Concern for Missing Potomac Area Man (LOCATED)

Update: August 23, 2019 – Alan Landau has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Potomac area man.

Alan Landau, age 77, of the 8400 block of Tuckerman Lane, was last seen this morning (August 22) at his residence at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Landau is described as a Caucasian male who is 5’ 9” tall and weighs 162 pounds.  He has gray/white hair and blue eyes.

Landau is believed to be driving his black, 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-class four-door sedan with a Maryland temporary tag.  (Investigators are working to determine the tag number).

Police are concerned for Landau’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding Alan Landau’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number: 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

Alan Landau

Sobriety Checkpoint to be Conducted Saturday Night; Always Choose a Sober Driver

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

On Saturday evening, August 24, officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of Montgomery County law enforcement’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: Saturday night – August 24 (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.**

RLG

Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Montgomery Village Armed Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photographs of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the July 27 armed robbery of two residents that occurred on Ridgeline Drive in Montgomery Village.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the two male suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On July 27 at approximately 12:33 a.m., 6th District officers responded to the 10100 block of Ridgeline Drive for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The adult male victim and the adult female victim stated to officers that they were walking on Ridgeline Drive when the two suspects confronted them. One suspect displayed a weapon, assaulted the male victim, and demanded cash.  The second suspect assaulted the female victim and stole her purse which contained the victim’s credit cards.  The suspects then fled the area.

Detectives later learned that the female victim’s credit cards had been used at the Shady Grove Metro Station located at 15903 Somerville Drive in Rockville and at multiple locations in Suitland, Maryland.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the suspects or this armed robbery to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call 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 them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.

RLG

Robbery suspect #2

Robbery suspect #1

Robbery suspect #2

Robbery suspect #1

Suspect Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution from Massage Therapist; Possibility of Additional Victims

Detectives from the Special Investigations Division – Vice and Intelligence Unit have charged Seth Hurwitz, age 60, of the 6100 block of Lenox Road in Bethesda, with solicitation of prostitution from a licensed massage therapist at her place of business.  Based on statements Hurwitz made to the victim during this investigation, detectives are concerned that there are additional victims.

On August 16, the victim, a licensed massage and physical therapist, came forward to report the solicitation to police.

Detectives learned that on August 15, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Hurwitz called the massage business and spoke to the victim to make an appointment for a massage at 3:00 pm that day.

During the massage session, Hurwitz made sexual comments and inappropriate sexual motions.  He implied to the victim that her tip would be greater if she performed sexual acts.  The victim also noted that Hurwitz had left a roll of cash laying on the floor in plain view in the massage room.  Twice during the interaction, Hurwitz asked the victim if she would consider coming to his home and providing a massage.  The victim declined.  The victim ended the massage early due to Hurwitz’ increasing inappropriate sexual behavior.

Later that day, Hurwitz texted the victim’s business phone.  He texted and called her the next day (August 16), asking if she would come to his home.  In a text conversation and a phone call between the victim and Hurwitz, during which Vice and Intelligence Unit detectives were present with the victim, Hurwitz agreed to pay cash in exchange for the victim performing sexual favors.  In a follow-up text conversation, Hurwitz said that he would come to the business on August 21.

Today, August 21, detectives arrested Hurwitz as he arrived at the massage business.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with solicitation for prostitution.  He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Due to statements Hurwitz made during conversations with the victim about having similar arrangements with other women, investigators believe that there may be additional victims.  Anyone who believes that she is a victim is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5958.

Note: The Department is not releasing the name of the massage business so that the victim’s identity remains confidential.

Seth Hurwitz

 

Six Suspects Commit Distraction Theft at Verizon Store; Steal Approximately $24,000 Worth of Cellular Phones

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section are investigating a distraction theft committed by six female suspects at a Verizon store in Gaithersburg.  While five of the suspects worked to divert the attention of the store employees, the sixth suspect, in about a minute, stole 29 cellular phones worth approximately $24,000.

On July 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the group of suspects entered the Verizon store located at 299 Copley Place in Gaithersburg.  Two of the females entered the store holding a small child.  The women began to move around the store and distracted the employees’ attention by asking for assistance.  One of the suspects, appearing to be pregnant, then entered an open storeroom and stole cellular phones.  As she exited that area, an employee confronted her about what she was doing in the room.  The other female suspects then overwhelmed the employee and the group left the store.  The suspects were last seen fleeing from the area in a dark-colored minivan.

Detectives believe that the women, all wearing long skirts, may have modified their clothing to conceal stolen items.  Investigators also believe that the suspect who stole the phones may have pretended to be pregnant in order to use that area of her clothing to hide the cellular phones.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this theft is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call 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 them that leads to an arrest in this case.