UPDATE: 6th District Detectives Seek Help from the Public to Locate Man Missing from Gaithersburg

062516 Luu photoUPDATE June 25 2:50 p.m.: Detectives believe that Luu may currently be in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone who can confirm or disprove this information is asked to call 301-279-8000. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 6th District Investigative Section are seeking help from the public to locate a man missing from Gaithersburg. He was last seen early this morning at his residence in the 100 block of Central Avenue.

Thomas Vinh Luu is described as a 35-year-old Asian male, 5’3” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. It is not known what he is wearing. He has been diagnosed with a medical condition for which he was prescribed medication that he does not have with him.

It is believed that he may have been in the area of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military base located at 20 MacDill Blvd., Washington, D.C. this morning.

Anyone who may have information about Mr. Luu’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).



Update: Detectives Seek Help from Public to Locate Ethiopian Man Missing from Silver Spring

062416 I. Haile photoUpdate June 24: Mr. Haile was found safe and unharmed in Westminister, Maryland. Police and his family thank all those who assisted in publicizing this missing person case.

Montgomery County Police 3rd District Detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a senior Ethiopian man who walked away from his residence in the 1900 block of Agate Drive in Silver Spring yesterday, June 23 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Ingidashet Haile, age 75, has been in the United States for approximately four months. He has been diagnosed with Dementia and he does not drive.

He is described as a black male, 5’9″ tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has graying black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue jacket and gray pants.

Anyone who has information about Mr. Haile’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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UPDATE: Detectives Make an Arrest for Investigation of June 21 Residential Burglaries and Stolen Vehicles

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 4th District Investigative Section have been investigating incidents of two burglaries and two stolen vehicles that occurred on June 21, in the Olney area.

Through the course of the investigation a suspect was developed and located in Washington, D.C. today. Gregory Maurice Holland, age 22, from the 2700 block of 10th Street in NE Washington D.C., is currently being held in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

The 2007 Toyota Camry stolen from the Crystal Spring Drive residence, was also located in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, June 21 at 12:24 p.m., a call came in to the 9-1-1 call center from the 16000 block of Lehigh Drive to report a suspicious person and vehicle in the area. When officers responded they found a vehicle that didn’t belong at a residence in the 16800 block of Excaliber Way. It was later developed that vehicle had been stolen. Responding officers witnessed a suspect exit from the rear of the residence and flee on foot. A perimeter was established but the suspect was not located.

Also on June 21 at 3:00 p.m. a 9-1-1 call came in from the 100 block of Crystal Spring Drive to report a residential burglary. Forced entry was made to the residential garage and a teal 2007 Toyota Camry with Maryland tag 2BZD33 was stolen.

Due to the fact that there have been other residential burglaries in the Olney area, including one in which firearms were stolen, area residents witnessed a large police response on June 21, which included the use of a helicopter and K-9.

It has been determined that Holland was the suspect wanted in seven other residential burglaries that also recently occurred on Fulford Street in Olney, Cashell Road in Rockville, Thornhurst Drive in Olney, Briars Road in Olney, Old Baltimore Road in Olney, and Bloomfield Road in Brookville. This includes the residential burglary where firearms were stolen. He remains under investigation for an attempted burglary on Willow Lane in Rockville.

(A mug shot of Holland is not available because he is currently in custody in D.C.)

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Update: Follow Up to June 17 Fatal Collision in Colesville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are conducting a joint  investigation. CRU detectives are investigating to determine if the vehicle and suspects involved in a fatal traffic collision on June 17 in the 200 block of Randolph Road were also involved in a collision that occurred minutes later the same day at the intersection of Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. It has been confirmed that the same vehicle and driver in the intersection crash were involved in a June 15 crash in Olney. Detectives from the 4th District are investigating to determine if that known driver and vehicle are related to a June 16 armed robbery in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in the Northwood community of Silver Spring. They are seeking witnesses to any of these incidents to aid in advancing the investigations.

Incident details:

  • See Fatal Collision Investigated in Colesville Area release for basic details on the June 17 crashes in Colesville. The victim of the fatal crash in the 200 block of Randolph Road was identified as Victoria Millicent Hitchins, age 71, of the 14500 block of Barkwood Drive in Rockville (photo below). She was driving a tan 2009 Camry (photo below is an “exemplar” or an example of that make of vehicle) The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry, 20 years old from Palmyra, Virginia. He was driving a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer (two photos of that actual vehicle are below).

During the course of the fatal investigation, CRU detectives determined the vehicles (Camry and Mountaineer) were operating at a high rate of speed. It was also determined that there was some interaction between the two vehicles. The exact nature and cause of the interaction is not yet known. It is also not known if that interaction was momentary and coincidental, or if it was part of a longer interaction over a distance. Detectives do not know if there might have been additional interaction between the vehicles’ occupants outside of their vehicles.

After the non-fatal crash at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Road, the 20-year-old male driver was identified as Barry. He was treated at the scene. At least two, and perhaps more other occupants described as black males fled from the crashed vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer. A Montgomery County Police K-9 team located one of the individuals who had bailed from the crashed SUV. Both individuals were interviewed but no charges have been filed against either suspect.

A collision that occurred on June 15 is related to the June 17 non-fatal intersection collision.

  • On June 15 around midnight, a black SUV was involved in a crash in the drive-through lanes of the McDonalds restaurant located at 18010 Georgia Avenue in Olney. The SUV collided with a parked vehicle that caused it to be pushed into the drive-through lanes. There were no injuries. At that time, the driver of the at-fault vehicle and a juvenile remained at the scene but three individuals described as black males bailed out and ran. The driver was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry and he was cited for this incident. His vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer had to be towed due to a shattered back window.

Fourth District Detectives are investigating to determine whether or not an armed robbery is linked to any of the traffic collisions.

  • At midnight on June 16, an armed robbery occurred in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in Silver Spring. During the robbery, two black males jumped out of a black SUV and robbed an adult Asian man at gunpoint. They fled from the scene in the SUV. At this stage of the investigation it is not known if this vehicle and/or any of its occupants were involved in the June 15 and 17 crashes.

Detectives are seeking to determine if the collisions are at all linked to the armed robbery; and why the fatal collision victim was traveling at a high rate of speed. They are asking anyone in the community who may have witnessed any of these incidents on June 15, 16 or 17 to contact them. If any home-owners or businesses have security video that shows any portion of Randolph Road, Glenallan Avenue or Georgia Avenue between Randolph and Bel Pre Roads, please contact detectives. Contact is also requested from anyone who saw a black SUV on June 16 or before the June 17, 7 a.m. crash with white plastic covering its back windshield (shattered during the crash at the McDonalds).

Collision Reconstruction Unit at: 240-773-6620.

4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 a felony crime.

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062116 Ousmane William Mohamed Barry

062116 fatal victim Ms. Hitchins

062116 type of car driven by fatal victim - Toyota Camry062116 SUV at Colesville non-fatal crash062116 SUV with black window covered in plastic








Concern for Missing Twinbrook Area Man

Philip Richard Horner

Philip Richard Horner

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

Philip Richard Horner, age 62, from the 2200 block of McAuliffe Drive, in the Twinbrook area of Rockville, left his residence on June 19.   He is described as a white male, 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 180 pounds.  Horner is balding with brown and gray hair and has brown eyes.  It is not known what clothing he was wearing when he left his residence.  Horner is known to frequent the Rockville Town Center area.

Horner does not have his prescribed medication with him and police and family members are concerned for his emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Philip Richard Horner is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.