Prince George’s Co. Police arrest five suspects in two crime strings targeting cab drivers

PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. - Police say they arrested five different suspects involved in two different crime sprees targeting cab drivers.

Prince George's County Police say they worked around the clock to find Malik Samuels, 17, and Robert  Walker, 17, the two teens who brazenly shot a cab driver on Wednesday morning in Clinton.

On January 24th, around 2:35 a.m., police say they were called to the 9000 block of Ballard Lane for a shooting and found the driver with multiple gunshot wounds.

Their investigation found that the victim had gone to Ballard Lane to pick up a fare when he was approached by Walker and Samuels. The suspects demanded money and then shot him.

He remains in critical condition at the hospital.

Police say the teens are also linked to a separate carjacking of a cab driver in Largo around 4:25 a.m.

When the victim arrived at Woodlawn Boulevard and Torrington Place to pick up a customer, police say one of the teens got into the cab and demanded money and the cab.

Walker and Samuels got away with the vehicle, but the driver was not injured.

In a separate string of crimes, police linked three suspects, Jose Ponce-Coreas, 19, Demonte Johnson, 16, and Christian Tejada, 18, to three cases involving cab drivers in a one-week period from January 15th to January 22nd.

They arrested the men on the 2rd.

Police say these are the three cases:

  • January 15th – 1800 block of Metzerott Road -Taxi driver is carjacked by suspects Ponce-Coreas and Johnson
  • January 19th – 6000 block of Lamont Drive - Lyft driver is robbed. Suspect Ponce-Coreas also attempted to steal her vehicle but was unsuccessful
  • January 22nd – 1800 block of Metzerott Road - Suspects Tejada and Johnson attempted to rob a taxi driver

In each of the three cases, police say at least one of the suspects posed as a customer and rode in the victims' cars before the crime was committed.

They say they have admitted their involvements in the cases and are currently in custody of the Department of Corrections.

Anyone with information regarding any of these cases or suspects is asked to call either 301-749-5064 or 301-699-6548.