Detectives Investigate White Oak Convenience Store Armed Robbery; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed an armed robbery at the M&BZ Convenience Mart inside The Enclave Silver Spring Apartments in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the April 27 armed robbery of a convenience store in White Oak. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, April 27th at approximately 11:54 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the M&BZ Convenience Mart inside The Enclave Silver Spring Apartments, located at 11235 Oak Leaf Drive for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the store, displayed a weapon, and confronted the adult female clerk who was behind the counter. The suspect threatened the clerk and demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect stole currency and then fled.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. 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.

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Statement Regarding May 14th County Council Letter

We understand and appreciate the concerns regarding the recent incident in White Oak expressed by members of the County Council in their May 14th letter to the Department.

The Department values openness and transparency in its interactions with the public, and this event is no exception.  From the moment we became aware of this concerning incident, the Department immediately initiated an Internal Affairs investigation into the event and all employees involved on the same day it occurred.  We understand the importance of this matter and how it impacts our credibility and relationships with the community.  We also understand the pain and deep concern this incident has caused to so many people.

The Department has been gathering further information and data as well as evaluating training and policies as the investigation and review of the incident proceeds.

The requests for information by members of the Council and others, while not routine, will be handled consistent with laws and policies applicable to the release of information.

There have also been questions and comments regarding the status of the investigation of the officers involved. In accordance with Maryland law, including the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, as well as our local collective bargaining agreement, the Department is conducting a full, thorough and fair investigation of the incident.

We will release more information as it is developed and confirmed.

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Suspect Arrested for Taking Upskirt Photos and Videos of Women in Downtown Silver Spring Mall

Abdul Muhammad

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police’s Third District have arrested and charged Abdul Muhammad, age 27, of an unconfirmed address with charges related to Muhammad taking upskirt photographs and videos at a mall in Downtown Silver Spring.

On Friday, May 10 at approximately 12:47 p.m., 3rd District officers assigned to the Central Business District area of Downtown Silver Spring were notified by security personnel at the Ellsworth Place mall located at 8661 Colesville Road, that a suspect was using a device to take photographs and videos up women’s skirts as they rode the escalator inside the mall.

On Saturday, May 11, Ellsworth Place mall security personnel were notified by a resident that a suspect was inside the mall and was taking upskirt photographs and videos of women as they rode the escalators and walked up the stairs in the mall.  A review of surveillance video determined that this suspect was the same suspect from the previous day.

On Wednesday, May 15, Central Business District officers, working in partnership with Ellsworth Place mall security personnel, monitored the escalators inside the mall for the suspect.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., mall security personnel observed the suspect inside the mall.   Officers stopped the suspect and he refused to identify himself to the police.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the 3rd District Station where he was subsequently identified as Muhammad.

A review of surveillance video from the previous incidents inside the mall identified four women that Muhammad had approached from behind and then surreptitiously photographed and videotaped under the victim’s skirt.

Muhammad was transported to the Central Processing Facility (CPU) where he was charged with four counts of using a camera (for prurient intent) to conduct visual surveillance of the private area of the victims without their consent.   Muhammad was also charged with refusing to identify himself to the officers.  He was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

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Suspect Arrested in Silver Spring Homicide

Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, have arrested Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora, age 23, for the homicide of Edras Armando Munoz, that occurred on May 8, 2019 in front of 8528 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  Manzano-Mora has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.

On Wednesday, May 8 at approximately 10:55 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a shopping center located at 8528 Piney Branch Road for the report of a dispute in the parking lot.  During the dispute Manzano-Mora stabbed Munoz.  Responding officers located Munoz in the parking lot of the shopping center suffering from a stab wound to his body.   Munoz was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  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.

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Suspect Charged in 2017 Rape

Victor Jamar Killen

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Victor Jamar Killen, age 26, of the 9800 block of Cottrell Terrace in Silver Spring, for the 2017 first-degree rape, assault, and kidnapping of an adult female victim.  Investigators are still working to determine where in Montgomery County these crimes occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that on December 22, 2017, the victim was a passenger in a vehicle when two suspects, both wearing masks, entered the vehicle.  One suspect pointed a weapon at the victim and covered her eyes.  The victim was then driven to an unknown location within Montgomery County.  The suspect who was armed with the weapon forced the victim from the car and into what is believed to have been an interior area of an unknown apartment complex.  The suspect then raped the victim.

After the rape, the suspect had the victim dropped off near a shopping center in an unknown area of Silver Spring.  The victim later contacted police.

During the investigation, the suspect’s DNA was recovered as evidence and entered into a national law enforcement DNA database (The Combined DNA Index System – CODIS).

In January of 2019, detectives were notified that the suspect DNA entered into CODIS matched the DNA belonging to Killen.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Killen charging him with one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of kidnapping.

On Sunday, May 12, Montgomery County police detectives were notified by officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department that they had arrested Killen for the outstanding Montgomery County warrant following a traffic stop at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Killen was transported to the Central Processing Facility (CPU) where he is currently being held without bond.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Detectives continue to work to identify any additional suspects in this crime.

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