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Series of abductions, carjackings plague the D.C. area, 2 at same place in 3 days

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In the past three days, two different men have been carjacked and abducted from the parking lot at the Giant store in Wheaton.

The man in the passenger seat of the car was abducted and carjacked Saturday. Photo: John Gonzalez/ABC7

Police say there have been several other carjackings in recent days in the D.C. area.

Police are not yet definitely linking the two incidents at the Giant store in the 2700 block of University Boulevard West. But the details are similar.

After a man was taken Saturday afternoon, both he and his car were dropped off at a gas station in the 7000 block of Blair Road, NW, in D.C.

The suspect fled from the station. Police say the victim was not injured.

On Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m., a 75-year-old man was abducted from the same Giant parking lot by a man with a box cutter. He was forced to withdraw money from at least one ATM.

Spate of cab robberies has drivers, police worried

Eleven robberies and carjackings of cab drivers have taken place in the District this November. Police say the suspects work in groups of between two and four people, hailing cabs outside Metro stations.

Suspect tries to steal car with toddler inside

A woman pumping gas in NE D.C. Wednesday faced a nightmare when a suspect jumped into her vehicle and drove off – with her infant still in the backseat.

The mother was at a gas station filling up her Porsche SUV in the 5500 block of South Dakota Avenue Northeast at about 3 p.m. when the suspect took her vehicle.

The SUV was discovered several blocks away with the child still inside.

The 13-months-old girl was unharmed. It appears the suspect only intended a carjacking, not a kidnapping, police say.

Good Samaritan carjacked at Tysons Corner II parking lot of Neiman Marcus

On Saturday, November 19, a 59-year-old woman was approached by a young woman who said she had run out of gas. The woman gave her a ride at which point the young woman allegedly pulled out a knife and took the car.

Stephanie Lynn Schwab suspected in bank robbery, carjacking

The woman suspected of a carjacking in Tysons Corner and robbing a bank in Manassas is now linked to a Tuesday bank robbery, police say.

PHOTOS: Stephanie Schwab accused of robbing two banks, car-jacking

On Thursday, the search for 26-year-old Stephanie Lynn Schwab continued as holiday shoppers prepared to descend on malls and shopping centers across the area.

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