Update: Suspect Vehicle Information in Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the fatal pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred on February 26 in Wheaton.

Based on vehicle evidence left at the scene, detectives have developed a description of the suspect vehicle.  The suspect vehicle is described as a late 1990’s to early 2000’s Toyota Corolla with an unknown color.  Damage should be to the right front corner of the vehicle to include (but not limited to) the headlight assembly.

Investigators continue to ask for information from the public regarding this collision.  Anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who saw something suspicious in the area around the time of the collision, or anyone who has information about the suspect vehicle (location, repairs made, etc.) is asked to call police at 301-279-8000.

Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision – Suspect Vehicle Information by Montgomery County Police Department

 

Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run – Suspect Vehicle Information (Spanish) by


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Arrest Made in Series of Commerical Robberies

Duane James

Duane James

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for 10 commercial robberies and two street robberies that occurred throughout the county between December 27, 2012 and February 17, 2013.

On February 17, 6th District officers responded to two reports of armed robberies that occurred within a short time in the same area.  At 9:23 p.m., officers responded to the Chinese Express located at 849 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg, and at 9:27 p.m., officers responded to the Exxon gas station located at 24A Montgomery Village Avenue in Gaithersburg.  At the Chinese Express, a suspect entered the restaurant, displayed a handgun, and demanded money.  The suspect did not obtain any money and fled.  At the Exxon, the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money.  The suspect obtained money and cigarettes and fled.  In both incidents, the suspect was described as a black male wearing a black ski mask and a black and gray jacket.

A short time later, a 6th District officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Christopher Avenue and Hellingly Place.  The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and recognized the driver as matching the suspect description for the robberies.  Based on surveillance video obtained from the robbery locations and evidence located in the vehicle, including a handgun, the suspect was placed under arrest for the earlier robberies.

The suspect was identified as Duane James, age 52, of the 18600 block of Mustard Seed Court in Germantown.  Further investigation by detectives determined that James was also responsible for the following commercial robberies:

  • December 27 – Tienda Sula Musica at 11409 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton
  • January 21 – Gold Spot at 11935 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring
  • January 29 – AT&T Unique Mobile at 13880 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton
  • February 2 – Liberty gas station at 623 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg
  • February 5 – Shell gas station at 260 North Washington Street in Rockville
  • February 8 – Wheaton Deli at 11413 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton
  • February 10 – Shell gas station at 2240 Viers Mill Road in Rockville
  • February 12 – Bel Pre Beer and Wine at 2251 Bel Pre Road in Wheaton

On February 18, James was charged with two counts of armed robbery for the Chinese Express and the Exxon robberies as well as having a handgun in a vehicle and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Following his arrest, robbery detectives obtained a warrant charging James with an additional nine armed robbery charges and three first-degree assault charges for the above listed robberies.

Detectives from the 4th District and the 5th District also obtained warrants for James charging him with an armed street robbery that occurred on January 13 at the Glenmont Metro station and an armed street robbery that occurred on February 10 in the Gaithersburg Square shopping center.

James is currently being held without bond.

JMS

Media Advisory: Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision Update

WHEN:          

Tonight, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:       

Bus stop at northbound Connecticut Avenue and Everton Street

WHAT:         

Captain Tom Didone, Director of the Montgomery County Police Traffic Division, will speak about the fatal pedestrian hit and run collision that occurred last evening.  Family members may be in attendance and may talk.  Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) Detectives will be distributing flyers to motorists, residents, and mass transit passengers.  The department is asking anyone with information about this fatal hit and run collision to call police.

Click here to read the full press release on this hit and run collision.

Note: The flyer (in English and in Spanish) will be uploaded to this release as soon as it is available.

Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery of Verizon Wireless Store in Plaza del Mercado

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section are investigating the armed robbery of a Verizon Wireless store that occurred last night in Plaza del Mercado.

On February 26, at approximately 8:07 p.m., officers from the 4th District responded to the Verizon Wireless store located at 2221 Bel Pre Road for a report of an armed robbery.  Investigation revealed that two store employees had been closing the business when two suspects entered the store.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun, forced the employees to the back of the store, and restrained them.  The suspects obtained an undisclosed number of cell phones and then fled from the store.

The suspects involved in this incident are described only as black males, both approximately 5’11”.  One weighed approximately 160-165 pounds, the other approximately 175 pounds.  Both were wearing jackets and dark-colored pants.  A third male suspect may also be involved, but no description of that suspect is available at this time.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident and/or the suspects involved is asked to contact 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.

JMS

Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal hit and run collision that occurred last night.

On Tuesday, at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers from the 4th District and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the area of Connecticut Avenue and Randolph Road for a report of a pedestrian struck. Responding units located the female victim just off southbound Connecticut Avenue at Everton Street. She was in the grassy area between the curb lane and the service road. The victim was transported to Suburban Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries Tuesday evening. The driver involved in the collision fled the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was crossing from east to west on Connecticut Avenue at Everton Street. She was on the south side of the intersection. The victim had crossed the northbound lanes safely but was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes. The victim is identified as Marlyn Eres Ali, 53 years old, of the 3800 block of nearby Elby Street.

At this time, investigators are not confirming the type of vehicle involved in this collision, but believe that it may have front-end damage.

The circumstances of this hit and run collision remain under investigation. Detectives are requesting that anyone with information concerning this collision or the vehicle and driver involved contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

PRS