Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Juvenile

A-STRICKLANDDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile.

Abigail Leann Strickland, age 17, was last seen on December 30 at 12:00 p.m. in the 18500 block of Kingshill Road in Germantown.   Abigail is described as a white female, approximately 5’4” tall, and weighing 145 pounds.  She has dark blond hair, blue eyes, and wears dark-rimmed glasses.  She was last seen wearing a black University of Maryland hoodie, red jeans, black knee-high boots, and she was carrying rollerblades.

Police and family members are concerned because she has been diagnosed with a personality disorder which requires medication.

Anyone who has information regarding Abigail Leann Strickland or her whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Police Investigate Fatal Collision Involving Metrobus

LightBar2012Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a Metrobus that occurred this afternoon at the White Oak Shopping Center in Silver Spring.

On December 30 at approximately 3:34 p.m., 3rd District patrol officers responded to the White Oak Shopping Center for a personal injury collision.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman, who was the driver of the bus, pinned between a concrete retaining wall and a 2011 Newfoundland XDE Metrobus.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the bus apparently began to move after the driver had exited the bus.  The driver attempted to engage the brake by reaching through the driver’s window before being struck by the bus and pinned against the wall.  There were no passengers on the bus.

The deceased is identified as Thomasine Maria Smith, age 47, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Road, in Laurel, Maryland.  Ms. Smith was transported to a local trauma center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officials from WMATA and Metro Transit Police were on the scene and are assisting detectives with the investigation.  Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Officer Performs CPR on Infant on Randolph Road

policecarA Montgomery County Police officer is credited with taking life-saving actions after being flagged down and told that a 9-day-old baby boy was having trouble breathing.  This occurred just after 1:00 a.m. this morning on Randolph Road near Hammonton Place.

Officer Ben Crumlin, a patrol officer assigned to the midnight shift in the 3rd District (Silver Spring), was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Randolph Road.  As the vehicle approached Officer Crumlin’s cruiser, the driver began honking his horn and flashing his lights.

When the officer pulled over, he was informed by the occupants of the vehicle that they were enroute to the hospital with their infant who was having trouble breathing.  The officer checked the baby boy and discovered that he was not breathing at all.  The officer administered CPR and was able to revive the baby but he continued to have difficulty breathing.  Fire/Rescue units arrived and transported the infant to a local hospital where he was hospitalized for several hours and eventually released later in the morning.

Officer Crumlin is a 6-year-veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department.  Commander Don Johnson, of the 3rd District, said “Patrol officers never know what they face when they encounter a speeding vehicle at one o’clock in the morning.  It may be nothing more than a traffic violation or it could be a robbery that just occurred.  In this case, Officer Crumlin was called upon to use his medical training to save a life.”

Montgomery County officers receive CPR and other emergency medical training during the Academy and throughout their careers as part of annual In-Service training.  “Officer Crumlin’s training and experience and his ability to act quickly made a difference in this child’s life”, said Johnson.