Suspect Arrested for Multiple Commercial Burglaries

WillieVillery2Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 4th District and 1st District Investigative Sections have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for at least 18 burglaries in Montgomery County.

Willie Ray Villery, age 61, of no fixed address was arrested on April 24 and charged with 18 counts of burglary as well as multiple burglary-related charges.

Villery is charged with committing the following burglaries between December 7 to 8, 2013:

  • Subway – 1776 E. Jefferson Street
  • Subway – 1402 Rockville Pike
  • Subway – 1020 Rockville Pike
  • Choice Beer & Wine – 802 Rockville Pike (attempt)

Between December 10 to 11, 2013 (see link for more information on these burglaries):

  • Corner Bakery – 1 Grand Corner Avenue
  • Lindt Chocolate – 2 Grand Corner Avenue
  • Taco Bar 2 – 10003 Fields Road
  • Dunkin Donuts – 16220 Frederick Road, #104
  • Express Pharmacy – 16220 Frederick Road, #100
  • BP gas station – 16210 S. Frederick Road
  • Shell gas station – 15701 Frederick Road
  • Subway – 15106 Frederick Road, #B
  • Kwik Stop Beer Wine Deli – 15104 Frederick Road

Between April 20 to 21, 2014:

  • Roots Market – 16800 Georgia Avenue
  • Dunkin Donuts – 18100 Village Center Drive
  • Dunkin Donuts – 13424 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Dollar Plus Store – 13434 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Mobil gas station – 15450 Georgia Avenue

Following the series of burglaries that occurred between December 10 to 11, detectives released surveillance photos of the suspect.  With assistance from Rockville City Police and Gaithersburg Police detectives, Villery was identified as the suspect in the photos.  On April 18, an arrest warrant was obtained for Villery charging him with 13 burglaries – those that occurred between December 7 to 8 and December 10 to 11.

Following the burglaries that occurred between April 20 to 21, detectives obtained surveillance video from the burglarized establishments.  Detectives recognized Villery as the suspect in these burglaries.  A second arrest warrant was obtained for Villery charging him with an additional five burglaries.

Villery was arrested on April 24 in Washington, D.C.  He was then extradited to Montgomery County where he was served with both arrest warrants on April 28.  He is currently being held on two $50,000 bonds.

Detectives are continuing to investigate Villery’s involvement in additional burglaries throughout Montgomery County and in neighboring jurisdictions.


Detectives Investigate Serious Pedestrian Collision on Randolph Road

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision involving a pedestrian and a Ride-On bus that occurred this morning in Wheaton.

This morning, at approximately 5:09 a.m., 4th District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Randolph Road and Middlevale Lane for a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a Ride-On bus.  Investigation revealed that the pedestrian had been crossing the westbound lanes of Randolph Road.   The Ride-On bus was traveling on westbound Randolph Road in the curb lane of the roadway.  The Ride-On bus struck the pedestrian.  It is still under investigation whether the pedestrian was crossing the roadway in the crosswalk.

The pedestrian has been identified as Tsehay Demeke Woldemanuel, age 34, of the 1500 block of Billman Lane in Silver Spring.  She was transported to Suburban Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ride-On bus has been identified as Edward Donald Mericle, age 59, of the 12500 block of Lime Kiln Road in Fulton, Maryland.  The bus driver was not injured.

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.


Concern for Juvenile Missing from Silver Spring

WendyMongeDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Family Crimes Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile missing from Silver Spring.

Wendy Esmeralda Monge, age 17, of the 9100 block of Piney Branch Road, was last seen on April 10.  Monge is described as a Hispanic female, 5’06” tall, and weighing approximately 110 pounds.  She has brown eyes and long, black hair.  Monge is known to frequent the Silver Spring and Hyattsville areas and is familiar with the use of public transportation.

Police and family are concerned for Monge’s welfare because she has not been heard from or seen by family members since April 10.  Also, she has a medical condition that needs to be monitored.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Wendy Monge is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police – Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.


Police Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Gaithersburg Man

AustriaDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man missing from Gaithersburg.

Mario Ilano Austria was last seen at his residence in the 19400 block of Framingham Drive in Gaithersburg yesterday at approximately 6:00 a.m.  He is described as an Asian male, 5′ 7″ tall, and weighing 140 pounds.  He has salt- and pepper-colored hair and has difficulty speaking.  Mr. Austria is familiar with the use of public transportation and is known to use Ride-On buses and taxi cabs.  Police and family are concerned because he has multiple medical conditions that require medication.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mario Austria is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.