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A Silver Spring teenager has been charged with assaulting an 84-year-old man on Monday and stealing his Lincoln Town Car.

Jamall H. Thorton, 18, of the 3300 block of Hewitt Avenue, faces 11 counts of carjacking, robbery, motor vehicle theft, assault, and other charges.

Montgomery County Police said in a news release that they learned at about 3 p.m. on Monday of a carjacking that had just taken place in a parking garage in the 8500 block of 16th Street in Silver Spring.

The assault took place just as the 84-year-old Silver Spring man, who police did not identify, was getting out of his car. Two people approached the man, pinned him to the car and took his keys by force, according to the police statement.

Surrounding jurisdictions were alerted of the crime.

Just before 10 p.m., officers in Aspen Hill spotted the Town Car on Bel Pre Road. When police tried to stop the car, the driver — later identified as Thorton — ran away on foot, according to police.

At around midnight, police found and arrested Thornton near Connecticut and Georgia avenues.

He has been charged with carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, motor vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft, unauthorized removal of property, second-degree assault, obstruction and hindrance of a police officer, and associated theft charges.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Thorton was being held in the Montgomery County Department of Corrections facility in Rockville on $75,000 bail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 30.

The second carjacker has not been identified, police say. They believe he is between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and slim.

Police are asking anyone with information about the second carjacker to call them at 240-773-5070.

sjbsmith@gazette.net