Concern for Silver Spring Man Missing from Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man missing from Rockville.

Samuel Vincent Benson, age 65, is missing from the Jewish Council for Aging (day care program) located at 12320 Parklawn Drive in Rockville.  Benson’s permanent residence is in the 700 block of Cornwall Street in Silver Spring.

Benson is described as a black male, 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 167 pounds.  He has brown eyes and short, black, curly hair.  He was last seen wearing a light beige, short-sleeve, button-down shirt and matching beige pants.  He is also wearing a Medic Alert safe return bracelet.

Police and family are concerned for Benson’s physical and mental well-being.  He is prescribed medications that he has not taken today.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Samuel Benson is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.



Montgomery County Police Officer Honored for Service to Suburban Hospital

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1st District Lt. Sonia Pruitt, Officer Dana Stroman, 2nd District Lt. Oneil Ormsby, and 2nd District Commander David Falcinelli

Officer Dana Stroman, a Community Outreach Officer in the 2nd District, became the first Montgomery County police officer to receive Johns Hopkins Corporate Security’s Police Officer of the Year Award.  The award is presented to a police officer who, when answering calls for service to Johns Hopkins-owned institutions, has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and provided consistent support to Corporate Security and Johns Hopkins personnel.  The award was previously presented only to Howard County law enforcement officers.  In 2014, the award was expanded to include law enforcement officers in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C.

Officer Stroman was selected as the Montgomery County recipient based on her work with Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital.  Her contributions included working with hospital management to change a hospital phone extension that resulted in inadvertent calls and hang-ups to the 9-1-1 emergency line, working with hospital security staff to develop a plan to increase safety and security in the hospital’s Emergency Room, and arranging for Suburban Hospital staff to take blood pressure readings and provide wellness information at monthly Senior (Citizen) Forums organized by Officer Stroman and held at the Westfield Montgomery shopping center.

In July, Officer Stroman will have been a Montgomery County Police Officer for 22 years and has served as a Community Outreach Officer for 15 years.

The Police Officer of the Year award was presented to Officer Stroman on June 18, 2014 during a luncheon at the Copper Canyon Grill in Silver Spring.

Suspect Arrested for Four Bank Robberies in Montgomery County

MercedesJoseDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged a suspect for the robbery of four Montgomery County banks. Jose Mercedes, age 45, of the 8400 block of Melissa Street in Hyattsville, was arrested on the evening of June 23 and charged with four counts of armed robbery.

On June 23, at approximately 4:39 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the M&T Bank located at 10420 Montgomery Avenue in Kensington for a report of a bank robbery.

Investigation revealed that the male suspect, later identified as Mercedes, entered the bank and passed a note to the teller. The note demanded money and implied that the suspect had a weapon. The suspect received cash and exited the bank.

A short time later, with the assistance of K9 officers, the suspect was located hiding in a shed in a backyard in the 3200 block of McComas Avenue in Kensington. The money bag and other items of evidentiary value were also located nearby. Police located the proceeds from the bank in the suspect’s pockets.

During questioning, Mercedes admitted to committing the bank robbery at the Montgomery Avenue M&T bank in addition to three other bank robberies:

  • M&T bank located at 10100 River Road in Potomac on December 21, 2013
  • M&T bank located at 7920 Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda on December 26, 2013
  • Wells Fargo bank located at 9812 Falls Road in Potomac on March 1, 2014

Mercedes is currently being held without bond pending a bond review hearing at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.