Two teens arrested in Thanksgiving Day armed carjacking in Mount Rainier -- Gazette.Net



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Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputies arrested two teenagers suspected in a Thanksgiving Day armed carjacking in Mount Rainier.

Francis Xavier Holmes, 18, of the 2900 block of Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier and James Warren Gross , 18, of the 6000 block of Seat Pleasant Drive in Capitol Heights were arrested Thursday at Holmes’ residence by sheriff’s deputies after Prince George’s police put out a warrant for their arrest.

On Nov. 22, sheriff’s deputies said Holmes and Gross approached a male victim after he parked his vehicle in the 3200 block of Taylor Street in Mount Rainier. When the male exited his vehicle, one of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him, demanding his wallet, cell phone and keys to his vehicle, according to sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s deputies said the victim complied and got his daughter out of the vehicle before the suspects drove off.

The victim was able to identify the suspects during a police investigation, leading to their arrest, the sheriff’s department said.

Both suspects are charged with armed carjacking, carjacking, first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony, felony theft and illegal possession of a firearm.

According to online Prince George’s County district court records, both suspects are being held in the county’s Department of Corrections awaiting a Dec. 26 preliminary hearing.

Defense attorneys were not listed with the courts for either suspect this afternoon, according to online court records.

Residence phone numbers for Holmes and Gross could not be located.

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