A Prince George’s County man is being held in connection with a string of incidents in which men were abducted at a Wheaton shopping center and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs, authorities said.
Sanders was picked up by Prince George’s County police Tuesday and questioned by detectives, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case.
The incidents in Wheaton began Nov. 23, when a 75-year-old man leaving the Giant Food store in the 2900 block of University Boulevard was ordered at knifepoint into his own car, police said. The assailant ordered the victim to travel around the area and withdraw money from automatic teller machines, police said.
Three days later, at the same Westfield Wheaton shopping center, a 60-year-old man was abducted under similar circumstances — forced to get cash at ATMs before he was left at a gas station on Blair Road NW in the District. Then, on Sunday, a 77-year-old man fell victim to the same scheme in the same area. He was forced to go to at least two ATMs, and his assailant cut and beat him before leaving him in the passenger seat of his car near the Mall at Prince Georges in Hyattsville, authorities said.
Montgomery County Police had said previously that they thought the attacks were connected, and on Monday they released surveillance video of the man they thought was responsible for the string of abductions.