Detectives Arrest Carjacking Suspects After Suspects Return to Scene of Crime; Third Suspect Still Sought

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Major Crimes Division have arrested brothers, Antonio Knox, age 20, of the 700 block of Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring, and Anthony Knox, age 21, of the 11800 block of Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, with an armed carjacking that occurred on June 27 in Silver Spring.

On June 27 at approximately 11:51 p.m., patrol officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 8101 Fenton Street in Silver Spring for an armed carjacking that had just occurred.  The 27-year old victim spoke with officers and stated that she was sitting in the passenger seat of a 2014 Ford Focus in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven.  Her friend, who had been driving, had gone inside of the store to make a purchase.  As the victim was waiting for her friend, three males approached the vehicle.  One of the suspects pushed the victim’s head (her vehicle window was open) while another suspect displayed a handgun.  The victim fled from the vehicle and called police.  At approximately 1:25 a.m., patrol officers located the stolen Ford Focus, parked and unoccupied, in the 700 block of Silver Spring Avenue.

That night into the next morning, Major Crimes detectives continued to investigate the crime at the 7-Eleven.  At approximately 1:40 a.m. (June 28),  two of the suspects, now identified as Antonio and Anthony Knox, returned to the 7-Eleven.  The victim, who was speaking with detectives in the store parking lot, immediately identified the suspects.  The suspects were then arrested by officers.  During police questioning, both suspects admitted to involvement in the crime.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with armed carjacking.

Detectives continue to investigate the identity of the third suspect involved in this crime and are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect.  Investigators believe that the third suspect goes by the nickname of “Freak.”  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this carjacking or the unidentified suspect 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.


Unidentified Suspect - Nickname of "Freak"

Unidentified Suspect – Nickname of “Freak”

Antonio Knox

Antonio Knox

Anthony Knox

Anthony Knox

Suspect Arrested for Robbery of Papa John’s

cannonDetectives from the Montgomery County Police- Major Crimes Division have arrested Calvin Coolidge Cannon III, age 22, of the 14100 block of Castle Boulevard for the May 29 armed robbery of the Papa John’s restaurant located at 1133 East West Highway in Silver Spring.

Cannon displayed a taser to obtain an undisclosed amount of funds from the restaurant. The suspect was later identified and detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cannon. Cannon was located and arrested without incident on June 26. A search warrant was executed at Cannon’s residence where detectives recovered a taser.


Police Investigate Robbery and Kidnapping in Silver Spring – Suspect Photos Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating allegations of an armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred this morning in the Calverton area of Silver Spring.

This morning, at approximately 11:04 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Bank of America located at 11499 Columbia Pike for a report of a robbery.  Upon arriving, officers located a male subject inside of the bank who claimed that he had been forced to withdraw money from a bank account.  The victim told officers that he had been forced to the bank by three suspects from a room at the Marriott located at 12521 Prosperity Drive.

At approximately 11:24 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Home Depot located at 2300 Broadbirch Drive for a report of a kidnapping.  Upon arriving, officers determined that the kidnapping victim had been held at gunpoint in a hotel room at the Marriott located at 12521 Prosperity Drive.

Victim #1 (at Home Depot) related that he had been asleep in his room at the Marriott when, at approximately 6:30 a.m., he heard a knock on the door.  He opened the door and three male suspects entered the room, one armed with a handgun.  The suspects requested money from the victim, and the victim provided them with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspects claimed that it was not enough money and that the victim would have to provide more.

The victim then called a friend (victim #2 – at Bank of America) and asked him to come to the room.  Victim #2 arrived and was also held inside the room by the suspects.  The suspects then forced victim #2 to accompany them to the bank to withdraw money from his bank account.

Two of the male suspects took victim #2 to a vehicle driven by another female suspect.  The third male suspect stayed in the room with victim #1 at gunpoint.  The three suspects drove victim #2 to the Bank of America, and one of the suspects accompanied Victim #2 inside the bank.  Before approaching the teller, Victim #2 wrote a note on the withdrawal slip asking the teller to contact police.  The teller contacted police, and the suspect fled from the bank along with the other two suspects who had come to the bank.

A short time later, the call from the Home Depot was received.  Victim #1 told police that the suspect in the hotel room had received a phone call and had left the room.  Victim #1 fled from the room to Home Depot where he contacted police.

Neither of the victims were injured in this incident.

Victim #1 claims that he was at Maryland Live Casino last night.

This is still a very active investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identities of the suspects involved is asked to contact 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.



UPDATE (5:37 p.m.):  Detectives have released surveillance photos of the suspect that accompanied Victim #2 inside of the Bank of America.


Update: Suspect in Piney Branch Stabbing to be Charged with First Degree Murder

Blanco-MelgarDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are continuing to investigate a stabbing that occurred on June 19 on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.

On June 19, the suspect, Ulises A. Blanco-Melgar, age 31, of the 7300 block of 18th Avenue in Hyattsville, was charged with one count of attempt first degree murder, one count of first degree assault, and one count of second degree assault.

The victim in this incident, now identified as Tomas Herrera Batres, age 49, of the 8200 block of Piney Branch Road, succumbed to his injuries on June 23.

An arrest warrant has now been obtained charging Blanco-Melgar with one count of first degree murder.  Blanco-Melgar currently remains in custody on the June 19 charges where he will be served with the arrest warrant for murder.