Police Investigate Child Falling from Fourth Floor Apartment

On March 25, at about 9:11 a.m., Montgomery County Police and Fire/Rescue responded to the 3800 block of Bel Pre Road for the report of a three-year-old girl that had fallen out of an apartment window.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the 3 year-old-girl had fallen out of a fourth story window to the ground below.  She was transported to Holy Cross Hospital for initial treatment and then to Children’s Hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.  Police have determined that two adult family members were home at the time.

As is protocol, detectives from the Family Crimes Division are investigating the circumstances surrounding this event.

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Fatal Single Vehicle Collision in Gaithersburg Investigated

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred early this morning in Gaithersburg.

At approximately 1:02 a.m., an off-duty police employee called 9-1-1 to report a gray pick-up truck being driven erratically.  Police started to respond to the area and a lookout was placed for the vehicle.  One officer arrived to the area of Route 108 and Hawkins Creamery Road but before he could get the driver to stop, the vehicle left the eastbound lane of Route 108 and struck a tree.  The driver succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

The driver has been identified as Jose Antonio Ayala, 49 years old, of Fullview Court in Gaithersburg.  Family members stated that Mr. Ayala was a diabetic and insulin dependent.  He was last seen by family at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, when he left the house for groceries.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Police Investigate Fatal Collision in Derwood

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal vehicle collision that occurred this afternoon in Derwood.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., officers from the 6th District and Fire Rescue personnel responded to the area of Shady Grove Road just west of Muncaster Mill Road for the report of a single vehicle collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2003 BMW X5 was traveling westbound on Shady Grove Road. For reasons still unknown, the vehicle  left the roadway between Muncaster Mill Road and Mill Run Drive and struck several trees and a fence.  The driver, identified as Standford Wilson, Jr, age 61, of the 20000 block of Mattingly Terrace in Gaithersburg, was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who has information about this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision on Clopper Road

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian and a school bus that occurred this morning on Clopper Road.

This morning, at approximately 6:26 a.m., 6th District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the area of Clopper Road and Metropolitan Grove Road for the report of a personal injury collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a pedestrian was crossing Clopper Road just east of Metropolitan Grove Road.  The pedestrian was struck by a Montgomery County school bus that was traveling westbound on Clopper Road.

The pedestrian has been identified as George Pezdirtz III, age 55, of the 900 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.  Pezdirtz succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the collision.

The driver of the school bus has been identified as Telma Elizabeth Ramirez, age 57, of the 19200 block of Hempstone Avenue in Poolesville.  Ramirez remained on scene of the collision and provided information to investigators.  There were no students on board the school bus at the time of the collision.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Detectives are asking anyone that witnessed or may have information about this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Police Investigate Home Invasion Shooting

This morning at approximately 12:46 am, 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Freeland Road in the Aspen Hill area for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.  At the home, police located a 14-year-old female who had been shot in the ankle and a 55-year-old male who had been shot in the upper body.

Preliminary investigation by Robbery detectives has revealed that just before 12:46 a.m., two suspects forced entry through a door into the home on Freeland Road.  The armed suspects demanded money from the house residents.  During the interaction between the suspects and residents, a 14-year-old female and a 55-year old male were shot.  After the shooting, the suspects fled from the home.  The suspects are described as white males who are both between the ages of 20 and 25.

Both victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

At this time, detectives believe there is some association between the suspects and residents.

Anyone who has information regarding this shooting 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.

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