Concern for Woman Missing from Silver Spring

Dieter, Lisa 5-7-69Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from Silver Spring.

Lisa Dieter, age 44, of the 600 block of University Blvd East, was last seen leaving her residence on Thursday, November 28 at approximately 10:30 a.m.  Ms. Dieter left on foot and stated that she was going to a local store.  She never returned to her residence.  She does not have access to a vehicle but she is familiar with public transportation.

Ms. Dieter was last seen wearing an oversized black jacket with fur on the hood, a brown sweater, black jeans, and white sneakers. She was carrying a purple backpack when last seen.  Ms. Dieter is described as 5’11” tall, weighing 170 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.  She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her neck.

Police are concerned for her welfare and mental well-being.  She is in need of medication that she does not have with her.

Anyone with information about Dieter’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

JMD

Results of Operation Turkey Chase – Holiday Season Task Force

CheckpointadjustedOn Wednesday night November 27, the Holiday Season Task Force began operations.  This multi-agency effort focuses on underage drinking and impaired driving.  Specialized enforcement efforts will continue through January 4, 2014.

Sobriety checkpoints, phantom checkpoints, saturation patrols, laser stop teams, and plainclothes operations will all be utilized during this period.

Operation Turkey Chase kicked off the Task Force.  The night before Thanksgiving typically brings an increase in alcohol related calls.

The results of “Operation Turkey Chase” are:

Traffic Stops – 131

DUI Arrests – 13

Traffic Citations Issued – 145

Criminal Arrests/Citations Issued – 6

Provisional License Violations – 3

For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Police – Traffic Division at 240-773-6600.

JMD

Rockville Man Arrested for Bank Robbery and Kidnapping

Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested a Rockville man for a bank robbery and kidnapping that occurred on October 29.

On October 29 at 9:35 a.m., officers responded to the SunTrust Bank located at 1475 Rockville Pike in Rockville.  Investigation revealed that shortly after 9:00 a.m., a suspect confronted a bank employee near a parking garage located at 198 Halpine Road.  The employee had just returned to the parking garage after opening the branch location at 1475 Rockville Pike.  The employee was forced at gunpoint to enter the suspect’s vehicle.  The suspect drove the victim back to the victim’s vehicle where the suspect stole personal property belonging to the victim.

The suspect then bound the victim’s arms and legs and placed him in the trunk of the suspect’s car.  The suspect drove to the SunTrust location at 1475 Rockville Pike where the victim was removed from the trunk and forced to enter the branch using his keys.  Once inside, the suspect confronted a second employee and removed money from the cash drawer before fleeing the scene.

Detectives developed information on the suspect and obtained a warrant for Michael Patrick, age 45, of the 1200 block of Autre Court in Rockville.  Patrick was arrested in Washington, D.C. on October 31.  He has waived extradition and is currently incarcerated in Montgomery County.  In this case, he has been charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Kidnapping, and one count of Firearm Use in a Crime of Violence.

Further investigation into recent armed robberies led detectives to also charge Patrick with two armed robberies that occurred at the Dollar Tree located at 1776 E. Jefferson Street in Rockville.  In these cases, a suspect armed with a gun confronted an employee near closing.  These robberies occurred on August 17 and October 19.

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

JMD

MCP Vice Unit Shuts Down Illegal Spa Businesses

During the months of September 2011 through January 2012, the Montgomery County Police – Vice and Intelligence Unit conducted a long-term investigation into a series of alleged prostitution brothels operating in the county under the guise of acupressure and massage establishments.  The investigation had been initiated when detectives noted a dramatic increase in the number of acupressure and massage parlor advertisements in the adult section of internet sites that cater to adult services.  In addition, the Montgomery County Police Department received numerous complaints from residents about the illegal operation of these businesses.  The investigation resulted in four business owners being arrested for involvement in human trafficking and prostitution.  Six such establishments were closed.

In October 2013, the Vice and Intelligence Unit was again alerted to an increased number of suspicious spa advertisements on the Internet and again began receiving resident complaints.  Detectives re-initiated a series of investigations in an attempt to eliminate the unlicensed spas.  These latest investigations have resulted in numerous establishments being closed for a variety of reasons including criminal activities and permitting violations.  Among the establishments that have been closed are:

  • Traditional Wellness – 9867 Main Street in Damascus
  • Green Apple Massage – 350C Christopher Avenue in Gaithersburg
  • Sunshine Day Spa – 615 S. Frederick Avenue, Unit B5 in Gaithersburg
  • Soothing Care Spa – 849C Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg
  • Massage Spring Spa – 11630 Rockville Pike in Rockville
  • Best Spa – 11625 Nebel Street in Rockville
  • Massage Center – 589 West Deer Park Road in Gaithersburg
  • LA Nails – 4928 St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda

Several individuals associated with the above establishments have been charged via district court summons for providing massage therapy without a license.  Other individuals have been charged civilly via the Department of Permitting Services with violations of use and occupancy permits.

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to work with the county’s Department of Licensing, Department of Permitting Services, and Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Maryland Board of Chiropractors, to combat these illegal establishments.

Detectives continue to investigate cases of illegal massage parlors and spas.  Anyone with information about illegal activity at massage businesses and spas in Montgomery County is asked to call the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.

JMS