A 4th District officer received the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Award at the Community Awards Banquet held last night at the Hollywood East Cafe in Wheaton.
Officer Andrew Suh, a three-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, received the Public Safety Award in recognition of his involvement in several complex investigations and quality arrests for serious crimes. Most recently, Officer Suh was involved in arrests related to three major felony events in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.
In January 2013, the Capitol One Bank on Georgia Avenue was robbed by a suspect with a handgun. This was the second commerical robbery of the day committed by the suspect. The suspect had fled from the bank in a taxi cab. Officer Suh circulated in the area of the bank robbery and observed a taxi cab parked in front of a nearby barber shop. Officer Suh went inside the barber shop and located the robbery suspect sitting in a barber chair covered in red paint from the dye pack that had exploded on him as he fled from the bank. Officer Suh arrested the suspect, thereby closing both armed robberies from that day. Of special note, this was Officer Suh’s second arrest of an armed bank robbery suspect in his three years as a police officer.
In February 2013, Officer Suh responded to a report of suspicious subjects walking through backyards. He located two men in the yards, and investigation revealed that they had just committed a residential burglary. The two men were arrested.
Seven days following the burglary arrest, Officer Suh responded to a burglary in which the victim’s credit cards were stolen and several fraudulent purchases were subsequently made. Officer Suh developed two suspects in this burglary and confirmed their identity by viewing video surveillance from establishments where the purchases were made. Officer Suh arrested both suspects and subsequently identified and arrested a third.
These cases are a sampling of the cases that portray Officer Suh’s commitment to the residents and businesses in the 4th District. Officer Suh is a highly motivated officer and an accomplished investigator who regularly goes above and beyond what is required of him in his effort to prevent and detect crime.
City of Gaithersburg Police Press Release
Contact: Dan Lane, Public Information Officer
City of Gaithersburg Police Department
For Immediate Release
Gaithersburg, MD (April 25, 2013). Detectives from the Gaithersburg Police Investigative Section are investigating an attempted kidnapping incident that occurred in the 500 block of Midsummer Drive on April 22, 2013. Today, detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify a possible suspect.
On April 22, 2013, at approximately 6:54 p.m., the victim, a 14-year-old male, stated that he was running along the sidewalk of Midsummer Drive when an unknown Hispanic male exited a van and grabbed him by the arm. The victim pushed the male away and ran in the opposite direction away from the suspect. The suspect then got back into the van and drove away towards Muddy Branch Road.
The suspect has been described as a Hispanic male, with a medium complexion, muscular build, with short black hair, 6’0″- 6’01”, 190-210 lbs, with a goatee, brown eyes, a round face and sideburns that go to the middle of his ears. He was last seen wearing a white crew neck style t-shirt, ¾ length sleeves, white pants and tan boots, possibly work style. The van has been described as a square style, similar to a delivery or painter van, possibly a Ford or Chevy model, white in color with the passenger and rear having a red trim along the top. The license plate is located to the right rear of the bumper and has round shaped brake lights and square shaped blinkers. It has a passenger side sliding door and the wheels are solid black with no hubcaps. The front passenger side window is extremely tinted.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about this attempted kidnapping or the suspect involved to contact the Gaithersburg Police Investigations Section at 301-258-6400. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the Gaithersburg Police Tip Line at 301-330-4471. Crimes Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.
*** Please note: Crime Solvers has recently increased its cash reward amount from up to $1,000 to up to $10,000***
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division – Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Section have arrested a Gaithersburg man for the sexual abuse of two children that occurred at a day care located in Montgomery Village.
On March 13, detectives from the Family Crimes Division received information that a 3-year-old female and a 7-year-old female had been sexually abused during time spent at their day car provider. The children had provided the information to their mother who then contacted police.
Investigation revealed that the children attended the Playing and Learning Family Child Care located in the basement of a residence in the 18000 block of Royal Bonnett Circle in Montgomery Village. While at the day care, both were sexually abused by the husband of their day care provider, identified as David Fernando Javier Zarayasi, age 66, of the same address.
On March 14, Zarayasi was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of committing a second degree sex offense, and two counts of committing a third degree sex offense. Zarayasi is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
The investigation is continuing into whether other children who attended the day care were sexually abused by Zarayasi. Detectives are asking that anyone who has knowledge of inappropriate contact between Zarayasi and a child contact the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400. Also, any parent that has a child that attended or is attending the Playing and Learning Family Child Care should take this opportunity to speak to the child about any inappropriate behavior that may have occurred. Anyone who believes that their child may have been a victim of Zarayasi is also asked to contact the Family Crimes Division.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Family Crimes Division are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile from Silver Spring.
Mignon Boyd, age 16, of the 2000 block of Marlow Farm Terrace in Silver Spring, was last seen at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville) on April 23 at approximately 7:00 am. Mignon is described as an African American female, approximately 5’7’’ tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has brown eyes and long, black hair with burgundy highlights worn in thick individual braids. She has pierced ears and wears an earring on her upper right ear. Mignon frequently uses the bus for transportation and is known to visit stores in the 12000 block of Cherry Hill Road (Target, Chipotle, etc.) and stores in the White Oak Shopping Center.
Police and family are concerned for Mignon’s welfare because she has not contacted family.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mignon Boyd 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.