LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Charles County police say they have arrested three men for allegedly shooting a man they targeted for money.
On Wednesday morning around 6:20 a.m., police say two masked men approached a 31-year-old man who was walking out of his apartment building with his family in the 4100 block of Falcon Place in Waldorf.
The two men showed a gun and forced the man and his family back inside where they held them at gunpoint and demanded money. Police say at around 8 a.m., there was a scuffle and the man was shot multiple times in the arm and leg. The masked men stole numerous items and fled the area.
Officers canvassed the area and a K9 officer was able to locate the mens’ vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, on Route 228. Police say the officer attempted to stop the SUV, but the driver fled.
Police pursued the suspects to Route 210 where the driver lost control near Farmington Drive and hit a guardrail. The driver and passenger jumped out of the SUV and fled in different directions.
One of the men stayed in the SUV and was arrested.
The K9 officer and his K9, Ryker, followed one man and ordered him to stop, police say. The man ignored the officer and jumped a guardrail, heading towards a wooded area.
Police say the K9 officer gave his K9 a command to apprehend the man, at which time K9 Ryker jumped the guardrail and apprehended the man, holding him until his handler could make a safe arrest.
Once in custody, the K9 officer found a gun in the man’s pocket. The man had a minor injury which did not require medical treatment.
The other man ran to a wooded area where another K9 officer and his K9, Eno, along with two other officers tracked the man for almost half a mile through a wooded terrain, a creek, and through two neighborhoods, and eventually found him hiding in a children’s play set in the backyard of a home.
Police say he was arrested without further incident. Forensics personnel responded to the scene and recovered additional evidence. Officers also found another gun inside the SUV.
Detectives say the men knew the victim and targeted him because they believed he had money.
The men arrested, ages 30, 19 and 15, all from Washington, D.C., will be charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping, burglary, theft and other charges.
The victim was flown to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
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