Man Arrested for Sexual Solicitation of Juvenile

For approximately three months, a 12-year-old female, Bethesda resident had an online and cellular phone relationship with a man later identified as Nathan Samuel Portnoy, age 23, of the 2100 block of Emilys Lane in Falls Church, Virginia.  The juvenile victim portrayed herself as an adult during online conversations with Portnoy.  After several phone calls during which Portnoy discussed having sexual intercourse with the victim, he suggested they meet.

On August 24 at approximately 5:30 p.m., the victim and Portnoy met and played soccer at a park near the victim’s home in Bethesda.  Portnoy suggested that the two go to dinner and the victim entered Portnoy’s vehicle.  After a short distance, at the request of the victim, Portnoy stopped the vehicle and the victim exited.  Family members of the victim, who were driving in the area at the time, observed the victim exiting Portnoy’s vehicle and began to follow his vehicle.  Portnoy pointed a gun at the family members through the back window of his vehicle.  At that time, the family members stopped following Portnoy and called police.

The Family Crimes Division-Pedophile Section began to investigate the case and using vehicle registration records identified the suspect as Portnoy.  An arrest warrant was obtained by detectives for Portnoy, charging him with first degree assault, kidnapping of a child under 16, and sexual solicitation of a minor.

On August 25, Montgomery County Police officers arrested Portnoy on the strength of the arrest warrant as he was driving his vehicle near his home in Virginia.  Police officers also seized his vehicle.  On August 30, a search warrant was executed on Portnoy’s vehicle.  Evidence of value was collected to include: a loaded handgun, ammunition, gun holsters, handcuffs, zip ties, rope, a black ski mask, and several boxes of condoms.

Portnoy remains in the custody of the Virginia correctional system pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Police Family Crimes detectives continue to investigate the possibility of Portnoy’s involvement in other crime.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about Portnoy or who believe they have been a victim of a crime involving Portnoy to please call Family Crimes Detective Onorio at 240-773-5434.

 

Nathan Samuel Portnoy

3 Suspects Arrested for Armed Robbery in Olney

Yesterday evening at approximately 8:37 p.m., police responded to the unit block of Castle Garden Court in Olney for the report of an armed robbery and shots fired.

Investigation by officers on scene of the incident revealed that three people were inside a residence in the unit block of Castle Garden Court when they heard a noise coming from the backyard.  When the occupants went to investigate the noise, they realized that three dirt bikes were gone from the yard.  The three occupants exited the front door of the residence and were notified by a neighbor that he had observed three suspects pushing the dirt bikes on a path by the residence.  The three occupants, joined by another friend, followed the path and located the suspects with the dirt bikes.  All three suspects dropped the stolen bikes and fled on foot.  As two of the occupants (victims) were pushing the bikes back to the residence, the three suspects ran towards the two victims.  One of the suspects punched one of the victims in the face while another suspect pointed a handgun in the direction of the victims and shot the gun.  None of the victims were hit and they ran back to the residence to call police.  The suspects were last seen pushing the bikes in the area of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (18100 block of Prince Philip Drive).

Police units responded to the area and a lookout was placed for the three suspects.  K9 Units and a Maryland State Police helicopter responded to assist in the search for the suspects.  A K9 unit tracked one of the suspects and the suspect was arrested in the area.  This suspect has been identified as Michael Denis Woods, age 23, of the 3600 block of Ely Place in Washington, D.C.   A K9 unit located a pistol in the area of Woods’ apprehension.  Patrol units and detectives located the other two suspects in the area and placed them under arrest.  Those two suspects have been identified as Enoch Nelson, age 18, of an unconfirmed address and Junious Pierae Plummer, age 24, of the 500 block of Foxhall Place Southeast in Washington, D.C.  All three suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Woods has been charged with attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, armed robbery, wearing a handgun on person, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, armed robbery, and discharging a gun in an urban area.  Nelson has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.  Plummer has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and second degree assault.

Mugshots of the suspects will be added to the website as they become available.


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Police Ask For Help in Identifying Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

On July 25, police responded to a residence in the 4300 block of Prince Road in Rockville for the report of theft from auto.  Between the hours of 11:30 p.m. on July 24 and 7:00 a.m. on July 25, an unknown suspect(s) rummaged through two unlocked vehicles at the residence and stole cash.

On the same day, police responded to a residence in the 4400 block of Oak Hill Road in Rockville (approximately .7 miles from the first location) for the report of theft from auto.   An unknown suspect had stolen jewelry from an unlocked vehicle during the night hours.

During investigation by 4th District Property Crimes Detectives, a person who lives in the same block as the first victim (4300 block of Prince Road) realized that their home security camera had captured the suspect on video.  In the video, the suspect is attempting to open this resident’s vehicle doors, but is unsuccessful (presumably because the vehicle is locked).  The suspect then enters the unlocked garage and searches the interior of the garage using a flashlight.  The suspect leaves without any items.

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes this male suspect captured on home video surveillance to please call the 4th District Petty Crime Unit at 240-773-5476.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Montgomery County Police continue to remind people to lock their vehicle doors and garages to prevent theft.

 

 

 

 

Update: Missing Man Located

On August 16, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the vehicle of Kharon Hatorai Greene (“Torey”) was located unoccupied on Brighton Dam Bridge in Brookeville.

On August 24, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a WSSC worker located a body floating in the water of Brighton Dam.  Montgomery County Fire/Rescue, Howard County Fire/Rescue, and MCP recovered the body.  The body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for identification to be made.

Yesterday, MCP was notified by the Medical Examiner that the body was identified as Kharon Hatorai Greene.  At this time, the cause of Greene’s death is still to be determined.

The police department and Greene’s family thank the media and the community for publicizing this missing person case.