Update: Missing Germantown Juvenile Located

Wadnisha Zephirin, age 17, of the 13800 block of Crosstie Drive in Germantown, has been located safe and unharmed.

Police and family thank the public and media outlets for their assistance with this case.

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify an Armed Robbery Suspect

candyman4Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are asking the public for help to identify a person of interest in an armed robbery in Kemp Mill.

On July 21, at approximately 5:35 p.m., 4th District officers responded to “The Candy Man” candy store located at 1351 Lamberton Drive in Kemp Mill for the report of an armed robbery. The investigation revealed that the suspect asked the cashier for change for a dollar. The cashier opened the register to provide the change and the suspect produced a knife. The cashier fled and immediately called the police.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’9” to 6’ tall, weighing between 170 and 200 pounds. He has short black hair and possibly a mustache. At the time of the robbery, the suspect possibly had a chain hanging from his shorts.

Anyone who has information about this suspect or the robbery is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. 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 this crime.

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Police Investigate Single Vehicle Fatal Collision in Clarksburg

Detectives from Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a single vehicle, single occupant fatal collision that occurred in the 26600 block of Clarksburg Road.

On July 28 at approximately 9:24 p.m., 5th District officers and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel responded to a call for a single vehicle collision that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation indicates that for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle, a 2007 Ford Fusion, lost control and collided with a utility pole.  Despite life-saving efforts, the driver, identified as Richard Pliszak, age 54, of the 4500 block of Roop Road in Mount Airy, Maryland was pronounced deceased.

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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Concern for Missing 65-Year-Old Man

Ayalew Ishete

Ayalew Ishete

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 65-year-old man who has Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and does not speak.

Ayalew Ishete from the 1900 block of Rosemary Hills Drive in the Woodside neighborhood of Silver Spring was last seen this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Ayalew Ishete is described as a black male, approximately 6’1” tall, and weighs 200 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. The exact clothing that Mr. Ishete is wearing is not known but he may be wearing a light blue, long- sleeve shirt with brown pants and brown shoes. Mr. Ishete walks with a cane and may be wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Ishete’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Detectives Charge Man With Two Bank Robberies

Tony Linn Smith

Tony Linn Smith

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have charged Tony Linn Smith, age 55, of an unconfirmed address, with two bank robberies. One occurred at a SunTrust Bank on July 23 and the other at an M&T Bank on July 25.

On July 23, at approximately 9:25 a.m., 3rd District officers responded for the report of an armed robbery at the SunTrust Bank located at 8700 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The investigation revealed that Smith entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money and implying he had a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

On July 25, at approximately 10:55 a.m., 1st District officers responded for the report of an armed robbery at the M&T Bank located at 51 West Edmonston Drive in Rockville. The investigation revealed that Smith entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money and implying he had a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

Robbery detectives disseminated a bank surveillance photograph of the suspect to officers. An officer contacted detectives and identified the suspect as Smith. On July 27, detectives located Smith in Silver Spring and arrested him.

Smith has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of theft from $1000 to under $10,000. He is currently being held without bond.