Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Two Missing Gaithersburg Juveniles

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Family Crimes Division are asking for the public’s help in locating two missing juveniles from Gaithersburg.

Karina Cornejo-Galdmaez, age 12, of the 9300 block of Merust Lane in Montgomery Village, was last seen at Montgomery Village Middle School on January 23 at the time of dismissal (approximately 2:30 p.m.).  Karina is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5’00’’ tall, and weighing 105 pounds.  She has brown eyes, brown shoulder length hair, and has a piercing on the right side of her lower lip.  She was  last seen wearing a black, North Face jacket, blue jeans, and a black shirt.

Rosa Rivas- Ascencio, age 14, of the 18000 block of Nathans Place in Gaithersburg, was last seen at Neelsville Middle School in Germantown on January 23 at the time of dismissal (approximately 2:30 pm).  Rosa is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5’03” tall, and weighing 113 pounds.  She has brown eyes and black shoulder length hair.  She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and dark blue jeans.

Based on detectives’ investigation, it is believed that the two juveniles are traveling together and may be in the area of Langley Park, Maryland.  Police and family are concerned for the girls’ welfare because of their ages and because of the length of time they have been away from home.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Karina Cornejo-Galdamez and/or Rosa Rivas-Ascencio is asked to immediately contact the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Rosa Rivas-Ascencio

Rosa Rivas-Ascencio

Karina Cornejo-Galdmaez

Karina Cornejo-Galdmaez

Weather Alerts Today – Safety Tips

The National Weather Service has issued several alerts for central Maryland, to include Montgomery County, for this afternoon through late tonight.  Storms that bring heavy rain, damaging winds, and flooding are possible today.  Here are some safety tips to keep in mind during these weather events :Lightning

Heavy Rain and Flooding

  •  Many roads in the county are susceptible to flooding.  Consider an alternate route before you begin traveling to your destination.
  • Exercise caution on the roadway.  Leave a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles on the road and remember to turn on your car headlights.
  • Do not drive through a flooded road.  “Turn Around – Don’t Drown” and try an alternate route!  Do not underestimate the power of moving water !
  • Know your location and do not become distracted while driving to your destination.  If you need Police or Fire&Rescue, you want to be able to provide your specific location.
  • If you encounter high water, turn around and drive to a safe spot.  Call the police non-emergency number (301-279-8000) so that emergency personnel are aware of the issue.

Damaging Winds

  • Damaging winds can cause downed trees and wires.  If you encounter downed trees or wires on a roadway, turn around !
  • Do not assume that a downed wire is safe simply because it is on the ground or it is not sparking – stay clear !
  • If you encounter a downed tree or wires, move to a safe spot.  Call the police non-emergency number (301-279-8000) so that emergency personnel are aware of the issue.
  • Secure outdoor items or bring the items inside until the storm passes.
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Arrest Made in Three Armed Robberies in Wheaton

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Joseph Urrutia

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for an armed robbery of a convenience store and an armed robbery of a bank that occurred yesterday in Wheaton.  The suspect is also responsible for an armed robbery of a bank that occurred on January 23.

On January 23, at approximately 4:17 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Capital One Bank located at 115 University Boulevard for a report of a bank robbery.  Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank, presented a note to the teller, and fled the bank prior to receiving any currency.  Detectives obtained surveillance video of the suspect in this robbery.

On January 28, at approximately 11:43 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the Kiss & Ride Convenience Store located at 11175 Georgia Avenue for a suspicious situation.  Investigation revealed that an armed robbery had just occurred at the store.  The suspect had entered the store, pointed a handgun at an employee, and obtained cash from the register and from the employee’s purse.  The suspect then fled from the store.

Later in the afternoon, at approximately 4:10 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Capital One Bank located at 11241 Georgia Avenue for a report of an armed robbery.  Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank and approached the teller window.  The suspect passed a note to the teller demanding cash and displayed a handgun.  After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank.

Following the bank robbery, a 4th District officer in the area observed a taxi cab awaiting a fare.  The officer inquired with the taxi driver as to who he was picking up.  While speaking with the taxi driver, the officer noticed a subject matching the description of the suspect in both robberies inside of a nearby business.  Officers stopped the suspect, detained him, and through investigative means determined that he was responsible for both robberies, as well as the Capital One bank robbery on January 23.  The suspect was placed under arrest.

The suspect is identified as Joseph Urrutia, age 47, of the 900 block of Benson Terrace in Silver Spring.  Urrutia was charged with three counts of armed robbery and is currently being held on a $125,000 bond.

Theft from Vehicles and Robberies in Germantown Believed To Be Related

Crime WatchDetectives from the 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a series of theft from vehicles and robberies in Germantown that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  Detectives are releasing a composite of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

Since December 26, 2012, there have been seven theft from vehicles and three robberies that have occurred in neighborhoods in the area of Frederick Road and Scenery Drive that are bordered by Middlebrook Road.  Below is a summary of the ten incidents:

  • Theft from Vehicle -December 26, 2012 – 11400 block of Locustdale Terrace in Germantown – At approximately 9:00 a.m., the suspect forced entry into the vehicle and took the victim’s purse. The suspect was not seen by the victim.
  • Theft from Vehicle– December 31, 2012 – 20000 block of Gateshead Circle in Germantown – Between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., the suspect forced entry into the vehicle and took the victim’s purse and electronic devices. The suspect was not seen by the victim.
  • Theft from Vehicle-January 2, 2013 – 20000 block of Appledowre Circle in Germantown – At approximately 8:00 p.m., the suspect opened the unlocked vehicle and stole the victim’s purse. The suspect was not seen by the victim.
  • Theft from Vehicle-January 8, 2013 – 19900 block of Appledowre Circle in Germantown – At approximately 7:55 a.m., the victim and her daughter were sitting inside a vehicle in front of the residence.  The suspect opened the unlocked passenger side door and stole the victim’s purse.
  • Theft from Vehicle-January 9, 2013-20100 block of Locustdale Drive in Germantown– Between 5:40 a.m. and 6:20 a.m., electronics and cash were stolen from the victim’s vehicle.  There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle and the victim did not see the suspect.
  • Theft from Vehicle -Between January 11 and 12, 2013- 100 block of Appledowre Court – Between 10:00 p.m. on January 11 and 8:00 a.m. on January 12, the suspect forced entry and stole the victim’s purse.
  • Theft from Vehicle-Between January 11 and 12, 2013- 100 block of Appledowre Court – Between 10: 00 p.m. on January 11 and 8:00 a.m. on January 12, the suspect forced entry and searched the vehicle.  Nothing was taken.
  • Robbery – January 14, 2013- 11300 block of Halethorpe Terrace – At approximately 8:32 p.m., the 50-year-old victim was opening her vehicle door in the residential parking lot.  The suspect reached into the driver’s side of the vehicle and removed a purse and jewelry from the victim.  The suspect implied that he had a weapon but it was not seen by the victim.  The suspect then fled on foot.
  • Robbery (Attempt) – January 22, 2013 –19900 block of Dunstable Circle – At approximately 6:37 a.m., the 47-year-old victim was in her vehicle in the driveway.  The suspect approached the vehicle and attempted to open the driver and front passenger doors.  The suspect yelled at the victim and fled on foot after discovering that the doors were locked.
  • Robbery – January 28, 2013 – 20000 block of Appledowre Circle – At approximately 9:05 p.m., the 46-year-old victim was exiting her vehicle in the parking lot when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect demanded money and threatened to hurt the victim with a weapon (no weapon was seen by the victim).  When the victim stated she had no money, the suspect punched the victim in the face.  The suspect then took property and fled on foot.  The victim suffered a small laceration to her face.

** It should be noted that all of these residences are associated with multi-unit/ community parking lots.**

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, 18 to 28 years old, and with a round face. He is approximately 5’7″ and approximately 140 pounds.  During the January 22 robbery the suspect was described as wearing a black knit cap, blue jeans, and a turquoise, zipper jacket.  Detectives are releasing a composite of the suspect.

Anyone with information about these crimes or the suspect is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6200.  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 these felony crimes.

Police are urging residents to lock vehicle doors and remove valuables from vehicles.  Police are also asking residents that live in this area to have a heightened sense of awareness and to call 9-1-1- if they believe they see the suspect.

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Written by: RLI