Suspect Charged for 2017 Bank Robbery in Montgomery Village; Tipster Helped Close This Case

Raul Gerardo Castro

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Raul Gerardo Castro, age 32, of the 200 block of Olde Towne Avenue in Gaithersburg, for an armed robbery of a Sandy Spring Bank that occurred in Montgomery Village in 2017.

On June 12, 2017, at approximately 2:18 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the Sandy Spring Bank located at 9921 Stedwick Road for the report of a bank robbery that had just occurred.  The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note that demanded money.  The note implied that the suspect had a weapon.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

On June 13, 2017, detectives released a photograph of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying him.

On June 10, 2019, investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Castro as the suspect.

On June 21, 2019, Castro was arrested near his home on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with one count of armed robbery.  Castro was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The police department thanks the tipster who provided the information that led to Castro’s identification and arrest.

rlg/CTJ

Original surveillance photograph of bank robbery suspect which was released to the public on June 13, 2017.

 

Detectives Ask the Public for Assistance in Locating Missing Rockville Woman

Angela Cherelee Wise

Update – 6/25/19: Angela Wise has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Rockville woman.

Angela Cherelee Wise, age 20, is described as being a black female, 5’6″ in height, weighing approximately 160 lbs, with black curly hair in a mohawk hairstyle, and with brown glasses.  She was last seen wearing a black shirt with the word “MEH” in white letters, and blue/purple Sketchers shoes.

Wise was last seen leaving her address on Siesta Key Way in Rockville on June 19th after a disagreement with parents and was using public transportation.

 

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

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Angela Cherelee Wise is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

###

CTJ

Detectives Investigate Serious Pedestrian-Involved Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious pedestrian-involved collision that occurred yesterday in a loading dock of an apartment building located in Rockville.

On Sunday, June 23, at approximately 1:39 p.m., 1st district officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to a pedestrian-involved collision that had just occurred at 1101 Higgins Place.

Preliminary investigation by CRU detectives revealed that an employee of a moving company, Malik Brooks, age 23, of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown, was backing a company moving truck into a loading dock of the building.  Another moving company employee, Anthony A. Liason, age 43, of Nutmeg Place in Germantown, was outside of the vehicle and was assisting the driver (Brooks) in backing the vehicle.  During this time, Liason became pinned between the truck and the side of the building.

Liason was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where he remains in critical condition.

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.

rli/CTJ

Oxon Hill Man Charged After Assault and Leading Officers on a Pursuit

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District have arrested and charged an Oxon Hill man yesterday after he assaulted officers, committed several thefts, fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, and rammed police vehicles.

On June 21, 2019, around 1:27 pm, officers were dispatched to the KMART located at 14014 Connecticut Avenue for the report of a shoplifter who had stolen several items then fled the scene in a Chevrolet Express van.  A lookout was broadcast for the suspect and the Chevrolet Express van.  A records check of the van came back as reported stolen out of Washington, DC.

Shortly after the first incident, another shoplifting call was dispatched to the CVS located at 12359 Georgia Avenue.  A description of the same suspect was provided, including the fact that he had fled the scene in the same stolen Chevrolet van.  The van was last seen heading southbound on Georgia Avenue.

Around 1:59 pm, plainclothes officers assigned to the 4th District Special Assignment Team (SAT) spotted the stolen van southbound on Georgia Avenue.  The driver matched the description provided in both prior events.

When the stolen van was stopped at the traffic signal of southbound Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road, the SAT officers attempted to stop the stolen van and arrest the suspect.  The suspect ignored the commands of the officers and rammed two police vehicles driven by the officers.  The stolen van then proceeded through the intersection striking a Volkswagon GTI then proceeding southbound on Georgia Avenue.  Additional officers assisted the driver of the GTI who was treated by MCFRS on the scene for minor injuries.

The stolen van then proceeded onto the 495 exit ramp going the wrong way then proceeded on eastbound 495 heading towards Prince George’s County.  The stolen van was driving on the right shoulder until it hit a large area of standing water causing the suspect to lose control and swerve into the main lanes of 495 striking a Tesla X just prior to University Boulevard East.  The suspect was taken into custody by officers as he attempted to exit the stolen van and flee on foot.  The driver and passenger of the Tesla X were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect arrested is identified as Alfred J. Reeves, age 48, of the 5100 block of Deal Drive in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Reeves has been charged with 1st Degree Assault (2 counts), 2nd Degree Assault (2 counts), Motor Vehicle Theft, Larceny, Destruction of Property, and several traffic violations.

Mugshot added to release: 6/24/19

Mugshot

Alfred Reeves

###

CTJ

One Suspect Charged in Takoma Park Jewelry Store Robbery and Armed Carjacking

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Ever R. Torres-Enriquez, age 23, of the 900 block of Northampton Drive in Silver Spring, with armed robbery and armed carjacking related to the February 16 armed robbery of a jewelry store in Takoma Park.

On February 16, two suspects entered the Silver Spring Jewelry store located at 1137 University Boulevard East in Takoma Park and announced a robbery.   The suspects obtained jewelry and cash from the store.  Immediately after the armed robbery, the suspects confronted two adult males who were in a Toyota Camry parked outside of the jewelry store. The suspects threatened the victims with a weapon and demanded the victim’s car.  The suspects stole the victim’s car and fled the area.

During the investigation, detectives identified Torres-Enriquez as a suspect in this robbery.

On June 14, officers conducted a traffic stop on New Hampshire Avenue near the Capital Beltway (I-495) on a vehicle in which Torres-Enriquez was a passenger.   Torres-Enriquez was arrested and charged with armed robbery and armed carjacking.  Torres-Enriquez is currently being held without bond.

This armed robbery and armed carjacking remains an ongoing investigation.

rlg/CTJ