Wimbledon Circle Shooting and Arrest

Today, at approximately 8:07 a.m., 4th District officers responded to a shooting in the 2200 block of Wimbledon Circle in the Longmead area of Silver Spring.  Officers arrived on scene and located a 55-year-old male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.  The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived to the area.

Investigation by detectives indicated that the victim and suspect, who were known to each other, began to argue at the suspect’s residence.  The suspect retrieved a handgun and shot at the victim as the victim was attempting to flee the home.  The victim was shot in the leg and was transported to a local hospital; his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this time.  The suspect fled the scene.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. today, the suspect was located in Northwest D.C. by Montgomery County police officers and was taken into custody.   Officers located the gun on the suspect.  The suspect is identified as Timothy Roosevelt Prue, age 48, of the 2200 block of Wimbledon Circle in Silver Spring.  Prue is being charged with attempted first-degree and attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and the use of a handgun in the commission of a violent felony.  Prue currently is being held in Washington, D.C. and is awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.


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Community Alert: MCPD Emergency Services Unit to Conduct Search and Rescue Training Exercise

On June 2, 2012, the Emergency Services Unit of the Montgomery County Police Department will be conducting a search and rescue training exercise in the Gaithersburg area.

The Emergency Services Unit is a multi-discipline unit within the department’s Special Operations Division that is responsible for Hazardous Materials/WMD Response, Special Operations Support, Tactical Emergency Medical Support, and Search and Rescue.  Members of the Emergency Services Unit are trained in two levels of Search and Rescue techniques and tactics – field operations and management.

The primary goal of the training exercise to be held on June 2 is to provide a real life scenario for the management team to practice the command coordination of multiple resources during a missing person search.  The Montgomery County Police Department responds to over 4000 missing person related calls each year.  Any one of these cases could lead to a large scale search.  Conducing real life training exercises is critical to the development and preparedness of the Emergency Services Unit.

Along with the MCPD Emergency Services Unit, members of the Fairfax County Police Search and Rescue Team and volunteer K9 teams from the Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Search and Rescue, Chesapeake Search Dogs, and DOGS-East Search & Rescue will be participating in this exercise.

The exercise on June 2 will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Gaithersburg area.  The community may see an increase in police activity which may include helicopters, K9 teams, and police search and rescue teams.  The impact on the community will be minimal, and there will be no impact on travel.

Spotlight on Project Lifesaver

A message from MCPD Project Lifesaver Coordinator, Officer Laurie Reyes . . .

In 2005, I began the Project Lifesaver Program out of a personal interest in helping those with Autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders.

Project Lifesaver is offered entirely free of cost to caretakers and participants.  Caregivers are provided with information and tools to prevent episodes of wandering.  If necessary, the wandering individual may be outfitted with a personalized bracelet.  The bracelet is a one-ounce battery operated radio wrist transmitter that emits a unique automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.   If the participant wanders, loved ones call 911.  Officers who have been trained in the Project Lifesaver System then use radio frequency tracking equipment to locate the participant.

Caregivers of loved ones who wander have a huge responsibility.  I have come up with some tips for caregivers of those with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism:

  • Make every effort to make it difficult for your loved one to wander.  Install an alarm if possible.
  • Caregivers can reach out to their neighbors.  Examples of  neighbor letters can be found on the Project Lifesaver website.
  • Make sure the person has identification on them at all times.
  • Take a full-length photo and head-shot of your loved one.  Store the photos electronically so that if the person wanders, the photos can be sent to law enforcement quickly.
  • Call 911 immediately if your loved one has wandered so that police can respond.
  • As summer approaches, I want to address the fact that people with Autism are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, and lakes, and may gravitate towards bodies of water when they wander.  Drowning is the number one cause of premature death for individuals with Autism.  For caregivers of children with Autism, teaching your child to swim early could absolutely save their life! Also, knowing where bodies of water (lakes, pools, etc.) are in your neighborhood is important.

If you know someone who might benefit from the Project Lifesaver program, please go to our Project Lifesaver page.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me.

Man Stabbed in Friendship Heights – Suspect Apprehended, Charges Pending

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on May 24, 2nd District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to 5404 Wisconsin Avenue for an injured person.  Arriving units found a 24-year-old male suffering from a stab wound to his chest.  He was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for the stab wound and a collapsed lung.  He is identified as Jose Antonio Hernandez of no known address.  A witness was able to describe the subject who assaulted Hernandez, a lookout was placed, and Metropolitan Police officers found him a short time later near Wisconsin Avenue and Van Ness Street NW.  He is identified as Phillip Enyeazyi, 53 years old, of no known address.

Hernandez remains hospitalized.  Enyeazyi is being held by District of Columbia authorities until he is served with a warrant and taken into custody by MCP detectives.