Man Sentenced to 10 years for Carjacking Victims He Found Through Social Media Ad

by Patrick Herron

The following information is courtesy of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office:
July 13, 2022:
Today in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, the honorable Judge Sharon Burrell sentenced defendant, Markeith Dwayne Jones, 21, of Washington D.C. to 10 years in prison for an armed carjacking that occurred on June 9th, 2021, plus five years of supervised probation upon release.  (The sentence breakdown is 20 years suspend all but ten years for armed carjacking and an additional ten years suspend all but five years for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence which will run concurrently.)

Jones pleaded guilty to the charges on April 29th, 2022. He was arrested in June of 2019 for carjacking two individuals whose vehicle he had agreed to purchase through a social media ad. Jones met the victims at a Wheaton shopping center on June 9th, 2021, threatened them with a gun and took off with their BMW. Montgomery County police located the stolen vehicle and a pursuit ensued which continued into the District of Columbia. An MPD helicopter assisted, and you can see the spotlight from it in surveillance video used in court which shows Jones after he crashed the vehicle. He can be seen tossing the gun into a trash can and then hopping a fence. He was arrested shortly after.

An important reminder for the public: The Montgomery County Police Department has designated “Exchange Zones” at six police stations where residents can meet up to safely hand off items bought and sold online.

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