Detectives Investigate Drowning at Community Pool

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Homicide and Sex Section are investigating a drowning that occurred at a community pool in the New Mark Commons area of Rockville.  Officers from the 1st District and Rockville Police along with Fire Rescue units were called to the pool in the 600 block of Tegner Way at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  Arriving officers located the victim and initiated CPR prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue.  The victim was subsequently transported by Fire Rescue to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital where additional life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased.

The investigation revealed that a group of juveniles entered the pool after closing.  At one point, the victim failed to resurface.  Individuals in the group called out to a person walking nearby who then called 911.

The victim is identified as Hafis Kareem, age 15, of the 700 block of Monroe Street in Rockville.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.


Police Investigate Homicide in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division- Homicide and Sex Section are investigating the death of an adult female in Silver Spring as a homicide.  An adult male suspect is in custody at this time.

At approximately 8:09 a.m. this morning, officers responded to an apartment in the 9700 block of Mt. Pisgah Road in Silver Spring for a check the welfare call.  A concerned co-worker called police after the victim had not shown up to work recently.  Officers knocked on the door but did not receive a response.  With the assistance of  Property Management, officers entered the apartment.  In the apartment, officers located the victim deceased with trauma to her body.  Officers also located the male suspect in the apartment and he was taken into custody.

Investigators believe that the suspect and victim were known to each other.  As it is early in the investigation, the nature of the relationship between the suspect and victim cannot be confirmed.  It cannot be confirmed if either the suspect or victim lived at the residence.

The department does not foresee additional information being released tonight regarding this investigation.






Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Detectives from the 5th/6th District Investigative Section are investigating a burglary of a business that occurred on May 30 in Montgomery Village.

On May 31, at approximately 9:37 a.m., 6th District officers responded to Multi Enviros, located at 19110 Montgomery Village Avenue, for a report of a burglary that had occurred earlier.  Investigation revealed that on May 30, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the suspect entered the business by smashing the front door.  The suspect removed a cash register from the business and fled.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that, after the burglary, the suspect went to the nearby Beer and Wine store and asked the owner of the store for a bandage.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video and photos of the suspect from the Beer and Wine store.

Today, detectives are releasing the video and the photos of the suspect (obtained from the Beer and Wine store) and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact detectives at 240-773-6237.  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.


Two Men Fatally Struck by CSX Train

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police- Major Crimes Division are investigating the deaths of two men who were struck by a CSX train in Garrett Park last night.  At this time, detectives are investigating the deaths as accidental.

At approximately 11:10 p.m. last night, the Emergency Communications Center received a call from CSX for two persons struck by an eastbound CSX train in the area of the Garrett Park Station (11101 Rokeby Avenue in Garrett Park).  Officers responded to the scene and located two deceased males.

Investigation has determined that the two victims were observed on the tracks by the train conductor.  The conductor applied the train brakes and sounded the horn multiple times before the train struck the victims.

The victims have been identified as Elvin Rojas, age 20, of Centerhill Street in Wheaton, and Alejandro Uribe, age 19, of Bluhill Road in Wheaton.