Third District Officer Arrests Driver for Possession of Handgun During Traffic Stop in Downtown Silver Spring

Romane J. Webb

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police- 3rd District have arrested and charged Romane J. Webb, age 26, of the 3300 block of Teagarden Circle in Fairland, with firearm-related offenses to include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person after officers observed Webb asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle on Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring.

On Sunday, September 20, at approximately 10:28 p.m., a 3rd District officer was driving on Colesville Road at Fenton Street when he was flagged down by a resident who reported that the driver of a Mercedes -Benz E 320, which was stopped on Colesville Road at Wayne Avenue, appeared to be asleep behind the wheel.

Upon arriving at the intersection of Colesville Road at Wayne Avenue, the officer observed the Mercedes stopped at the traffic light and observed that the driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel.   The officer knocked on the driver’s side window with no response from the driver. After several seconds of the officer knocking on the window, the driver acknowledged the officer’s presence and identified himself as Webb.   Officers then asked Webb to exit his vehicle.  During the investigation, officers located a loaded 9mm handgun in Webb’s front pant pocket.   Officers further determined that Webb was prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a prior criminal conviction.

Webb was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with possession of a handgun and illegal possession of a firearm.   Webb is being held without bond.

Loaded 9mm handgun found in Webb’s front pant pocket

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Wheaton Juvenile

Isana Porter

Update: September 28, 2020 – Isana Porter has been located safe and unharmed. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile female from Wheaton.

Isana Porter, age 13, was last seen by family at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (Sunday, September 27) when she left her Bucknell Terrace home on foot.

Porter is approximately 5’ 2” tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds.  She has brown eyes, brown and blonde hair, and was last seen wearing a beige Northface fleece jacket.

Police and family are concerned for Porter’s welfare.

Anyone with information about Isana Porter’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

 

 

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Derwood Juvenile

Pearl Mitchell

Update: September 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. – Pearl Mitchell has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile female from Derwood.

Pearl Mitchell, age 14, was last seen by family at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (Saturday, September 26) when she left her Gold Ring Terrace home on foot.

Mitchell is approximately 5’ 4” tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  She has brown eyes and brown hair.  Mitchell was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, and light-colored shorts.

Police and family are concerned for Mitchell’s welfare.

Anyone with information about Pearl Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

 

 

(LOCATED) Silver Alert Issued for Missing Cloverly Area Woman with Dementia

Frances Petrillo

Update: September 25, 2020, at 8:30 p.m.- Ms. Petrillo has been located safe and unharmed. 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Cloverly area woman who has dementia.  A Silver Alert has been activated for 81-year-old Frances Petrillo.

Ms. Petrillo was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, September 25) while driving her 2001 red Honda Accord with Maryland tags: MTA 655 in the area of Norbeck Road and Georgia Avenue.

Ms. Petrillo is approximately 5’ 04” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Frances Petrillo’s whereabouts or anyone who sees her vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

Suspects Arrested for Possession of Drugs, Stolen License Plates, and Burglary Tools Following Pursuit in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Mateo Reyes-Vanega, age 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, age 27, both of Baltimore, with crimes to include theft of license plates, possession of burglary tools, and possession of crack cocaine.  Detectives continue to investigate the possibility that Vasquez-Chavarria and Reyes-Vanega have been involved in additional crimes in the area.

On September 23 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of Route 29 (Colesville Road) and Georgia Avenue.  The officer observed an Acura make erratic maneuvers on southbound Route 29, to include turning left onto Georgia Avenue from the incorrect lane and failing to stop for the red light at Ellsworth Drive. The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura at Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.  The officer checked the registration of the Acura and determined that the license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from Baltimore City.

Officers pursued the Acura as it continued north on Georgia Avenue.  The vehicle struck a curb at the entrance to Interstate 495 (I-495) and became disabled.  The driver, identified as Reyes-Vanega, was arrested.  The passenger, identified as Vasquez-Chavarria, fled from the vehicle but was arrested by officers following a foot pursuit.

A search of the Acura uncovered evidence to include crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, two stolen license plates (both stolen from the Baltimore area), tools commonly used to commit theft and burglary, and a vehicle part which is commonly stolen from operable vehicles.

Officers determined that Reyes-Vanega had a warrant for his arrest from a neighboring jurisdiction for felony theft and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria had a warrant for his arrest from a surrounding jurisdiction for first-degree assault and felony theft.

Both suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Reyes-Vanega is being held without bond.  Reyes-Vanega was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond (no payment due at time of release).

Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria

Mateo Reyes-Vanega