Silver Alert Issued for Missing Germantown Man

The Montgomery County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Germantown man.  A Silver Alert has been activated for Huu Banh, age 78, of Watercress Circle in Germantown.

Huu Banh was last seen on Tuesday, March 21 at approximately 7:00 a.m. at his residence. Banh is described as an Asian male, 5’01″ tall, weighs approximately 125 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair.  He wears glasses.

Police and family are concerned for Banh’s physical well-being.

Banh is driving a silver, 2001 Honda Civic with Maryland tag: HTD625.

Anyone with information regarding Huu Banh’s whereabouts or anyone who sees his vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

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Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division are investigating the suspicious death of a teenage male at a residence in the 1000 block of Mondrian Terrace in Silver Spring.

This morning at approximately 2:25 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call reporting a suspicious situation at the above address.

Officers responded to the home and located an unresponsive teenage male resident in the basement.  The victim was transported by Fire and Rescue to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The male’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the manner and cause of his death.

The investigation is ongoing and therefore no additional details can be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5700.

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Update: Resident Identified as Victim in Rockville House Explosion Death Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have been conducting a death investigation following a house explosion in Rockville.

On Friday, March 17 at approximately 12:51 a.m., Fire and Rescue personnel and 2nd District police officers responded to a house explosion in the 11400 block of Ashley Drive.

On Saturday, March 18, fire investigators located human remains in the basement of the residence.  The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy was conducted.

On Sunday, March 19, the OCME identified the victim as Steven Martin Beck, age 61, the resident of the home.  The OCME ruled the manner of Beck’s death to be suicide and the cause of death a gunshot wound.

A dog was located deceased in close proximity to Beck.  After completion of a necropsy, the dog’s cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound.

The Major Crimes Division continues to work with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Fire Marshals, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine the circumstances that led to this event.

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Rockville House Explosion Death Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are conducting a death investigation following a house explosion in Rockville.

On Friday, March 17 at approximately 12:51 a.m., Fire and Rescue personnel and 2nd District officers responded to a house explosion in the 11400 block of Ashley Drive.

Today at approximately 11:53 a.m., fire investigators located human remains in the basement of the residence.

The victim’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s identity and the manner and cause of the victim’s death.

The Major Crimes Division continues to work with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine the circumstances that led to this event.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this house explosion is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Two Male High School Students Charged with Rape of Female High School Student

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged two Rockville High School students, Jose O. Montano, age 17, of an unconfirmed address, and Henry E. Sanchez, age 18, of Bel Pre Road in the Aspen Hill area, with the rape of a juvenile female Rockville High School student.  The rape occurred at the school yesterday during school hours.  Montano has been charged as an adult in this crime.

On Thursday, March 16, school administrators notified Montgomery County Police that a juvenile female student reported to them that she had been sexually assaulted in a boy’s bathroom by two male students.  SVID detectives were notified of this report and began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 16, the victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse.  She refused.  Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall.  Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.

Montano and Sanchez were arrested on school property by SVID investigators.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.  They were held without bond and will have bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.

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Montano’s photograph will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Henry Sanchez