Investigators with the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision involving a bicyclist and vehicle that occurred this morning.
Today at approximately 6:54 a.m., police and Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection of Woodfield Road and Airpark Road for the report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation by CRU revealed that a 2004, silver Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound on Woodfield Road and was continuing on a green light through the intersection of Airpark Road. The bicyclist was attempting to cross Woodfield Road from east to west on the south side of the Airpark intersection when she was struck by the vehicle. The driver of the striking vehicle as well as numerous witnesses stopped at the scene and spoke with police.
Further investigation revealed that the bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was in the crosswalk but was crossing against the pedestrian signal. The bicyclist was accompanied by a 16-year-old female friend also on a bicycle. The friend was not injured.
The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital in serious condition and remains in the hospital with life-threatening-injuries.
The bicyclist has been identified as Nicole Marie Polen, age 15, of the 19900 block of Burchap Place in Montgomery Village. Nicole will be a sophomore at Gaithersburg High School at the start of the new school year on Monday.
The driver has been identified as William Earle Maselas, age 30, of the 4200 block of Charley Forest Street in Olney. Maselas did not have any injuries.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision and have not already talked to investigators to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435. Callers may remain anonymous.
The police department will make every effort to update Polen’s condition later today.
Beginning in early June, the area of Montgomery Village began to experience robberies of pizza delivery employees. Detectives investigating the robberies noted similarities between the robberies, and concluded that the robberies were most likely committed by the same suspect. Some similarities between the robberies are as follows:
- All pizza orders were placed through the internet
- In each robbery the victim (delivery employee) was approached by a masked black male and ordered to give money (and pizza in some of the robberies)
- In each robbery the suspect displayed a gun (later determined to be a pellet gun)
- Phone numbers provided by the “customer” online were business phone numbers or disconnected numbers
- Fictitious names were provided by the “customer” online
- Many of the addresses provided by the “customer” were vacant residences
- Robberies occurred in late evening hours, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
During the investigation, 5th District detectives developed MARCUS A. ADDISON, age 17, of the 19000 block of Mills Choice Road in Montgomery Village as a possible suspect. Plain clothes officers began surveillance of ADDISON while detectives began coordinating with local pizza establishments to be apprised of suspicious orders. On August 20 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Domino’s Pizza in Flower Hill received an online pizza order for a residence in the 18900 block of Smoothstone Way in Montgomery Village. The number provided by the “customer” was disconnected. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on that night, plain clothes officers observed ADDISON leave his home through a bedroom window. ADDISON then walked in the direction of Smoothstone Way. As ADDISON walked, he donned a black ski mask. ADDISON walked to the residence on Smoothstone Way where the pizza was to be delivered and concealed himself in the bushes outside of the residence. Officers cancelled the pizza delivery and ADDISON was notified of the cancellation via a phone-based pizza delivery application. At 11:45 p.m., the Domino’s Pizza in Flower Hill received another pizza order with the same customer name but a different residence in the same block of Smoothstone Way. That pizza order was also cancelled by police. ADDISON then walked back to his residence. Plain clothes officers attempted to stop ADDISON at his residence but ADDISON fled on foot. Officers pursued ADDISON on foot and were able to affect an arrest in the Montgomery Village Center parking lot (19100 block of Montgomery Village Avenue) . Officers recovered a black pellet gun that ADDISON discarded during the foot pursuit and located a black ski mask on his person.
Subsequent to his arrest, ADDISON was interviewed by detectives and admitted to six additional armed robberies of pizza delivery employees in Montgomery County. In total, ADDISON has been charged as an adult with two counts of attempted armed robbery (for the two incidents on August 20) and six counts of armed robbery for the following incidents:
- June 5, 2012 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, Montgomery Village
- June 10,2012 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 400 block of Christopher Avenue, Gaithersburg
- June 20, 2012 at approximately 11:35 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 9900 block of Lake Landing Road, Gaithersburg
- July 23, 2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 19000 block of Mills Choice Road, Montgomery Village
- August 6, 2012, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Papa John’s Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
- August 8, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Domino’s Pizza Delivery, 18900 block of Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
Due to ADDISON’S age, a mugshot will not be provided to the public.
On August 18, at approximately 11:30 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a residence on Steeple Court in Germantown for a report of a burglary in progress. The homeowners had contacted police after they had arrived home to discover the lights on and two subjects inside their residence. The homeowners kept police apprised of the subjects’ movements until units arrived at the residence.
After arriving, officers were observing the subjects inside of the residence when one subject ran out of the rear door of the residence. The subject was apprehended and found to be in possession of property stolen from the residence. A second subject ran out of the front door of the residence and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. This subject was also in possession of property stolen from the residence.
Further investigation revealed that the subjects had kicked in the rear basement door in order to gain access to the residence.
One of the burglary suspects is a 15-year-old male from the 19000 block of Steeple Place in Germantown. His identity and photo will not be released as he is a juvenile. He was charged as a juvenile with first-degree burglary, theft over $1,000, and malicious destruction of property. The second suspect is identified as Bryan Tyrone Littlejohn, age 20, of no fixed address. Littlejohn was charged with first-degree burglary, theft over $1,000, and malicious destruction of property and released on bond.
Bryan Tyrone Littlejohn
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on August 17 in Etchison.
On August 17, at approximately 9:10 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Damascus Road and Laytonsville Road for a report of a personal injury collision. Investigation revealed that a 2010 Toyota Camry had stopped at a stop sign on Laytonsville Road at Damascus Road. The driver, identified as Guiling Zhao, age 44, of the 10600 block of Hillingdon Road in Woodstock, entered the intersection into the path of a 2008 Toyota Corolla operated by Robert Kenneth Clements, age 53, of the 1100 block of Hornell Drive in Silver Spring. The Toyota Corolla, which had been traveling eastbound on Damascus Road, struck the Toyota Camry.
Two of the passengers in the Toyota Corolla were transported from the collision scene to the hospital for what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. However, on August 18, one of the passengers, identified as Runette Parkhouse Clements, age 75, died at the hospital from injuries that she sustained from the collision. Runette Clements had been the left rear seat passenger in the vehicle.
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.
The Montgomery County Police–Financial Crimes Section is asking for the public’s help in identifying a male and female suspect who have targeted financial institutions in Montgomery County and the metropolitan area. Between June 6 and June 11, the two suspects are known to have received over $10,000 from passing fraudulent checks.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspects have illegally obtained business account information and have used those records to create counterfeit business checks. The male and female have then passed the fraudulent checks at banks and have received United States currency.
The male suspect is described as African-American, with a medium build. In the photo, the male suspect is wearing his hair in long cornrows or dreads and has a goatee. He is also wearing glasses.
The female suspect is described as African-American, with a medium build, and is wearing her hair in a Mohawk.
Financial Crimes Detectives are asking that anyone who recognizes either of these suspects to please contact the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 240-773-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES).
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