Suspect Charged for Bel Pre Area Bank Robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Jhasir Marquis Devaux, age 22, of an unconfirmed address, for the August 7th robbery of a Sandy Spring Bank in the Bel Pre area.

On August 7th, at approximately 12:59 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Sandy Spring Bank located at 14241 Layhill Road for the report of a robbery that just occurred.  The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect approached a teller, passed a note, and announced the robbery.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of currency and fled from the bank.

During the investigation, detectives identified Devaux as the suspect in this bank robbery and determined that Devaux was arrested and charged for robbing this same Sandy Spring bank in April of 2016.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Devaux charging him with one count of robbery.  On September 12, Devaux was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County warrant in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Devaux is in custody in Pennsylvania pending extradition to Montgomery County.

**Note: A current mugshot of Devaux is not available at this time **


2nd District Officers Intervene to Avert Tragedy

Officers from the 2nd District of the Montgomery County Department of Police were dispatched around 10:45 pm last night to a group home located in the 6300 block of Greentree Road in Bethesda for the report of a missing person.

Officers were notified that an adult male was missing from the group home around 9:00 pm.  Staff at the group home were actively searching for the missing man when they finally located him on the Union Arch Bridge located at 7934 MacArthur Boulevard.

Responding officer PO3 Marcella West along with PO2 Samuel Yun arrived at the Union Arch Bridge to discover the man had climbed the safety fence on the bridge and was getting ready to jump off the bridge and into traffic below.  Officer West was able to grab the man and hold onto him, preventing him from jumping while Officer Yun climbed the safety fence and was able to secure the man from the other side.  Additional officers arrived to assist and the man was eventually pulled to safety.  The man was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

If it were not for the quick thinking and disregard for their own safety by the officers, a tragedy would have occurred and a life would have most certainly been lost.

Commander Gagen of the 2nd District stated, “The quick and courageous actions taken by these officers helped save a life and avoid a tragedy from occurring.  Their heroic efforts showed their dedication to public safety and it is a testament to who they are as Montgomery County Police Officers.  I am truly thankful that the young man will be able to get the help that he needs and I couldn’t be more proud of our officers’ actions.”



Detectives Investigate Burglary of Coin Store in Downtown Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District are investigating a burglary of a coin store located in downtown Silver Spring.  Today, investigators are releasing video surveillance of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On August 30 at approximately 3:34 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to an alarm at the Bonanza Coins store located at 940 Wayne Avenue.  Officers found that the glass front door had been smashed and the business had been burglarized.  Investigation determined that the suspect broke a display case and stole approximately $6,500 worth of coins.  A witness observed the suspect leaving the area in an older model sedan, possibly a Toyota or Mazda.

Anyone with information about this suspect or burglary is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

**Note the unique tattoo on the back of the suspect’s neck.


Update: Serious Pedestrian Collision in Gaithersburg Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a now fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Wednesday, September 11th.  The pedestrian, identified as 78-year-old Eleanor Cohen of Booth Street in Gaithersburg, succumbed to her injuries this afternoon (September 16th) at an area hospital.

On Wednesday, September 11th at approximately 10:20 a.m., 6th district officers, Gaithersburg Police Department officers, and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to a pedestrian-involved collision that had just occurred in the area of the LA Fitness gym located at 314 Copley Place.

Preliminary investigation by CRU detectives revealed that a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali was attempting to turn left onto Copley Place after exiting the Harris Teeter grocery store parking lot.  Cohen had exited the LA Fitness and was attempting to cross Copley Place in the direction of the Starbucks coffee shop when she was struck by the vehicle.  Cohen was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Two Suspects in Germantown Carjacking Arrested in North Carolina

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kenneth Darnell Davis, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, with carjacking and assault offenses for the September 6th carjacking that occurred in front of a convenience store in Germantown.   Detectives have also charged 16-year-old Kimberly Morales of Montgomery Village as an adult with carjacking and assault offenses related to this incident.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Friday, September 6th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the adult male victim parked his vehicle in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 19700 Frederick Road.  After parking, the victim left his vehicle unlocked and running while he entered the store to make a purchase.  While standing in line for the registers, the victim observed a male suspect enter the driver’s side of his vehicle and a female suspect enter the rear seat area of his vehicle.   After seeing this, the victim ran outside, opened the passenger door to his vehicle and attempted to remove the suspects.  After being confronted by the victim, the male suspect who was in the driver’s seat of the victim’s car backed the vehicle out the parking space at a high rate of speed.  The victim was struck by the open passenger-side door of his car and thrown to the pavement as the suspect back out of the parking space and fled in the victim’s car from the area.    Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 7-Eleven and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

During the initial investigation, detectives entered the victim’s vehicle into a national law enforcement database as being stolen from Montgomery County.   The next morning (Saturday, September 7th), at approximately 10:06 a.m., MCP detectives were contacted by officers from the Hope Mills Police Department in North Carolina who stated that they had located the carjacked vehicle from Montgomery County at a convenience store in Hope Mills.   The Hope Mills officers further stated that a male and female suspect, now identified as Kenneth Davis and Kimberly Morales, were found in the stolen car and were now in custody.   Further investigation by MCP detectives determined that Davis and Morales were the same suspects who committed the September 6th carjacking in Germantown.

MCP detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis charging him with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  MCP detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Morales, charging her as an adult with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  Davis and Morales remain in custody in North Carolina pending extradition to Montgomery County.

**Note a mugshot of Davis is not yet available and a mugshot of Morales will not be released due to her age**