Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this afternoon in Silver Spring.
This afternoon, at approximately 2:23 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the intersection of Columbia Pike (MD 29) and Tech Road for a report of a personal injury collision involving a pedestrian and a school bus.
Investigation revealed that a school bus contracted by Howard County Public Schools was traveling northbound on Columbia Pike. The pedestrian, an adult male, was crossing Columbia Pike from westbound to eastbound in the crosswalk. The pedestrian had safely crossed the southbound lanes and was continuing across the northbound lanes when he was struck by the bus. Investigation into the traffic signal sequences at this intersection continues.
The pedestrian has been identified as Elia Miranski, age 91, of the 12300 block of Featherwood Drive in Silver Spring.
The bus driver has been identified as Lori Jean Latimer, age 52, of the 6600 block of Deep Run Parkway in Elkridge, Maryland.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000. Callers may remain anonymous.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Major Crimes Division continue to investigate three gas station robberies that occurred in August of 2013 that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect. Investigators have been able to enhance the quality of surveillance photographs of the suspect and are releasing these photographs to the public.
On August 23, 2013 at approximately 6:57 p.m., a suspect entered the Shell gas station located at 9510 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded currency and cigarettes. After obtaining cash and cigarettes, the suspect fled from the store. On August 26 ,2013 at approximately 8:46 p.m., a suspect entered the Sunoco gas station located at 12040 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes. He received those items and fled from the store. On August 28, 2013 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a suspect entered the Shell gas station located at 11150 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring and displayed a handgun. He stole cash and cigarettes.
Investigators believe that the robberies were committed by the same suspect based on surveillance photographs and the similar actions of the suspect. Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect from the photos or has information about these robberies to 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. Tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are continuing to investigate a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this evening at the Rockville Metro station.
Tonight at approximately 7:20 p.m., Montgomery County police officers and Rockville City police officers responded to the Rockville Metro station located at 250 Rockville Pike for the report of a pedestrian struck. Preliminary investigation has revealed that a pedestrian was walking across the entrance of the metro station. A Ride On bus struck the pedestrian as the bus was attempting to make a left turn from westbound Park Road into the entrance of the Rockville Metro station.
The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The pedestrian is being identified as Anicia Caringal Castillo, age 62, of the 7300 block of Paxton Road in Falls Church, Virginia.
The driver of the bus is being identified as Daryll Norvell Banks, age 42, of the 12500 block of Catalina Drive in Lusby, Maryland.
The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. There were two passengers on the bus who were no longer on scene when police responded to the collision. Detectives would like those individuals and anyone else with information regarding this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620 or call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000. Callers may remain anonymous.
1/26/14 – Names updated on release
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged a suspect for the robbery of the Capital One bank in Olney that occurred on February 20. Michael Williamson, age 29, of the 3300 block of Buehler Court in Olney, was arrested on the evening of February 20 and charged with one count of armed robbery.
On February 20 at approximately 1:04 p.m., officers responded to the Capital One bank located at 18104 Town Center Drive in Olney for the report of a bank robbery. Investigation revealed that the male suspect, later identified as Williamson, entered the bank and passed a note to the teller. The note demanded money and implied that the suspect had a gun. The suspect received cash and exited the bank.
Robbery investigators disseminated a bank surveillance photograph of the suspect to officers. An officer contacted investigators and identified the suspect as Williamson. At approximately 5:40 p.m., officers patrolling the downtown Wheaton area notified officers that they had just arrested a suspect, identified as Williamson, for possession of marijuana. During a search incident to arrest, officers located cash in Williamson’s pants pocket; that cash was identified as proceeds from the bank robbery. Officers also located a knit cap on Williamson, which was similar to the cap worn by the suspect in the bank robbery.
During questioning, Williamson admitted to committing the bank robbery. He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held on $75,000 bond.
Rita Cummings, age 70, of the 18200 block of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village, has been located safe and unharmed.
Police and family thank those who publicized and shared this missing person case.