Rockville Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred last night in Rockville.

On Saturday, December 16 at approximately 11:14 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City police officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Rockville Pike (Route 355) and Congressional Lane for the report of a collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Tao Tao Scooter was traveling southbound on Rockville Pike approaching Congressional Lane.  At the same time, a 2008 BMW 335xi was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Rockville Pike onto westbound Congressional Lane.   For reasons still under investigation, the two vehicles collided on Rockville Pike.  After the initial collision between the Scooter and the BMW, the driver of the BMW stopped his vehicle on Congressional Lane and fled from the vehicle on foot.  A short time later, responding officers located the driver of the BMW on Congressional Lane and arrested him for driving under the influence (DUI).

The operator of the 2014 Tao Tao Scooter is being identified as Ross Stanley Redler, age 56, of the 5900 block of Halpine Road in Rockville.  He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Redler succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the 2008 BMW 335xi is being identified as Mark Steven Andrade, age 24, of the 7500 block of Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda.  He was not injured in the collision.

This remains an open investigation.  Investigators will consult with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if Andrade will be charged with additional offenses related to this collision.  Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Germantown Shooting Death Investigated as a Homicide

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division, Homicide Section, are investigating the homicide of an adult male that occurred today in Germantown.

On Saturday, December 16 at 4:36 p.m., the Emergency Call Center (911) received a call from the 12900 block of Falling Water Circle for a male subject shot.  First responders located a deceased male with an apparent gunshot wound.  At this time he is being identified as a resident of that address.

Anyone with information regarding this death is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those tipsters who wish to remain anonymous and eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.00, may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Fatal Pedestrian Collision on Piney Branch Road Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in Silver Spring.

On Saturday, December 16 at approximately 1:07 a.m., 3rd District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Piney Branch Road at Garland Avenue for the report of a pedestrian involved personal injury collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a grey 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling north on Piney Branch Road prior to Garland Avenue, when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle struck a pedestrian who was lying on the pavement in the roadway.  It is believed that the pedestrian suffered an injury prior to being struck by the Toyota.  The type and cause of injury remains under investigation.  The 30-year-old male pedestrian was transported to a local trauma center where he was pronounced deceased.  The driver and passenger of the Toyota were not injured.

The pedestrian is being identified as Inmar Alejan Garmendez-Escobar, 30 years old, of an unconfirmed address.  The driver is being identified as Noellie Espinal Rosario, 40 years old, of the 1500 block of Overlook Drive in Silver Spring.

This remains an ongoing investigation and detectives are urging anyone with information regarding this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6200.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Concern For District of Columbia Woman

UPDATE:  Natasha Alexander Breyman has returned home and is safe and uninjured.  Police thank the public and media for publicizing this missing person case.    

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing 34-year-old woman.

Natasha Alexander Breyman of the 1600 block of Lamont Street NW in the District of Columbia left a family member’s residence on foot in the 10200 block of Frederick Avenue in Kensington on Friday, December 15 at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Breyman is described as a white female, 5′ 7″ tall, weighing 140 pounds, and has blue eyes and blond hair.  At the time she left the residence, she was under dressed for the weather, wearing a light grey sweater, dark pants, and black boots.  Police and family are concerned for her emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Natasha Breyman is urged to call 301.279.8000.


MCP Holds Quarterly Award Ceremony

The Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, December 13 at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the Medal of Valor, the Lifesaving Award, Commendation, Problem-Oriented Policing, and the Chief’s Award. The award recipients are as follows:

Medal of Valor – The Department’s highest award.  The Medal of Valor is awarded to an employee for heroism and distinction in extremely hazardous circumstances. In order to be considered for this honor, an employee must exhibit unusual bravery in the performance of duty while facing the threat of death of serious injury.

Medal of Valor Recipient:

Police Officer III Matthew McGowan

Lifesaving Award – Awarded to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer III Vincent Chan

Police Officer II Brock Dulko 

Police Officer II Alex Lanham     

Police Officer III Brian Nesbitt  

Police Officer III Danielle Olsen         

Police Officer III Louvenna Pallas       

Police Officer II Justin Saffar             

Police Officer II Alysha Voytell  

Police Officer III Eric Werkmann

A Commendation –  Awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Police Officer III Robert Atack    

Corporal Athanasios Bakalis 

Corporal Raymond Bennett  

Police Officer III Nicholas Bonturi   

Police Officer II Sean Brennan

Sergeant Keith Duggan

Police Officer III Michael Giacalone 

Police Officer III Percell Gregory Jr.  

Police Officer II Eric Houston

Police Officer I James Mirra

Sergeant Brian Parker 

Police Officer III Andres Ramirez  

Police Officer II Charles Ricucci  

Police Officer III Holman Santos

Police Officer II Katelyn Stevens

Police Officer III James Walls 

Police Officer III Gregory Walker

Police Officer III Alan Yuill  

Problem-Oriented Policing Award – The Problem-Oriented Policing Award is designed to recognize a person or group, who has gone above and beyond the person’s normal duties in the spirit of community policing.

Problem-Oriented Policing Award Recipients:

Police Officer II Jason Burkett

Police Officer II Brock Dulko

Chief’s Award – The Chief’s Award will be awarded by the Chief of Police to employees who exemplify the highest standards of service to the community by virtue of their diligence, dedication, and character.

Chief’s Award Recipients:

Captain Darren Francke

Sergeant Mark Miller