Concern For Germantown Man, Silver Alert Initiated

Charles Smith

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Sections are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Germantown man.  A Silver Alert has been initiated by the Maryland State Police.

Charles Wesley Smith, 72 years old, of the 13400 block of Demetrias Way, was last seen by family members on Friday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.  He reportedly told family that he was going to drive to Florida.  Smith is described as a white male, 5′ 8″ tall, and weighing 160 pounds.  He has white hair.  He was last known to be wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

Smith is believed to be driving a blue, 2018 Nissan Sentra with District of Columbia tags, R37358.  Investigators believe he is driving south and is believed to have been in the Emporia, Virginia area at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.

Similar, but not actual vehicle

Police and family are concerned for Smith’s welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Charles Smith is urged to dial 9-1-1.


Detectives Charge Three Suspects with Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Unit along with investigators from the Gaithersburg Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and the Rockville City Police Department Street Crimes Unit have arrested and charged Hong Wang, age 56, and Xiaoxia Lin, age 42, both from the 12500 block of Laurel Grove Road in Germantown, and Hanfeng Zhang, age 55, of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road in Germantown, with prostitution and human trafficking-related offenses.

In December of 2017, the Montgomery County Police Department became aware of possible prostitution and human trafficking occurring at four massage parlors located in Montgomery County.

Through investigation, detectives identified two massage parlors located at 966 Hungerford Drive, a massage parlor located at 7246 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood, and a massage parlor located at 28 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Investigators learned that the four massage parlors were owned and/or operated by Lin, Wang, and Zhang.

During the investigation, detectives identified that two Asian females (both of whom possessed identification indicating that they were from the State of New York) were being housed in an apartment in the 800 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.  Detectives observed Lin driving the females to the four massage parlors in order to work.   Detectives further learned through interviews that females who were working in the four spas would often provide sexual services to the male customers.

On June 12, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Lin, Wang, and Zhang charging them with human trafficking and prostitution offenses.  All three were arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County warrants.  Lin and Wang are currently being held on a $25,000 bond.  Bond information for Zhang is not currently available.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives anticipate that additional suspects may be charged.  Detectives believe that Lin, Wang, and Zhang, may have engaged in the human trafficking of additional victims.

Investigators are urging anyone who has information with regard to criminal activity involving any of these suspects to contact the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5959.


Hong Wang


Xiaoxia Lin

Hanfeng Zhang


Concern for Missing Montgomery Village Juvenile

Kimberly Benitez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Montgomery Village juvenile.

Kimberly Benitez, age 14, of Feathertree Way, has been reported missing by her family.  Benitez is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet tall, and weighing 125 pounds.  She has brown hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a gray, hooded jumper.

Police and family are concerned for Benitez’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Kimberly Benitez 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).


Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

Suspect who stole property from unlocked vehicles in the Colesville area.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating two thefts from vehicles that were in close proximity to each other and that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The following thefts from vehicles were reported to police and are believed to have been committed by the same suspect:

  • During the overnight hours on May 27 in the 300 block of Scott Drive in the Colesville area. Property was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.


  • May 28, at approximately 3:12 a.m., in the 13700 block of Stoner Drive in the Colesville area. Home surveillance video captured the suspect entering an unlocked vehicle.  No property was taken.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5500. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. The Police Department urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.


Concern for Missing Germantown Man with Down Syndrome

Update: June 15, 2018 – Joseph Moubarek has been located safe and unharmed.

Joseph Moubarek (who may also go by the first name of Zack or Edmund), age 21, was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m., today (June 14) when he left his Winding Creek Way home on foot.

Moubarek is described as a white male who is approximately 5’2” tall and weighs 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Moubarek was last seen wearing brown pants, black shoes, and carrying a dark green backpack.  He is familiar with public transportation.

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

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Moubarek to call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.