Detectives Investigate Serious Pedestrian Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision involving a pedestrian that occurred this evening in the Rockville.

Today, at approximately 5:41 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Bouic Avenue for the report of a serious collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2013 Toyota Corolla, driven by Katharine Cowgill Minker, age 57, of the 13400 block of Tangier Place in Rockville, was traveling north on Chapman Avenue.  A pedestrian, identified as Esther Erestain Contreras, age 63, of the 1100 block of Beatrice Court in Fort Washington, was crossing Chapman Avenue in an eastern direction in the area of the marked crosswalk at Bouic Avenue when she was struck by the Toyota.

Contreras was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Minker was not injured in the collision.

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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Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Results – Week 3

The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg City Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division), Maryland State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Takoma Park Police Department, will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.  The task force began on November 16 and will continue through January 7, 2017.  Below are some results from week three of the Holiday Task Force.

November 30, 2016 – December 3, 2016

  • 39 – Arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)
  • 2– Civil Alcohol Citations issued to adults for possession of alcohol under the age of 21
  • 3 – Criminal Citations issued to adults for selling alcohol to a minor in a business
  • 1 – Criminal Citation issued to adult for having an open container in a prohibited place
  • 7 – Civil Alcohol Citations issued to juveniles for possession of alcohol under the age of 21

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Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery and Carjacking at Silver Spring Gas Station; Suspect Linked to Three Prior Gas Station Robberies

Suspect in Four Armed Robberies and a Carjacking at Silver Spring Gas Stations

Suspect in Armed Robberies and Carjacking at Silver Spring Gas Stations

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the November 25 armed robbery and carjacking that occurred at a Silver Spring Shell gas station.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.  Detectives believe that this same suspect previously committed three armed robberies at a nearby BP gas station. 

On Friday, November 25 at approximately 6:05 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Shell gas station located at 9510 Georgia Avenue for the report of an armed robbery of the gas station and a subsequent carjacking of a vehicle at the fuel pumps.

The preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the gas station, approached the clerk, and displayed a handgun.  The suspect demanded money from the cash register and Newport cigarettes.  The store clerk placed the cash and the cigarettes into a plastic bag that the suspect had brought with him. The suspect then fled out of the front door of the gas station and ran towards the gas pumps.  The suspect approached an adult female who was fueling her vehicle.  The suspect displayed the handgun and ordered the victim to get out of her vehicle and give him her keys.  The victim complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspect fled from the gas station in the victim’s 2008 black Scion xD.  The victim was not injured in the carjacking.

Anyone with information about these armed robberies or carjacking and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).    Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for these crimes.

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Surveillance Video of Armed Robbery and Carjacking Suspect

Surveillance Video of Armed Robbery and Carjacking Suspect

Detectives Investigate Reported Attempted Kidnapping in Gaithersburg Area

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating the report of an attempted kidnapping that occurred near the Cider Mill Apartments pool in Gaithersburg.

On Monday, December 5, a Watkins Mill High School student stated to detectives that at approximately 7:00 a.m. that morning, as she walked to her bus stop in the Cider Mill Apartment community (located on Lost Knife Circle), a black male approached her, told her to “shut up,” and attempted to put a black bag over her head.  The female screamed and the suspect ran away.  The female arrived at school and notified school administration, who then notified police.

The suspect is described as a black male with a goatee, mid- to late 30s, approximately 5’5” tall, and with a medium build.  He was wearing black pants and a black-hooded sweatshirt with a red logo on it.

The Police Department has increased patrols in the area.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to their line that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Detectives Investigate Serious Single-Vehicle Collision in Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious single-vehicle collision that occurred this morning in Bethesda.

Today, at approximately 9:04 a.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to 8015 Whittier Boulevard for the report of a serious collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Buick Century was making a left turn from eastbound Whittier Court onto northbound Whittier Boulevard when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree that was located in front of 8015 Whittier Boulevard.  After striking the tree, the Buick then rolled onto its driver’s side.

The driver and sole occupant of the Buick was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  She is being identified as Audrey Sloope Bell, age 93, of the 8000 block of Whittier Boulevard.

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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