Today We Remember Police Officer III Philip Carl Metz (1947-1981)

At 6:55 a.m., on Friday, March 27, 1981, Silver Spring Officer Philip Metz was just beginning his day work tour of duty when he was dispatched to the W. Bell and Co. store in White Oak to meet the manager and alarm company representative and assist in checking the interior of the building. Police had been dispatched earlier when the alarm was activated but found the building secure. At 7:06 a.m., Officer Metz arrived at the store and met David Myers, the security employee, and Douglas Cummins, the assistant store manager. Together the three men entered the store. At 7:16 a.m., a backup officer arrived, found the building doors locked, and was then dispatched to another location to check out an alarm.

Meanwhile, the three men inside the store proceeded to the main office where Officer Metz entered first and was immediately accosted by one gunman who shot him in the head. A second gunman jumped out and shot the other two men in their chests. The wounded store manager was dragged inside the office and forced to open the safe. He was then handcuffed to a file cabinet, while the gunmen cleaned out the safe and fled. Although severely wounded, the store manager was able to get free and telephone for help. The time was 7:45 a.m. Officer Metz and the security man, David Myers, were pronounced dead on the scene. Mr. Cummins survived his wounds and later testified at the trial. A total of seven people were ultimately arrested, tried, and convicted. The 33-year-old officer was appointed to the department on May 1, 1972.

K9 Firearm Detector Dog Lila

Kudos goes to K9 firearm detector dog, Lila, who located all 4 pieces of a gun that had been stolen in a March 21, Wheaton, burglary.  On March 22, detectives attempted to arrest a suspect involved in the March 21 burglary.  The suspect ran from detectives and was observed discarding items from a backpack as he ran through yards.  Detectives believed that the suspect may have discarded the stolen gun so K9 Lila and her handler were called to the scene.  K9 Lila located all 4 pieces of the gun in various yards in the neighborhood.  3 suspects were arrested and charged in this burglary case. Throw that dog a bone!

 

Double Fatal, Single Vehicle Collision in Chevy Chase

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred early this morning in Chevy Chase.

Police are now identifying the driver of the vehicle as Reynard Osman, age 16, of an unconfirmed address in Washington, DC.

The front seat passenger of the vehicle was identified as Reeco Richardson, age 18, of the 6000 block of Sligo Mill Road, NE in Washington, DC.

It was this morning at approximately 1:13 a.m. that a 2nd District police officer observed a Toyota Echo in the area of Connecticut Avenue and East West Highway.  The officer ran the vehicle tag via his computer and determined that the Echo had been reported as a stolen vehicle.  Before officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it began to accelerate on southbound Connecticut Avenue.  As the Echo entered Chevy Chase Circle in Montgomery County, it struck a tree.

Pursuing officers observed flames coming from the vehicle and used fire extinguishers in an attempt to subdue the fire.  Officers were able to rescue Osman and Richardson from the vehicle.  As officers attempted to remove the two rear passengers in the vehicle, the Echo became completely engulfed in flames, and officers were forced to stop life saving attempts.

Osman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Richardson was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The two rear passengers were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The rear passengers will be identified after the Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed their identities.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Batman Traffic Stop

@mcpnews: ” Yes, Batman was stopped by MCPD on Wednesday, March 21, on southbound Route 29 at Prelude Drive, Silver Spring,for no tags on Batmobile.”

 

We first broke the news on Twitter and then Facebook.  Montgomery County police officers had stopped Batman on southbound Route 29 at Prelude Drive on Wednesday for not having proper tags (license plates) on his vehicle.  The officers confirmed that Batman was the registered owner of the vehicle and that the vehicle was properly registered in Maryland.  Batman had the vehicle tags in the back of the vehicle.  Officers reminded Batman that he needed to affix the tags to his vehicle and sent him on his way.  Batman was on the way to Georgetown Hospital to visit children fighting life-threatening illnesses.

 

 

 

Suspects Arrested for Burglary and Firearm Related Charges – Firearm K9 Lila Assists

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 4th District Investigative section have arrested three suspects for their involvement in a burglary on Bluhill Road in Wheaton.

On March 21, at approximately 4:03 p.m., 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Bluhill Road for a report of a burglary.  Investigation revealed that two subjects were seen approaching the residence earlier in the day.  After knocking on the front door, one of the subjects stood in the driveway while the second subject went to the rear of the residence.  A short time later, the second subject re-joined the first, and both left carrying a laptop bag.  Residents of the burglarized home told officers that a handgun was missing from the residence.

As a result of the investigation conducted by the 4th District Investigative Section, one of the subjects was identified as Rico Miguel Rogers, age 17, of the 12800 block of Epping Terrace in Silver Spring.   On March 21, a search warrant was executed at Rogers’ residence, and Rogers was arrested.

Shortly thereafter, detectives identified the second subject who was involved in the burglary as Sharief Ahmaad Grant, age 17, of the 12200 block of Dalewood Drive in Silver Spring.  Grant was located at Wheaton High School and arrested.

Further investigation by detectives revealed that the stolen handgun had been hidden in a specific location on the property of Wheaton High School.  A third subject was shown the location of the firearm after it had been hidden.

Upon learning the location of the stolen firearm, detectives went to that location to retrieve it but found that the firearm was gone.  Detectives determined that the third subject, identified as Jackson Kessah Julius, age 17, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road in Silver Spring, had taken the firearm and was in possession of it.

Detectives went to Wheaton High School to locate Julius.  Upon seeing the detectives, Julius fled school grounds and ran through an adjacent neighborhood.  While running, Julius was observed throwing unknown objects from his backpack.  K9 officers responded to the area and located Julius, and a firearm detection K9 located several parts of the disassembled stolen handgun in various locations.

Based on the above, Rogers and Grant were charged as adults with several burglary-related charges and several firearms-related charges including possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and possession of a handgun by a minor.  Julius was also charged as an adult with several firearms-related charges as well as resisting arrest.  Rogers is currently being held on a $75,000 bond, Grant on a $100,000 bond, and Julius on a $50,000 bond.  Bond review hearings were scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today in Rockville District Court.