Update: Officer-Involved Shooting of Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Investigation Continues; Suspect Believed to Have Committed Previous Bank Robbery

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Department of Police continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting of an armed bank robbery suspect that occurred yesterday in Silver Spring.

The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address. Major Crimes detectives believe that Tegegne also committed a robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank located at 8401 Colesville Road on December 24, 2018.  (Please click here to read the press release regarding the robbery).

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Christopher LaPointe, a two-and-a-half-year veteran of the Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, Officer LaPointe has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

Mikyas Tegegne (December 2018 arrest photo, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia)

Officer-Involved Shooting of Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Investigated in Silver Spring

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Department of Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting of an armed bank robbery suspect that occurred today in Silver Spring.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 10:48 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 911 call for the report of a robbery in progress at the BB&T Bank located at 1100 Wayne Avenue.  The caller stated that the suspect was armed with a gun and claimed to have a bomb.  The caller was able to provide the call taker with a description of the suspect.

An officer responding to the bank robbery located the suspect in a parking garage behind the bank building as the suspect was attempting to flee from the area.  During the confrontation, the suspect was shot by the police officer.  Officers attempted life-saving measures at the scene.  Fire & Rescue personnel transported the suspect to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigative Unit determined that the device found in the backpack worn by the suspect at the bank and during the encounter with the officer, did not have explosive capabilities but was made to appear as an explosive device.  The suspect’s handgun was recovered on his person.

The preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the suspect entered the bank and approached the manager in his/her office.  The suspect demanded cash and stated that he had a bomb in his backpack.  The suspect also lifted up his jacket and displayed a gun in his waistband.  The suspect fled from the bank without obtaining any money and came into contact with the officer in the parking garage.

Detectives are currently reviewing all available video footage, to include officers’ body-worn camera footage and all other evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

It is anticipated that the identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow.

The identity of the officer, a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Department, will be released tomorrow.  Per protocol, he has been placed on paid, Administrative Leave.

Following the established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the officer-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.*

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

{*An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event.}

Concern for Missing Briggs Chaney Area Teenager

Ma’cai Alexander Bogle

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Briggs Chaney area teenager.

Ma’cai Alexander Bogle, age 15, of the 14000 block of Anstead Road, has been reported as missing by his family.  Bogle is described as an African American male, 6’02” tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has brown eyes and black hair.  Bogle was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police and family are concerned for Ma’cai Bogle’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Ma’cai Alexander Bogle is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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Concern for Missing Calverton Man

Update: January 14, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. – David Charles Clifford has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Calverton man.

David Charles Clifford, age 57, was last seen by family when he left his Palermo Drive home at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13.  Family reported that Clifford left in his maroon, 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Maryland tags: 6CVP48.  Clifford last spoke with family via text message at approximately 1:00 this afternoon (January 14).  Family have been unable to contact him since that time.

Clifford is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 09” tall, and weighs approximately 165 pounds.  He has brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar near his right eye. He was last seen wearing a white, hooded sweatshirt with gray stripes and black tennis shoes.

Police and family members are concerned for Clifford’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of David Charles Clifford is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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David Charles Clifford
Clifford

Detectives Investigate Bank Robbery in Gaithersburg

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, officers from the 6th District of the Montgomery County Department of Police were dispatched to the SunTrust Bank located inside the Safeway grocery store at 12251 Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg, for the report of a bank robbery that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an unknown male wearing dark pants and an oversized green, hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank and approached a bank teller.  The suspect was wearing a potentially false long black beard with a white mask and dark sunglasses.  The suspect demanded money and presented the teller with a note demanding money.

The suspect exited the bank with proceeds from the bank.  The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot towards the rear of the shopping center in the direction of Nursery Lane and Orchard Grove Road.

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect.  Anyone in the area of this incident, specifically McDonald Chapel Drive, Nursery Lane and Orchard Grove Road, is asked to notify detectives if they observed, or if any video footage exists, of any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area between 10:30 a.m. and noon, of today’s date.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate this incident and ask anyone with information regarding the suspect or this robbery 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 and/or indictment for this felony crime.

Suntrust Bank Robbery Suspect / Picture 1

Suntrust Bank Robbery Suspect / Picture 2

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