Bethesda Detectives Close Six Burglary Cases

The Bethesda Investigative Section has closed six Bethesda burglaries and one theft with the arrest of a 14-year-old male from Bethesda.

During the early days of May, 2nd District detectives began to notice that several burglaries in Bethesda had occurred in close proximity to one another and that the method of entry into the homes was usually a basement window.  On May 9, police responded to a burglary in the 5000 block of Keokuk Street.  One of the items stolen from the home was an Apple iPad.  Responding officers were able to track the iPad using tracking software to the suspect’s residence.  The 14-year-old suspect was arrested without incident.  During questioning, the juvenile admitted to committing four burglaries and one attempted burglary and was charged with those five burglaries.  It was also determined that the bike the juvenile had been riding when he was arrested was stolen; the juvenile was also charged with the bicycle theft.  On May 10, the juvenile attempted a burglary of a residence and was charged with an additional (attempted) burglary.  The juvenile has been charged with the following four burglaries and two attempted burglaries :

A. 4900 block of Greenway Drive in Bethesda, May 1

B. 4900 block of Little Falls Drive in Bethesda, May 7 – attempt

C. 5200 block of Westport Road in Bethesda, May 8

B. 4900 block of Little Falls Drive in Bethesda, May 9 – second incident at same residence

D. 5000 block of Keokuk Street in Bethesda, May 9

E. 5000 block of Brookdale Road in Bethesda, May 10 – attempt


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Jaywalking Leads to Foot Chase and Handgun Arrest in Aspen Hill

Yesterday, at approximately 3:50 p.m., 4th District officers observed 3 males and 1 female jaywalking on Bel Pre Road in Aspen Hill.  When an officer stopped the four subjects to speak with them about crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, one of the subjects, later identified as Foday Abdulai Gassama, age 21, of the 4100 block of Garrett Park Road in Silver Spring, immediately began running away from the officer.  Gassama was carrying a red and black backpack when he began running.  The officer chased Gassama across Georgia Avenue and into the surrounding neighborhoods before Gassama was apprehended by another officer at the intersection of Chesterfield Road and Bel Pre Road.

When Gassama was apprehended, he was no longer carrying the backpack.  Officers re-traced the route in which Gassama had run and located the red and black backpack in a trash can in the driveway of a residence in the 4000 block of Manor Park Court.  Inside the backpack was a loaded Jennings 9mm handgun and a magazine with additional ammunition.  Two children were playing nearby the location in which the backpack containing the handgun was discarded.

Based on the above, Gassama was arrested and charged with several firearms-related charges and failing to comply with the lawful order of a police officer.  Gassama is currently being held on a $5000 bond.

Montgomery County Police Department to Participate in Warrant Clear-Up Program

The Montgomery County Police Department is joining with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the District Court of Maryland, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, and the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation in a warrant clear-up program.  During a special weekend court session to be held on June 2nd and 3rd, the District Court of Maryland in Rockville will have extra courtrooms, attorneys, and staff available to assist residents in resolving existing warrants in a convenient and efficient manner.

If your name appears on this list, you may be eligible to participate in this special warrant clear-up program.  You MUST FIRST call the Fugitive Unit at 240-773-5370 to schedule an appointment to attend the special weekend court session.  Officers will help you make an appointment to have your warrant processed.  If you do not have an appointment for the special court session, you will be ineligible to attend.

Warrants do not have a time limit and will not disappear.  Warrants can be served 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  If you have an unresolved warrant, you will be arrested at some point.  This special warrant clear-up program is an opportunity for you to turn yourself in on a day and at a time that is convenient for you.  If you cannot attend these dates, or if you do not qualify for the special court dates, you can still make an appointment to have your warrant served on a date that is convenient for you.  By arranging to turn yourself in, you eliminate the possibly of your arrest at home or at work.

A complete list of almost 17,000 outstanding Montgomery County criminal and traffic warrants is available here.*  If your name appears on this list, contact the Fugitive Unit at 240-773-5370 to make arrangements to have your warrant processed.

We encourage the community to provide tips on the whereabouts of wanted subjects by calling the Fugitive Unit at 240-773-5370.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or provide a tip online.


* Every effort has been made to provide a current list of open warrants; however, some warrants may have already been cleared.  Please call the Fugitive Unit at 240-773-5370 to confirm your warrant.

Update: Identities Released in Colgate Way Murder/Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section are continuing to investigate the deaths of a 49-year-old male and his 39-year-old wife as an apparent murder/suicide.  The husband and wife were found deceased inside their apartment in the 13600 block of Colgate Way in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring.

The male has been identified as Donovan Dean Richards, and the female has been identified as Mischeel Louise Richards.

It was on May 20, at approximately 10:36 a.m., that 3rd  District officers responded to an apartment in the 13600 block of Colgate Way in Silver Spring for a missing person call.  Responding officers met with a family member and made entry into the apartment.  Officers found Donovan and Mischeel Richards deceased, and both victims had evidence of trauma to their bodies.  Officers also located a suicide note in the apartment.

The circumstances that led to these deaths are still under investigation. Anyone who can provide information related to these deaths is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.