Police pursue, arrest two suspects in armed carjacking, robbery in Takoma Park

Responding to a call of shots fired, police officers caught and arrested two men, suspected of an attempted armed carjacking and armed robbery, shortly before midnight Friday in Takoma Park.

One resisted arrest initially and the other jumped from the green Ford minivan, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at an officer and then fled on foot. He was captured by backup officers several blocks away in a residential area of Takoma Park off New Hampshire Avenue.

Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald A. Ricucci identified the two men as James Gondor, 23, of Takoma Park and Jordan Allen Kamara, 22, of Silver Spring.

At approximately 11:32 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Lee Avenue. A responding officer, driving on northbound New Hampshire Avenue, spotted a green Ford minivan driving on eastbound Sligo Creek Parkway and turning to go northbound on New Hampshire Avenue.

Because of the speed of the minivan, and the description of a green minivan being the suspect vehicle, the officer pursued the suspects.

As the van turned right heading eastbound on Erskine Street, the officer activated his emergency equipment.

The minivan stopped at Erskine Street and 13th Avenue. The officer ordered the driver, Gondor, to put the keys of the vehicle on the roof of the van. After several requests, Gondor complied.

But the passenger, Kamara, bailed out of the van and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the officer.

Kamara then fled on foot into the backyard of a home on 13th Avenue. While maintaining control over Gondor, the officer requested additional units.

Montgomery County Police K9 and Takoma Park Police K9 units arrived and began searching for Kamara.

Gondor was taken into custody without further incident, and the vehicle was also taken into custody and impounded pending a search warrant.

Takoma Park Police found Kamara in the 7100 block of 13th Avenue and took him into custody without incident.

A Montgomery County K9 officer and his partner conducted a track for evidence and located a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the street in the 7200 block of 13th Avenue.

Gondor has been charged for wearing, carrying or transporting a firearm, possession of marijuana, and false statements to a peace officer.

Kamara has been charged with first degree assault, second decree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent felony, wearing, carrying or transporting a firearm, failure to identify and theft under $1,000.