Police said Saturday that the man arrested inside Maryland Live Casino after a car chase through D.C. and Prince George’s County was initially thought to be connected to a carjacking and shooting in Northeast.
The carjacking happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday on Division Ave. According to a police report, a witness says she found the shooting victim lying in the street calling for help. The victim said two unknown suspects shot him, then took his jeep. Police later found the vehicle and say it had been set on fire.
As police were searching for the stolen jeep, they tried to pull over a man driving a similar car. Police say even though it turns out that man wasn’t involved in the carjacking, he refused to stop, eluding police from D.C. to Anne Arundel County. He eventually parked at Maryland Live Casino and went inside around 11 p.m.
Officers with Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties joined casino security to search for him. Police say about half an hour later, they found the man sitting at a slot machine.
He was arrested without incident and identified as 43-year-old Larry Phillip Brown, Jr. of Northeast.
Police say while he's not linked to the carjacking, he did have more than 40 grams of marijuana and $1000 cash. Police say he also had an outstanding warrant.
There was a team of officers who came to arrest him at the slot machine which caused panic among some in the casino. Six people were injured as people rushed for the door.
“We didn't order an evacuation, we just went up to the suspect in an orderly fashion with a number of officers,” said Lt. Glenn Shanahan with Anne Arundel County Police. “And some people apparently became alarmed and self-evacuated. That led to some people having some orthopedic issues-ankles, knees, back, so minor injuries.”
As of Saturday, D.C. Police had not announced any arrests in the carjacking. At last check, the victim who was shot is in critical condition.