Detectives Investigate Sexual Assault in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred yesterday in Gaithersburg.

On January 20, 2020, between 6:00 am and 7:00 am, an adult female victim was walking on the footpath in the area of Mountain Laurel Lane and Flower Hill Way when she was approached from behind and touched inappropriately by a suspect.

The victim described the suspect as a Black male, unknown age, standing around 5’07”, weighing approximately 175 pounds, with a medium build.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, have information on the suspect, or observed anything suspicious in the area are asked to contact detectives at the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.  If anyone observes suspicious behavior in the area, detectives ask that you report it to police by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency, or 301-279-8000 in a non-emergency.



Peeping Tom Arrested in Silver Spring

pic of Mario Verhage

Mario Verhage

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District is announcing the arrest of a Peeping Tom suspect in Silver Spring.

Mario Verhage, age 43, of the 8500 blocks of 16th Street in Silver Spring, was taken into custody on the strength of an arrest warrant on January 15, 2020, charging him with several counts of CR-3-901(c) Peeping Tom in violation of Maryland law.

The investigation leading to the arrest warrant being issued revealed that on several dates in November 2019, Verhage targeted a female resident living in the 8500 blocks of 16th Street by looking into her window while she was in various stages of undress.  Verhage would also set up his cell phone on the window to record the victim while she was within the residence.

Officers from the 2nd District, working with the community, were able to identify Verhage as the perpetrator and successfully apply for an arrest warrant that was subsequently served on January 15, 2020.  Verhage posted bond and was released the same day.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident or prior incidents involving Verhage is encouraged to contact the 2nd District Station at 240-773-6700.



Suspect Arrested for Handgun Possession Following Traffic Stop in Gaithersburg

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Community Action Team (DCAT) have arrested and charged Samuel A. Martone, age 20, of the 4500 block of Bay Springs Drive in Bay Shore, Mississippi, with firearm-related offenses following a traffic stop that occurred in Gaithersburg.

At approximately, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, a 6th District DCAT officer conducted a stop of a vehicle for a traffic offense on Frederick Road at Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg.  Officers identified Martone as the driver of the vehicle. During the traffic stop, officers asked for Martone’s vehicle registration. When Martone was opened the glove box and reached in to get the vehicle registration, officers observed a handgun in the glove compartment. Martone was removed from the vehicle and officers recovered a loaded Walther P22 .22 caliber handgun in the glove compartment. Officers also located an additional 420 rounds of ammunition in Martone’s vehicle.

Martone was arrested and transported to the Center Processing Unit where he was charged with possession of a firearm by persons under 21 years old and transporting a handgun in a vehicle.

Martone was released after posting a $7,500 bond.

Samuel A. Martone

Gun recovered from Martone’s vehicle.

Third Suspect Charged for Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store In Bethesda

Kevin Harrington

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kevin Joseph Harrington, age 36, of an unconfirmed address in Washington, D.C., for the December 13 armed robbery of The Jewelry Exchange store located at 7747 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.  Derrick Lamont Graham, age 42, of an unconfirmed address, and Anthony Maurice Starr, age 49, of the 2700 block of Jasper Place in Southeast, Washington, D.C., were previously charged for this same armed robbery.

On Friday, December 13, at approximately 5:46 p.m., three male suspects entered The Jewelry Exchange store.   One suspect displayed a handgun and the males demanded jewelry.  While two of the suspects obtained the jewelry, the third suspect acted as a lookout at the front door of the business.  The suspects stole approximately 100 pieces of jewelry with a total worth of over $60,000.

On December 17, the police department released surveillance video of the suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Detectives received multiple tips identifying Graham as the suspect who displayed the handgun.

On December 30, Graham was arrested in Arlington, Virginia, on unrelated charges and served with a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.

During this investigation, detectives also identified Starr as one of the suspects.   On January 8, Starr was arrested at his home on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with armed robbery.

Detectives continued to investigate this armed robbery and received a tip from a resident who identified Harrington as the remaining suspect.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Harrington charging him for armed robbery.  On January 16, detectives arrested Harrington in Northwest, Washington D.C.  Harrington remains in custody in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

The police department thanks the tipsters who provided information that led to the arrests of Graham, Starr, and Harrington.


Derrick Lamont Graham

Anthony Maurice Starr


Concern for Missing Takoma Park Area Juvenile (LOCATED)

Sarela Nely Lanza

Update: January 21, 2020 – Sarela Nely Lanza has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing juvenile female from the Takoma Park area.

Sarela Nely Lanza, age 14, was last seen by family at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, when she left her Garland Avenue home on foot.

Lanza is approximately 5″6″ tall and weighs 135 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Lanza’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Sarela Nely Lanza 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).