Update: Guests Robbed at Silver Spring Hotel, Suspect in Custody

JJuliusDetectives from the Major Crimes Division-Robbery Section have arrested an 18-year-old male believed to be involved in last night’s robbery of multiple guests at a Silver Spring hotel.

On January 25 at approximately 11:21 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Homewood Suites Hotel located at 8728 Colesville Road in Silver Spring for the armed robbery of multiple guests in a hotel room.  Preliminary investigation revealed that one female victim had rented a room at the hotel and notified friends via text that she was hosting a party at a specific room in the Homewood Suites Hotel.  During the evening, multiple guests arrived and sometime after 11:00 p.m., the host heard a knock at the door.  She looked through the peephole, observed a black male to the side of the door, and let him in the room, thinking he was another guest.  Once inside, the male produced a sawed-off shotgun and announced the robbery.  He took cash, personal items, phones, and other electronics from the eight victims.  He placed the property in a duffel bag that he had brought with him and fled the scene.

When police arrived, they developed information that the suspect may be in the area of the intersection of University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road. Officers boarded a Ride On bus and observed a subject with the same physical and clothing description that the victims had provided. There was also a duffel bag on the seat next to him.  Police asked him to exit the bus for questioning and he did so, leaving the duffel bag behind. A search of the bag yielded a sawed-off shotgun and property belonging to the victims.

The subject was arrested and is identified as Jackson Julius, 18 years old, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road.  He was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and other related firearm offenses. He is being held on $150,000 bond and is scheduled for bond review on Monday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville.

Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery of a Jewelry Store

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section continue to investigate an armed robbery of a business that occurred on January 21 at The Gold Spot, located at 11935 Georgia Avenue in the Glenmont area of Silver Spring.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., the suspect arrived at the business and pulled on the front door attempting to gain entry.  The business has controlled access, so when the suspect was seen at the door, the employee allowed him entry into the store.

Once inside, the suspect pulled down a mask to cover his face, produced a handgun from his waistband and announced the robbery.  The suspect demanded the employee to the rear of the store and was able to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash and gold jewelry before fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, 35-40 years of age, approximately 5’7”-5’10” tall, with a heavy build.  The suspect was wearing a jacket and jeans.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime or the suspect involved to contact Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000. 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***

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Update: Names Released in Cherry Hill Fatal Collision

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred last evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the area of Broadbirch Drive and Cherry Hill Road.

For reasons still under investigation, a 2002 maroon Mitsubishi Montero was traveling through the parking lot of the nearby Orchard Center shopping center when it left the travel area of the parking lot, drove over a curb, drove across the grass, and struck a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk along Broadbirch Drive.

The pedestrian was transported to the Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she succumbed to her injuries.  She is identified as Georgina Afful-Asare, age 54, of an unconfirmed address in the Briggs Chaney area.

The driver of the Montero was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  She is identified as Jane W. Ndungu Maranga, age 53, of the 13100 block of Wellford Drive in Beltsville, Maryland.

Anyone who witnessed this collision and has not yet spoken with CRU detectives is asked to call investigators at 240-773-6620 or call the police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Cherry Hill

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this evening at approximately 6:15 p.m., in the area of Broadbirch Drive and Cherry Hill Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that for reasons still unknown, a 2002 maroon Mitsubishi Montero was traveling through the parking lot of the nearby Orchard Center shopping center when it left the travel area of the parking lot, drove over a curb, across the grass, and struck a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk along Broadbirch Drive.

The pedestrian, an adult female, was transported to the Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she succumbed to her injuries.  The driver, also an adult female, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed this collision and has not yet spoken with CRU detectives is asked to call investigators at 240-773-6620, or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

Update: Arrest Made in Outlet Drive Safeway Robbery

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section have made an arrest in the assault and robbery of an elderly female that occurred on January 15th at the Safeway Store located at 13814 Outlet Drive in the Briggs Chaney area.  The suspect is identified as Ricky Antonio Jefferson, age 45, of the 14100 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring.

During the investigation of this robbery, detectives obtained video of the robbery captured on store surveillance and released the video and photographs to the public.  Officers also canvassed the area of the Safeway (located in the Briggs Chaney Shopping Center) and asked people if they knew or recognized the suspect.  As a result of these efforts, information was received that the suspect frequented the area of the Briggs Chaney Shopping Center and possibly lived in the area.  Plain clothes officers began surveillance of the area.

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m., plain clothes officers conducting surveillance observed a subject matching the description of the suspect walk down Castle Boulevard and enter an apartment building  in the 14100 block of Castle Boulevard.  The subject was wearing clothing similar to that worn by the suspect during the robbery.  At approximately 9:30 p.m., the suspect exited that apartment building and began walking towards the Briggs Chaney Shopping Center.  Officers stopped him and shortly thereafter, he was arrested without incident.  The suspect, identified as Jefferson, was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with robbery, second degree assault, and theft under $100.

A photograph of Jefferson is not available at this time.

(Written by :  R.I.)