Darcy Spencer, News4 Reporter
The Prince George’s County chief of police announced his summer crime initiative, saying overall violent crime is up 2% and murders are down 29% year over year, but there’s been a big increase in carjackings.
There have been 219 carjackings so far this year compared to 134 this time last year – a 63% increase. Many of the offenders are teens and young adults, and more of those arrested are girls. Often times senior citizens are targeted and assaulted during the violent crimes.
“Most of those we’ve arrested have been handled before for violent crimes or handguns,” Chief Malik Aziz said.