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Armed, masked carjacking suspects arrested after Richmond Highway chase

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(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) Two people suspected of carjacking in Maryland were arrested by Fairfax County and Maryland police yesterday (Sunday) after a pursuit that started on Richmond Highway (Route 1) and later crossed state lines.

Police are still on the lookout for two suspects, including one person who may have been wearing a Spider-Man mask or costume, the Fairfax County Police Department said today (Monday).

Around 5:22 p.m., officers came across a reportedly stolen BMW 535 in 7500 block of Richmond Highway in Hybla Valley after getting an automated license plate reader alert, according to radio traffic compiled by public safety scanner watcher Romero.

As three units closed in on the car, the driver took off onto Richmond Highway, “intentionally” hitting police cruisers and driving north in the southbound lanes at around 46 mph, police said. A police helicopter was called to join the chase as it entered Huntington.

The pursuit moved onto the Capital Beltway (I-495) into Maryland, getting Prince George’s County police and Maryland State Police involved.

At one point, the vehicle’s tire blew out, but the chase continued until the occupants bailed out around the exit to Morningside, Maryland. An officer reported that two guns were dropped in the highway median as at least two people ran into nearby woods.

One man was quickly taken into custody, while another was apprehended by 5:57 p.m. The police response blocked off the highway’s northbound lanes.

The FCPD had initially reported — and scanner traffic suggested — that three people had been taken into custody, but Sgt. Jacob Pearce says it has now been determined that two people “got away.”

In addition to the man reportedly dressed like Spider-Man, the other suspects wore “patterned ski-masks,” Pearce told FFXnow.

The BMW had been carjacked in District Heights on April 9, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department, which says five firearms were found inside the vehicle.

Prince George’s has charged the two men currently in custody — identified as 21-year-old Terrell Talley and 18-year-old Marquette Staton — with unauthorized use of a vehicle and firearms offenses in connection to the carjacking.

Additional charges from Fairfax County are expected to be announced later.