Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Montgomery Village

LighBar2012Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred Friday afternoon in the 20700 block of Highland Hall Drive in Montgomery Village.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the 20700 block of Highland Hall Drive for a personal injury collision.   Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle turned onto Highland Hall Drive, did a “wheelie” and lost control of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle accelerated, struck the curb, travelled across a grass area, and struck the side of a house.  Upon striking the house, the motorcycle and its operator travelled through a side window and came to rest inside the residence.

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene within minutes and found the victim pinned underneath the motorcycle.  The deputy provided emergency medical care until arrival of Fire and Rescue units.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as Richard Mark Sampson, age 44, of Montgomery Village was transported to a local area hospital where he died from his injuries.  He was the owner of the residence that was struck.  No other persons were injured.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Advisory: Labor Day Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint

WHAT:   Labor Day Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint

WHERE: To Be Announced

WHEN:    Saturday, August 31 (11:00 p.m.) to Sunday, September 1 (3:00 a.m.)

Montgomery County Police, in partnership with Maryland State Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.  This enforcement is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day weekend campaign and is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.  The times of the checkpoint are approximate and the checkpoint will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.

Media personnel who are interested in covering this event may contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030.




MCP Officer Wins Gold in World Police and Fire Games

Officer Sherif Almiggabber

Officer Sherif Almiggabber

Montgomery County Police Officer Sherif Almiggabber returned home to the county recently after winning two Gold Medals in the World Police and Fire Games.  These games were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland from August 1-10, 2013.

Officer Almiggabber, a patrol officer in the 4th District,  won his two Gold Medals in Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling.  In 2011, he won Silver Medals in each event.

Officer Almiggabber trained and traveled on his own time, in addition to covering all expenses involving travel, registration, and lodging.

The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) is a biennial athletic event, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The WPFG Federation is an arm of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF), an American non-profit organization.

More information about the 2013 Belfast games is available at www.2013wpfg.com.

The next World Police and Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County, Virginia in 2015.


Detectives Release Photographs of Identity Theft Suspects

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-4th District Petty Crimes Unit are investigating a case of identity fraud and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

In August of 2013, a 35-year-old resident of Silver Spring received an approximately $20,000 credit card bill for an account that had been opened in his name.  An unknown person had opened the account and had used the credit card at various locations.  In July, a male suspect (shown in the photograph below) used the card at a beauty supply store in Beltsville.  When asked for identification by store personnel, the suspect provided a fictitious District of Columbia driver’s license that contained the suspect’s photograph and the victim’s name.  In August, the same male suspect and a female suspect (pictured below) made purchases at Target stores in Laurel and Largo.

Investigators are releasing photographs of the male and female suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.  Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this fraud case is asked to call the 4th District Petty Crimes Unit at 240-773-5476.  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 these crimes.




Identity Theft Suspects