Update: Two Suspects Charged in Wheaton Shooting

Eber Umanzor

Eber Umanzor

Detectives have arrested a 13-year-old and 19-year-old for the shooting of an 18-year-old female that occurred yesterday morning in Wheaton.  Both suspects were located yesterday afternoon and taken into custody by officers.

Investigators believe that both suspects are associated with the “Little r” gang.  Police believe that gang members thought the victim was divulging information about gang activity to police, and the two suspects conspired to shoot the victim as an act of retaliation.

The first suspect, identified as the shooter, is a 13-year-old male. He was charged as a juvenile and therefore his name and photograph will not be released. He faces charges related to attempted murder, armed robbery, conspiracy, and handgun offenses.  He is being detained at the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville.

The second suspect, Eber Umanzor, 19 years old, of the 3000 block of University Boulevard in Kensington, faces the following charges: attempt first degree murder, armed robbery, and three counts of conspiracy relating to first degree murder, armed robbery, and retaliation in regard to a witness.  He is currently being held without bond at the Central Processing Unit.

Investigators have learned that the victim and three other females were on foot in the Wheaton area during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 30. They walked to different locations in the Wheaton area, in part to purchase food.  During this time, the victim and one other female in the group, were texting the suspects, who were known to them.

It was during this sequence of events that a white SUV driven by Umanzor stopped in front of the victim and the other females at the intersection of Plyers Mill Road and Douglas Avenue. Umanzor exited the vehicle and began walking toward them. The juvenile suspect, who had exited the vehicle and then had concealed himself in nearby shrubbery, left the shrubbery and approached the victim, armed with a handgun. As the victim turned to flee, the juvenile suspect shot the victim once in the back.  The victim then fell and he moved closer and shot her multiple times. He took her mobile phone and fled in the white SUV driven by Umanzor.

Police were called and the victim was transported to a local trauma center where she was treated and ultimately released yesterday afternoon.

A white SUV registered to Umanzor and believed to be used in the crime, was also located at his residence.  The gun has not been recovered.


Concern for Missing Wheaton Teen

juvenileDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigation Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Wheaton Teen.

Alexandra Lexus Innis, age 14, was last seen near her residence located in the 4000 Block of Peppertree Lane on July 30, 2014. Alexandra is described as a black female, 5’06” tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair with the right side shaved.  She has a birthmark on her stomach.  Alexandra was last seen wearing a grey v-neck t-shirt, light blue skinny jeans and pink flip-flops.

Police and family are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Alexandra Lexus Innis is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigation Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs).


Concern for Missing Silver Spring Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Silver Spring woman.

Susan Decarlo Hendrickson, age 60, of the 14400 block of Homecrest Road in Silver Spring, has been reported as missing.  Susan Hendrickson is described as a white female, approximately 5’02″ tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen at her residence on Monday, July 28.

Police and family are concerned for Susan Hendrickson’s emotional well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Susan Hendrickson is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).


Susan Hendrickson

Susan Hendrickson

Walmart in Germantown Awards MCP with Grant for Autism Safety Kits

The Walmart located at 20910 Frederick Road in Germantown has awarded the Montgomery County Police Department a grant through the Walmart Community Grants Program.

This morning, Officer Laurie Reyes, who runs the Department’s Autism and Alzheimer’s outreach and wandering prevention program, and Assistant Chief Betsy Davis, accepted this $2,000 grant on behalf of the Montgomery County Police Foundation* and the Department.

Officer Reyes plans on purchasing Montgomery County Police Department “Autism Safety Kits” with this grant money.  These kits are provided to parents/guardians of children with Autism as part of a wandering prevention program.  The kit includes wandering safety handouts, Autism safety shirts, Autism ID bracelets, Autism awareness MCPD window clings (they read, “MCPD – someone with Autism lives in this home, may not respond to verbal commands”), door alarms, and MCPD badge tattoos.

On average, the Montgomery County Police Department investigates two missing (wandering) Autistic children cases per week.  The Department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with Autism have a huge responsibility and the Department will continue its efforts to work with caregivers to avoid wandering and wandering tragedies.

*The Montgomery County Police Foundation is a private, non-profit, 501c3 organization whose mission is to raise funds for the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-budgeted programs to enhance the quality of police service for the citizens of Montgomery County.


Assistant Chief Betsy Davis (left) and Officer Laurie Reyes (right) accept the check from Walmart

Assistant Chief Betsy Davis (left) and Officer Laurie Reyes (right) accept the check from Walmart

Applications Being Accepted Now for Upcoming Police Citizen Academy

Update: 8/19/2014

The application process for the Citizen Academy is now closed.  The application process will begin again in the winter for the spring class.

The Montgomery County Police Department is currently accepting applications Sealfor future sessions of the Citizen Academy.  The program is free, but participants must be 18 years of age or older and either live or work in Montgomery County.

Participants who are selected for the program are required to attend 14 of the 18 classes to be eligible for graduation. Some of the topics covered include:  firearm safety, Maryland traffic law, investigating major crimes, drug identification, scams and fraud, prostitution, forensics/crime lab, physical/sexual child abuse, a canine demonstration, DUI/underage drinking, and the procedures of the Emergency Response Team. Academy members also have the option of touring the Montgomery County Detention Center and participating in a ride-along with a police officer.

The first Citizen Academy was held in January of 1994.  It was developed as an extension of the Department’s community policing efforts.  Community members who went through the program came out with a greater awareness of the functions of the police department, the various roles of police officers, and a better understanding of why and how officers do their jobs.

Each year two sessions (spring and fall) of the Citizen Academy are held at the Public Safety Training Academy located at 9710 Great Seneca Highway in Rockville. Classes are offered on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive weeks.

The 2014 fall session of the Citizen Academy is scheduled to begin on September 16 and run through February 3. Applications from those wishing to enroll in the fall session must be received by August 15.  Once the fall session is full, all other applications will be held for potential enrollment in future Citizen Academy classes.  The 2015 spring session of the Citizen Academy will begin in March. To learn more about the Citizen Academy or to download an application, please visit our Citizen’s Academy page.