Police: Man suspected of crashing car into Landover Hills, Md. McDonald's may suffer from mental illness
LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (WJLA) - Police say the young man who allegedly crashed a car into a McDonald’s in Prince George's County early Tuesday, following an apparent carjacking and chase, may suffer from mental illness.
Just after 5 a.m. on July 29, a man was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Annapolis Road and 71st Avenue when he was approached by 21-year-old Dominique Tyrone Harrison, who asked him for a ride, according to Prince George’s County Police.
When the man declined, Harrison implied he had a weapon. The victim then jumped out of his SUV and ran.
The suspect reportedly climbed into the SUV and was headed down Annapolis Road when he struck two other cars. The driver of one of those vehicles then followed the SUV until it crashed into the drive-thru at a McDonald’s, located in the 6200 block of Annapolis Road.
Employee Louis Ntah said he was in the back of the restaurant prepping food when he heard a loud noise from the drive-thru area.
"I didn't know what happened," he said.
Tarance Monroe witnessed the crash, and said he saw the driver get out of the car after the collision.
"He just jumped out of the car and said it was just an accident, and that was it," Monroe said.
Harrison, apparently shaken by the accident, initially tried to make a run for it.
"He came out and ran [away from the restaurant] and he just stood there. He was kind of scared and trembling," Monroe recalled.
Police arrived on scene shortly after and arrested Harrison, who was taken to a hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. No other injuries were reported, according to Prince George’s County Police.
Harrison, of no fixed address, now faces charges related to the armed carjacking and subsequent crashes. He admitted to his involvement in Tuesday morning’s events.
Police believe Harrison, who remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections, suffers from mental illness.
The McDonald’s is now closed indefinitely.
Anyone with information about this case or Harrison is urged to call the Regional Investigation Division - North at 301-699-2601.