Montgomery County robbery detectives arrested a man from White Plains on Nov. 2, charging him with two separate carjackings in Rockville and Bethesda on Sept. 27 and Oct. 31, respectively.
Byron Deshane Govan, 27, of the 10000 block of Wamsley Court, faces a total of six charges for the two Montgomery County crimes, which range from first-degree assault and armed carjacking to theft over $10,000 and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to an online search of court records Wednesday. So far Govan is being charged separately for each of the two carjackings, said Officer Britta Thomas, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.
“In the incident on the 27th of September he was involved in the carjacking of an adult female victim at 110 Congressional Lane in Rockville [and] the other round of charges are from Oct. 31 in the 11200 Rockville Pike across from the White Flint Mall,” Thomas said.
The Sept. 27 incident took place at 9:57 p.m. when the 69-year-old female victim left her 2012 Toyota Prius unlocked in a parking lot as she walked up to make a transaction at a nearby bank, Thomas said.
“She was walking into the bank and happened to look over her shoulder to notice the defendant, at the time the suspect, sitting in her car,” Thomas said. “She yelled at him and he implied that he had a weapon.”
Govan was able to start the woman’s car after finding a keyless ignition fob in her purse, which she had left in the car. He fled the scene in the Prius, Thomas added. In this incident, Govan was charged with one count each of the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unlawful removal of property, theft over $10,000, carjacking and robbery, according to online records. His bond was set at $250,000 on Nov. 14, the records state.
In the Oct. 31 incident at 2:15 p.m., Bethesda district police responded to the carjacking of a couple that took place across from the White Flint Mall, Thomas said. Police obtained a description of the vehicle, a black Lincoln Aviator, and quickly located the SUV driving toward Silver Spring on I-495, Thomas said.
“They attempted a stop; a brief pursuit occurred along 495 into downtown Silver Spring where the suspect ditched the vehicle and fled on foot,” Thomas said, adding that several units, including K-9 dogs, were dispatched to find the culprit. “[But] they were not able to do so.”
Govan is facing two counts each of armed robbery and first-degree assault, as well as one count each of armed carjacking and the use of a firearm in a violent crime for the Oct. 31 incident, court records state. His bond in that case was set at $400,000 on Nov. 4, according to the records.
No attorney was listed for Govan in either of his cases. He remained in jail on both bonds as of Wednesday afternoon.
Thomas was not able to clarify what exactly led officers to identify Govan as the suspect behind the Oct. 31 carjacking, nor was she able to confirm how detectives linked him to the Sept. 27 crime, but a search warrant conducted on Govan’s home did turn up evidence linking him to the Oct. 31 incident.
Furthermore, detectives are also speaking with their counterparts in Alexandria, Va., to determine if Govan will also face charges for an Oct. 11 armed robbery in that jurisdiction, Thomas said.
The Prius Govan is accused of making off with in the Sept. 27 carjacking was believed to be the getaway vehicle in the armed robbery of a Dunkin’ Donuts at 4653 Duke Street in Alexandria Oct. 11, according to police. The Prius was recovered in Montgomery County on Oct. 13, police said.
“I know that detectives have been talking with other detectives in Virginia but I can’t say what if anything has come out of that at this point,” Thomas said.