Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery in Kensington; Release Photographs of Suspects

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Major Crimes Division are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m. on November 9 at a residence in Kensington. The female suspect forced her way into the house, tied up the 74-year-old victim, and stole his credit cards and cash.  Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the female suspect and two additional suspects who all used the victim’s cards to buy merchandise and/or withdraw money from an automated teller machine (ATM).

On Monday, November 9 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the victim heard a knock on his front door, opened the door, and was met with the suspect, who identified herself as “Maria.”   The suspect asked to use the bathroom and the victim replied, “No” and shut the door. Approximately 15 minutes later, the suspect again knocked on the victim’s front door and asked to use the bathroom. The victim again replied, “No”, but this time, the suspect pushed the victim, entered the home, and then punched the victim in the face. The suspect then picked up a sharp instrument that she found in the residence.  The suspect then ordered the victim to his bedroom, where she tied his hands behind his back with items that she found in the home. She threatened that if he resisted, she would stab and shoot him. The suspect then stole the victim’s bank and credit card, cash, and personal identification number (PIN).  (The suspect did not remove any other items from the home). The victim worked to remove the restraints and then called police.

The female suspect is described as a Hispanic female, possibly in her 40s, with a medium build, black hair, and wearing maroon colored clothing.

Investigators have obtained surveillance photographs of the female suspect who entered the home.  This suspect used the victim’s credit cards at stores in Wheaton, Rockville, and Vienna, Virginia, and at an automated teller machine (ATM). Detectives have also acquired surveillance photographs of two additional suspects using the cards – a male and a younger female suspect withdrawing money at an ATM.  The Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying these three suspects.

Further investigation has revealed that four residents on Wexford Court, a street in close proximity to the victim’s street, reported that a female matching this suspect’s description knocked on their front doors within the past few weeks. When one of the neighbors opened the door to the unknown female, the female stated that she was asking for donations; when pressed for more information about the charity, the female could not provide answers. The other three residents did not open their doors to the victim, although one resident reported that the female knocked forcefully on the door for minutes.

The Department is urging anyone with information about any of these suspects or this home invasion to call the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Note to Media: The victim will be available for interviews at 11:00 a.m. today at the Bethesda Police District Station located at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue.  For more information or questions about these interviews, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4, after 8:30 a.m.



Female Suspect – Entered Home and Committed Home Invasion Robbery


Female Suspect – Entered Home and Committed Home Invasion Robbery


Female Suspect – Used Victim’s Stolen Bank Card


Male Suspect – Used Victim’s Stolen Bank Card


Male Suspect – Used Victim’s Stolen Bank Card




Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in Calverton

SealDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred early this morning in Calverton.

On Monday, November 30 at approximately 2:58 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of Cherry Hill Road and Broadbirch Drive for the report of a collision.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Mack tractor-trailer was traveling east on Cherry Hill Road. A 2012 Infinity EX35 that was turning right from Broadbirch Drive onto Cherry Hill Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. The tractor-trailer, carrying United States mail, landed on its side. The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation.

The driver of the Infinity and an adult male passenger were transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver, identified as Yesewlek Endihnew Tizale, age 24, of the 9700 block of Pleasant Gate Lane in Potomac succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The passenger’s name is being withheld until family notifications can be made.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Daniel Charles Free, age 48, of the 2600 block of Newton Street in Wheaton, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Concern for Man’s Welfare; Police Ask for Public’s Assistance

Update: November 27, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. – Mr. Park has been located and is safe.  The Department thanks the public and media for publicizing this case.


Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Su Yong Park, age 71.  Mr. Park has lived in Wheaton and Takoma Park in the recent past but investigators have been unable to confirm Mr. Park’s current address.

Mr. Park called a medical facility and stated that he wanted to harm himself.  Investigators are attempting to locate Mr. Park and check his welfare.

Anyone with information about Mr. Park and/or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line).



Su Yong Park

Man Arrested For Possession of a Handgun Outside of The Fillmore Silver Spring

Dominique Saunders

Dominique Bernard Saunders

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested Dominique Bernard Saunders, age 23, of the 5500 block of Karen Elaine Drive in New Carrollton, for possession of a stolen handgun.

On November 22 at approximately 10:30 p.m., an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer was working with security personnel at the The Fillmore Silver Spring located at 8656 Colesville Road when an employee approached the officer saying that he overheard a male subject, later identified as Saunders, planning to shoot someone. The off-duty officer was told that the male subject was wearing a red jumpsuit and a red hat and was asked to leave The Fillmore Silver Spring earlier that evening. The off-duty officer also learned that an employee watched the subject retrieve a handgun from a vehicle that had stopped outside of the building.  The off-duty officer called for assistance from on-duty police units.

Responding officers found a male subject matching Saunders’ description walking in an alley behind the Fillmore. Officers ordered Saunders to stop but he refused to comply and continued walking away from the officers. Saunders opened the lid to a dumpster and threw a silver object inside the dumpster and then complied with the officers’ orders to stop.

Officers checked the dumpster and found a loaded handgun inside and determined that the handgun was reported stolen from Suffolk, Virginia. Officers also determined that Saunders was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous felony conviction.

Saunders was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with handgun offenses and theft: less than $1,000. He is currently being held on a $15,000 bond.



Update: Suspect Charged With Indecent Exposure in Gaithersburg

Travis Addison

Travis Addison

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 6th District Investigative Section have charged Travis Johnathan Addison, age 24, of the 7600 block of Laytonia Drive for the October 9 indecent exposure incident that occurred in the Flower Hill area of Gaithersburg.

On October 9 at approximately 4:10 pm, 6th District officers responded to the 7200 block of Whispering Oaks Way for the report of an indecent exposure. The adult victim told police that he was in his first floor apartment when the suspect, now identified as Addison, appeared outside of the sliding glass door. Addison asked the victim for his phone number, made sexual gestures, and exposed himself.

On November 17, detectives released a photograph of the suspect and asked for the public’s help in identifying him. On November 18, detectives received multiple tips that the suspect in the photograph was Addison. That same day, Addison met with Investigators at the 6th District station and was charged with one count of indecent exposure by a District Court summons.

Detectives thank the media for publicizing this case and the public for providing information regarding this crime.