by Clarence Williams and Martin Weil

A witness to an attempted carjacking in Prince George’s County chased a suspect into Takoma Park Saturday where the suspect was later arrested, authorities said.

Matters began around 2:40 p.m. when a man with a knife tried to take a car from a woman and her children at a shopping center in the county, according to Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park Police Department.

The witness pursued the man on foot from the scene of the attempt into Takoma Park, but the man eluded the witness, Ricucci said.

However, he said, a Takoma Park officer with a dog found a man in woods around 5th and Orchard Avenues.

Ricucci said the man was taken into custody and turned over to Prince George’s County police.