Md. man accused of carjacking, assault, wild Fairfax Co. police chase awaits court

WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County, Maryland man is not only accused of carjacking but also of leading police on a wild car chase in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brandon Vinson of Adelphi, Maryland, is out of the hospital and in jail awaiting his court appearance, which was initially scheduled for Wednesday morning. Officials decided to forgo that appearance.

A preliminary hearing has instead been scheduled for March 13.

Police say Vinson is responsible for a serious crash that sent six people — one woman and five kids — to the hospital .

Five of those patients have been released. One child remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Vinson is charged with carjacking, eluding police, assaulting two police officers and receiving stolen property. Sources tell WTOP that more charges are expected.

Last Wednesday around 7:45 p.m., police say he randomly knocked on the door of a home in Centreville, Virginia, and hit the kid who answered it. They say he took off in a car that had been carjacked a few hours earlier in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Police say he struck a pickup truck at the intersection of Lee Highway and Stone Road and then took the truck from its driver. Officers who were responding to the accident saw Vinson leaving the scene and tried to make a traffic stop but Vinson took off.

A short while later, police say the suspect ran a red light near Dulles Airport where he slammed into a minivan that was carrying a woman and five kids. One child was ejected from the minivan and remains hospitalized.

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