POTOMAC, Md. - Police have identified a man they took into custody after they say he was responsible for an armed carjacking and barricade situation at a home in Potomac.
47-year-old Perry Marcel Bryant faces charges after Tuesday's incident. Police said the standoff that lasted over five hours ended peacefully just after 8:30 p.m. when they entered the townhouse and located Bryant who had hidden himself inside after a brief search.
This all began at around 2:39 p.m. Tuesday when police received a call about a suspect walking up to a woman in a black BMW vehicle, pulling her out of the car and driving away from the area of Honeywell Lane in Bethesda.
A Maryland State Police trooper later spotted the stolen vehicle and pursued the suspect.
“After a member of the Maryland State Police recognized the car based on the lookout on Falls Road, the suspect and another vehicle became involved in a collision,” said Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks. “I don’t believe anybody was injured in that collision, but then he continued coming in this direction down Falls Road. For reasons I don’t know, the vehicle left the road and entered that wooded area. That is where he bailed out of the car and then sought refuge inside a residence.”
The stolen vehicle was abandoned in a wooded area along Falls Road nearby Tuckerman Lane in Potomac. Police said a gun was found in the car.
Bryant then took off on foot after the crash and was holed up at a house off of Frost Valley Way in the Fallsberry neighborhood located nearby the scene of the crash, according to police.
“After a very methodical and lengthy search of this home, emergency response team officers were able to locate him,” said Capt. Starks. “He had secreted himself in the home. And believing that he was armed, these officers took their time to do so in a safe manner and ultimately it was safe because no one was injured. He was taken into custody.”
Police said the woman who lives in the townhouse was at home when Bryant climbed up on her back deck, but she immediately ran out of the house to get away.
Residents in neighboring homes were asked to stay inside until the barricade situation was resolved. Police said students at Cold Spring Elementary School had their dismissal delayed due to the incident.
Falls Road between Liberty Road and Glen Road had been closed off to traffic as the situation unfolded.