Update: Identity Released in Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred last night in Silver Spring.

Today, investigators are identifying the pedestrian as Channea Sreng, age 37, of the 11500 block of Taber Street in Silver Spring.

On Thursday, June 21, at approximately 11:19 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to New Hampshire Avenue at Oakview Drive for a personal injury collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that Sreng was crossing northbound New Hampshire Avenue at Oakview Drive when she was struck by a white, 2005 Ford Mustang operated by Hafiz Ajaga Usongo Mbang, 22 years old, of White Oak.  Sreng succumbed to her injuries at the scene.  Mbang remained on the scene.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Suspect Arrested After Being Caught Vandalizing Second Police Cruiser

Hector Pacheco

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 6th District have arrested and charged Hector A. Pacheco, age 24, of the 12300 block of Barbara Road in Silver Spring, with destruction of property, assault, and resisting arrest after he was observed vandalizing a marked Montgomery County Police vehicle in Gaithersburg.  Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section have also charged Pacheco with the June 6 vandalism to a marked Montgomery County Police vehicle which also occurred in Gaithersburg.

On Monday, June 18 at approximately 3:26 p.m., an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer who was in the area of the 9800 block of Washingtonian Boulevard, was notified by a resident that a male was using a rock to break the passenger side window of a nearby Montgomery County Police cruiser.  Witnesses, who had provided a description of the male, reported that he had walked toward a nearby shopping center.  The off-duty officer located the suspect inside a nearby department store.  The officer identified himself and the suspect fled from the officer and attempted to exit the store.  On-duty officers, who had responded to assist the off-duty officer, located the male at the entrance to the store and attempted to take him into custody.  The suspect, now identified as Pacheco, assaulted three on-duty officers before he was eventually taken into custody. The three officers who were assaulted sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Pacheco was transported to the 6th District Station where he was interviewed by detectives.  Investigators determined that Pacheco is the same suspect who vandalized a police vehicle on June 6, in the 15700 block of Mahogany Circle. That vandalism was captured on home video and on June 7, detectives released the video to the media and public and asked for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

Pacheco was charged with two counts of destruction of property, resisting arrest, and three counts of second-degree assault.  He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Sobriety Checkpoint To Be Conducted Tonight; Always Choose a Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, June 22, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, June 22 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m. and weather permitting)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**

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Update: Robbery and Assault Immediately Preceded Hewitt Avenue Fatal Hit and Run; Suspects Arrested

Kenneth Sahr Kpakima

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) have been investigating the Friday, June 8 assault, robbery, and death of 40-year-old Gregory Jonathan Atwood, of Tynewick Drive in the Bel Pre area.

On Tuesday, June 19, detectives arrested Mohammed Salous, age 17, and charged him as an adult with assault-related offenses for his involvement in the robbery of Gregory Atwood.  On Wednesday, June 20, Kenneth Sahr Kpakima (also spelled Kapakima), age 21, was charged with assault and armed robbery offenses related to this crime.  They are both being held without bond.  A 15-year-old female suspect has been identified but has not been charged at this time.

Investigation by detectives revealed that on Friday, June 8, at approximately 3:50 a.m., 4th District officers responded to southbound Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue for a person in the roadway.  Responding officers located Gregory Atwood, deceased in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue.  There was evidence of trauma to his body.

Preliminary investigation at the scene by CRU detectives indicated that Atwood was struck by two separate vehicles.  The drivers of those vehicles did not remain on the scene.  Evidence further indicated that one of the involved vehicles is possibly a 2011 Chrysler 200 or a 2011 Dodge Avenger (unknown color).  CRU investigators believe that the second vehicle involved in this collision is a light-colored Dodge Durango.

During the joint investigation by CRU and Major Crimes detectives, a review of surveillance video in the area of Georgia Avenue and Hewitt Avenue showed that prior to the collision being reported on June 8, Kpakima, Salous, and the 15-year-old female assaulted and robbed Atwood of his property in that area.  Detectives have further determined that Atwood suffered injuries as a result of that assault and that the suspects fled from the scene after they assaulted Atwood.

CRU detectives continue to investigate the hit and run portion of this investigation.   There is considerable vehicle and foot traffic in the area of Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue, even at the time when this robbery and subsequent hit and run collision occurred.  CRU Investigators are urging anyone who may have witnessed this collision, who were in the area around the time of this collision, saw something suspicious, or may have any information about this collision, to please call the 4th District Police Station at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

*Note: a photograph of Salous will not be released due to his age*

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Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred late last night in Silver Spring.

On Thursday, June 21, at approximately 11:19 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to New Hampshire Avenue at Oakview Drive for a personal injury collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that an adult female was crossing northbound New Hampshire Avenue at Oakview Drive when she was struck by a white, 2005 Ford Mustang operated by Hafiz Ajaga Usongo Mbang, 22 years old, of White Oak.  The female pedestrian succumbed to her injuries at the scene.  Mbang remained on the scene.  The pedestrian will be identified once family has been notified.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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