Detectives from the Montgomery Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the rape of an adult female that occurred on the night of November 22 in Wheaton. Investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking anyone with information about his identity to come forward to the Police Department.
On Monday, November 23, shortly after midnight, 4th District officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred in the area of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive in Wheaton. SVID detectives were notified and began an investigation.
Detectives learned that the victim was with a friend at Wheaton Veterans Park located at 11200 Amherst Avenue. The victim walked to the Safeway grocery store located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive to use the bathroom. When the victim exited the bathroom, the suspect grabbed her by the hand and forced her to exit the store with him. Once they were outside, the suspect pulled the victim to an unknown area and raped her.
The victim found her friend and they called 911.
Surveillance video captured the suspect leading the victim out of the store.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, with short curly black hair. He is approximately 5’8″ tall and 150 to 160 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms and one of the tattoos is lettering on his forearm. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray pants, and a green jacket.
Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at (240) 773-5050. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
Detectives from the 3rd District are investigating the robbery of an adult male that occurred at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in downtown Silver Spring. Detectives have exhausted leads and are releasing video surveillance of the suspect in hopes that someone knows the suspect’s identity and comes forward to the Police Department.
On Saturday, October 3, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a 32-year-old male was withdrawing money from an ATM located in the 8500 block of Georgia Avenue. The suspect approached the victim, assaulted him, and stole the cash he had just withdrawn.
The victim sustained cuts to his mouth and face during the assault and was treated at the scene by Fire and Rescue personnel.
The ATM surveillance camera captured the suspect as he robbed the victim. Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the theft of Apple phones from two T-Mobile stores in the Wheaton area that are believed to have been committed by the same two suspects. The Department is releasing video surveillance of the suspects committing these thefts and is asking anyone with information about the crimes to come forward to investigators.
During both thefts, the suspects went to the Apple product section of the store and forcefully removed phones from security wiring.
Monday, November 9, approximately 2:09 pm, T-Mobile Store located at the Westfield Wheaton Mall (11160 Veirs Mill Road).
Wednesday, November 18, approximately 12:30 pm, T-Mobile Store located at 2800 University Boulevard West.
(The suspects also entered the University Boulevard T-Mobile Store on November 9 but did not steal any items).
It should be noted that detectives do not believe that these thefts are related to a series of thefts of Apple products from T-Mobile stores highlighted in a November 9 press release.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about these thefts and/or the two suspects to contact the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5541. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone: 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
Within the last three weeks, Financial Crimes detectives have received five reports of Montgomery County residents falling victim to what is commonly referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” The victims have collectively given over $48,500 in cash to the scammers and have given the cash to someone who arrives at their home to collect the money. Detectives believe that these recent scams have been committed by the same suspects.
The “Grandparent Scam” is a version of a fraud during which the suspect poses as the victim’s family member or friend and tells the victim that he/she is in trouble or needs help. Sometimes the scammer states that the loved one cannot talk so the scammer is talking for the victim. Scammers present a variety of emergency situations in these calls, to include a loved one who is in jail, has been in an accident, has been kidnapped, or has been physically hurt. To assist in helping the family member or friend, the suspect generally says that the victim must send money via wire transfer or other fund transfer (ie: pre-paid cards, internet transaction, gift card purchase). However, in recent cases of these scams in Montgomery County, the scammer tells the victim that someone will come to the victim’s home to collect the payment. The victim provides the suspect with his/her address and a person comes and collects cash. These scammers often target older adults.
The suspect who comes to collect payment in these recent cases is described by victims as a white male in his 30s to 40s.
A summary of three of these latest incidents is as follows:
On November 16, the 84-year-old female victim of Silver Spring received a call from a scammer posing as her grandson. The “grandson” stated that he had been involved in a traffic collision and was in police custody. Someone then posing as the grandson’s lawyer came on the phone and stated that the victim need to pay cash for her grandson’s release. A “courier” came to the victim’s home to collect the money.
On November 19, the 77-year-old female victim of Silver Spring received a call from a scammer posing as a lawyer. The “lawyer” stated that her son had been involved in a car accident and the lawyer needed to be paid to appear in court with her son. A “bail bondsman” came by the home to pick up the cash.
On November 20, the 81-year-old male victim of Ashton received a call from a scammer posing as an attorney. The “attorney” stated that his granddaughter’s boyfriend had been involved in an accident and was facing several charges. The “attorney” stated that the victim need to provide cash to keep the boyfriend out of jail. The “attorney” stated there was a gag order in the case and the victim could not talk to anyone about it. A person came by the home to pick up the cash.
Anyone who has information about the suspects involved with these recent scams is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app. Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam and have given money to the suspects, please call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
It should be noted that these types of phone scams are not unique to Montgomery County and the tactic of going to the victim’s home to pick-up money has been reported in other parts of the state and country.
Please read the following tips on what to do if you receive a telephone call that you believe is a scam:
Do not provide information over the phone. Scammers often ask leading questions to retrieve information from you. Often, you do not realize that you are giving them valuable information.
Scammers create a sense of urgency; they state that they are in distress and need money immediately. Slow down and ask the caller for detailed information and a contact number. Tell the caller you will call them back after you verify information.
Then, attempt to verify the caller’s story by calling family and/or friends. Scammers will often tell the loved one not to tell anyone and provide a reason as to why the situation cannot or should not be discussed.
Remember that scammers often use a technique called “spoofing.” Spoofing provides a fictitious number to a Caller ID display.
Do not send money or provide someone with cash. The scammer might provide you with a tracking number or some other type of number to add legitimacy to their claim.
Most importantly, contact police immediately if you believe you are a victim of a telephone scam.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile female from the Colesville area.
Jennifer Esmeralda Orellana, age 13, of Northcrest Drive, was last seen at her home at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19.
Jennifer Orellana is approximately 5’ 5” tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes. She is believed to be carrying a black Nike backpack.
Police and family are concerned for Orellana’s welfare. At this time, there is no foul play suspected in this missing person case.
Anyone with information about Jennifer Esmeralda Orellana’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).