MCP Police Explorers Attend National Conference in Colorado

The Montgomery County Police Explorer Program is part of a national program intended to assist young adults in learning about the many aspects of law enforcement as a career.  Every second year, the Explorers are provided the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC).  This year, Montgomery County Police Explorers and approximately 2,500 other Explorers from the United States and Puerto Rico attended The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, from July 16 through 21.

The Montgomery County Police Explorer members took part in seven team competitions during the conference.  The members placed first in the Community Services category, second place in the Traffic Stops competition, third place in Domestic Crisis Intervention, and fifth place in White Collar Crime.

For the first time ever at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, a blood drive was held.  The idea of a blood drive at the conference had been developed and organized by Montgomery County Police Explorers.  The blood drive, held on July 19, was operated by Bonfils Blood Center and was open to Explorers, advisors, and members of the Colorado State University (CSU) community who wished to help save lives through making a blood donation.  A representative of Bonfils Blood Center later informed the Explorers that the blood obtained from the drive was used to assist the victims of the tragic movie theater shooting that occurred in Aurora early the next morning.

The Montgomery County Police Explorer Program is always looking for young adults (ages 14 to 20) to join the group.  For more information on the Explorer Program and how to apply to the group, click here.

 

Some of the Explorers at the Competition

Police Seek Help in Locating Missing Silver Spring Juvenile

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Family Crimes Division and 3rd District officers are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile from Silver Spring.

Grant Hammond, age 17, of the 2400 block of Seminary Road in Silver Spring, was last seen by family at approximately 11:50 p.m. last night when he left home after an argument.

Hammond is described as an African-American male, 5’9” tall, and weighing approximately 145 pounds.  He has brown eyes and dark brown hair styled in an afro.  Hammond has braces on his teeth.  He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, plaid (multicolored) pajama pants, white socks, and black sandals.

Police and family are concerned for Hammond’s welfare because he is in need of medical attention.

If anyone has information regarding the possible location of Grant Hammond they are asked to immediately contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 or the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400.

Grant Hammond

MCP Detectives Close 25-Year-Old Rape Case Through DNA

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section, Cold Case Squad have solved a 25-year-old cold case rape through the use of DNA.

On May 31, 1987, a 20-year-old woman was raped in her apartment located in the Greencastle Woods neighborhood of Silver Spring.  Investigation revealed that the victim awoke to find a male subject armed with a knife inside her apartment.  The subject threatened her with the knife and proceeded to rape her.  The subject then fled from the apartment.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where DNA evidence was obtained.  The DNA evidence was submitted to the Crime Lab, but no suspects were developed at that time.

In February 2012, detectives were reviewing unsolved cases involving DNA evidence.  The DNA evidence that was obtained in 1987 was submitted to Bode Technology, and a suspect DNA profile was developed.  This information was relayed to detectives who then provided the DNA profile to the MCP Crime Lab to be loaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

On July 2, 2012, detectives were notified by the MCP Crime Lab that the DNA profile was a match to a convicted rapist, William David Trice, that had been responsible for two rapes in Anne Arundel County, MD in 1988.  Detectives learned that Thrice was already deceased as he had committed suicide in jail after being convicted in one of the Anne Arundel rape cases in January 2010.  (Read more about Anne Arundel cases here.)

In total, Thrice is linked to three now solved cold cases, one in Montgomery County and two in Anne Arundel County.  Due to the similarities in these cases and the short time frame in which these rapes occurred (1987-88), surrounding jurisdictions are encouraged to review any unsolved rape cases from the mid- to late 1980’s to determine whether a DNA profile can be run for a CODIS match.

Anyone with information about this case or possible related cases is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Detectives are also encouraging anyone that believes that they may have been a victim of Trice and never made a report to police to contact them at 240-773-5070.