Armed Robbery of Gaithersburg Pizza Hut

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section are seeking help from the public to identify the suspect responsible for an armed robbery of the Pizza Hut located in the 200 block of Muddy Branch Road in the Festival Shopping Center in Gaithersburg, that occurred today, December 26.

At approximately 1:43 p.m. police received a call from a woman who had called the Pizza Hut to order a pizza. When her call was answered she was told that the store was being robbed and she could hear someone demanding money.

Montgomery County Police and Gaithersburg City Police arrived on the scene and confirmed that an armed robbery of the business had occurred. The investigation revealed that the suspect, armed with a gun, had obtained an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was last seen fleeing the store on foot. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a cap and dark jacket.

Anyone who has information about the robbery and/or suspect is asked to call the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.

*** Please note: Crime Solvers has recently increased their cash reward amount from up to $1,000 to up to $10,000***

Concern for Missing Takoma Park Woman

Detectives from the 3rd District are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman from Takoma Park.

Natacha Jean Baptiste, age 39, of the 8100 block of Chester Street in Takoma Park, last had contact with family on December 22 at approximately 9:00 p.m.  Baptiste had made plans to visit family in New York with an arrival date of December 24. Baptiste has failed to arrive in New York and has not been in touch with her family. Baptiste does not drive and it is believed that she planned on taking public transportation to New York.

Baptiste is described as an African American female, approximately 5’9’’ tall, wearing glasses, and weighing approximately 190 pounds.  At the present time, Baptiste is wearing her hair in braids.

Police and family are concerned for Baptiste because it is not like her to lose contact with her family.  Detectives do not know if Baptiste left her Takoma Park residence for New York, but packed suitcases were found in her residence.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Natacha Baptiste is asked to immediately contact the Montgomery County Police using the following non-emergency number: 301.279.8000.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Natacha Baptiste

Natacha Baptiste

Missing Woman from Bethesda Sought

Frances KressDetectives from the 1st District are asking the public for assistance in locating an 84-year-old woman.

Frances Granger Kress of the 8100 block of Cindy Lane in Bethesda was last seen earlier today at her residence. She left driving a light blue 2005 Jaguar bearing Maryland tags 1DPF74. She was wearing a dark purple sweatsuit and a white coat. Ms. Kress is described as 5′ 6″ – 5′ 7″ tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds. She has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and also suffers from Dementia.

Police and family are concerned for her welfare and are asking anyone who sees her or knows her whereabouts to call police immediately.