MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 51-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of carjacking and kidnapping charges from incidents in the week after Thanksgiving in 2011. Authorities say he targeted older people, using a box cutter as a weapon.
State's Attorney for Montgomery County John J. McCarthy says Henry L. Sanders of Landover faces 85 years in prison for carjacking three elderly men.
One of the incidents happened on University Boulevard West in Kensington on November 23, 2011. In that case, Sanders approached a man who had just pulled his car into a Giant Food Store parking lot, say authorities. Sanders took out a yellow box cutter knife, pointed it at the victim and demanded the victim get into the passenger side of his vehicle. Sanders then drove the victim's vehicle to an ATM about a block down and ordered the victim to give him his ATM card. Sanders then tried to withdraw $800 but was unsuccessful because the victim had a $300 limit. Sanders decided to drive to another bank on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring to successfully withdraw money from the account. Video that police obtained later showed Sanders at that ATM, say authorities. Sanders then drove to a gas station in D.C. and used the victim's Visa card to buy cigarettes. Police obtained surveillance video from there as well. Sanders let the victim go at the PG Plaza Metro Station.
The victim then drove home and called police. He described Sanders to police, including that Sanders had cut his finger at some point with the box cutter. Police found traces of Sanders blood inside the vehicle along with a blood covered napkin, say authorities.
Sanders is scheduled for sentencing on May 16.