Detectives Investigate Serious Collision Involving Bicyclist and Police Vehicle in 2nd District

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a personal injury collision that occurred last night in Bethesda involving a bicyclist.

On Friday, November 16, 2018, at approximately 11:10 p.m., officers from the 2nd District along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services personnel responded to Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road for a collision involving a Montgomery County marked Police vehicle and a bicyclist.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Ford Interceptor, driven by Officer James O’Rourke, was traveling southbound on Connecticut Avenue when it struck a bicycle, operated by an adult male. Officer O’Rourke was assigned a routine call for service and did not have his emergency equipment activated at the time of the collision.  The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Officer O’Rourke was not injured.

The bicyclist will be identified once appropriate notifications have been made.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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11/17/2018 – 0930 hrs

Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Montgomery Village; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who stole property from an employee-only area of a Montgomery Village Bank of America

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the November 4 commercial burglary of the employee area of a Bank of America in Montgomery Village. Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Monday, November 5, officers from the 6th District responded to the Bank of America located at 19226 Montgomery Village Avenue for the report of a commercial burglary that had just been discovered.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance that showed the suspect inside the bank’s employee-only area at approximately 11:40 a.m., 1:49 p.m., and 9:21 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.  Detectives believe the suspect may have gained entry into the employee area through an unlocked rear door.  The suspect did not attempt to gain access into the main area of the bank. The suspect stole items from the employee area.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Update: Detectives Continue to Investigate Undetermined Death in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the undetermined death of a 34-year-old male who was located deceased in the roadway of Cherry Laurel Lane in Gaithersburg.  

The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for an autopsy.  The results of the autopsy are pending.

The decedent is identified as Dammeon Terrell Powell of the 18300 block of Streamside Drive in Gaithersburg.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death to include the possibility that a vehicle may have been involved in his death.

Anyone with information regarding this death is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Detectives Continue to Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Germantown; Suspect Charged

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, November 11, on Cross Laurel Court in Germantown.  The suspect, identified as Devin Conlon Brunner, age 26, of Cross Laurel Court, has been charged with six counts of first-degree assault.

On Sunday, November 11 at approximately 2:42 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center received multiple calls regarding a male who was armed with a gun.  The male was outside in the parking area of the townhouse community on Cross Laurel Court and was pointing the gun at numerous homes.  One caller stated that when he went outside, the suspect pointed a handgun at him.   The caller went back into his home and told another resident about the situation.  Both residents looked out the window and observed the suspect pointing the handgun at them.

Numerous officers from the 5th District responded to Cross Laurel Court.  The officers encountered Brunner in the cul-de-sac in possession of a gun in his hand.  Brunner did not comply with repeated commands by the officers to drop the handgun.  During the encounter, Brunner pointed the gun at the officers and was subsequently shot.  No officers were injured.

Officers rendered first aid and called for the assistance of Fire and Rescue personnel.  Brunner was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he remains. He is expected to survive.

Investigation revealed that the gun that Brunner had in his possession was a pellet gun designed to resemble an authentic firearm.

Today, Brunner was served with a warrant charging him with four counts of first-degree assault against a police officer and two counts of first-degree assault against a resident.  Brunner is being held on a no-bond status.

The officers who discharged their handguns are identified as James Baker, Andres Naranjo-Cano, Mark Kopp, and Sarah Obando. The officers are currently assigned to the Patrol Division and work in the 5th District.  As is protocol, Officers Baker, Naranjo-Cano, Kopp, and Obando have been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation.

Body-worn camera footage from responding officers has been reviewed by investigative personnel.

This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Note: There is no mugshot of Brunner available at this time.

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Pellet gun that Brunner was holding which was designed to resemble an authentic firearm.

Concern for Missing Takoma Park Area Man

Carlos Alfredo Molina-Pineda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Takoma Park area man.

Carlos Alfredo Molina-Pineda, age 18, was last seen by family members when he left his Garland Avenue home on foot at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Friday, November 9. Family have been unable to contact him since that time.

Molina-Pineda is described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 9” tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Molina-Pineda’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Carlos Alfredo Molina-Pineda is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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