a half away. It’s believed the three carjackers were also involved in that shooting, which left a man in critical condition. At this point, his condition has stabilized.

Then, on Monday night, another man was carjacked — and also shot — this time at the Metro station. His injuries aren’t believed to be life threatening.

“Two Priuses, not related,” said Hannah Glasgow, a spokeswoman for Greenbelt police. “At this time, we don’t believe that those incidents from Sunday and Monday are linked.”

Metro Transit Police are the primary investigators of crimes that occur on WMATA property, and a WMATA spokesperson said that the force “adjusts patrols and resources accordingly based on any trends observed.”

Commuters at the station can expect to see more Greenbelt police officers around the area, too. “We are regularly patrolling,” said Glasgow, who also noted overtime is being utilized to increase their presence there.

“We’ll bring in another shift a little early to help saturate the area,” she said.

“Since we’re seeing a trend, officers will be in that area a little bit more, definitely looking, since we know that it’s happening.”

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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