Detectives Investigate Shooting in Wheaton

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the shooting of a 18-year-old female this morning in Wheaton.

At approximately 5:23 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received an open line call with sounds of a female in distress. The call was determined to be originating from the area of Plyers Mill Road and Douglas Avenue in Wheaton.  Shortly thereafter, officers learned that the victim, an 18-year-old female, was at a local hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  These injuries are serious but appear to be non-life-threatening.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a group of females, to include the victim, were walking in the area of Plyers Mill Road and Douglas Avenue when they were met by male subjects. For reasons still under investigation, a physical confrontation occurred among the people in the two groups and the victim was shot. Investigators do not believe that this is a stranger-based incident and believe that there is some known association between the two groups.

The suspects involved in this shooting and the gun used in this shooting have not been located. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. Callers can remain anonymous.



“Dough Raiser” Event to be Held on July 31

Cici’s Pizza and Montgomery County law enforcement agencies (including MCP and Rockville City Police) are teaming up to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD).

The Rockville location (12111 Rockville Pike) of CiCi’s will be holding a “Dough Raiser” event on Thursday, July 31st.

Officers from Montgomery County Police and Rockville City Police will be at the restaurant and will be helping to sell icons stating that the purchaser supports SOMD.  Purchasers of the icons will then help “cover the cruiser” by placing the icons on police cruisers.

Additionally, Cici’s will donate a percentage of its proceeds for the day to SOMD and participants receive a FREE drink with a $1 donation.newCTC

Please come out and help support local law enforcement, Cici’s restaurant, and SOMD!!


Montgomery County Police Explorers Attend National Conference in Indiana

The Montgomery County Police Explorer Program is part of a national program intended to assist young adults in learning about the many aspects of law enforcement as a career. Every second year, the Explorers are provided the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC). This year, Montgomery County Police Explorers and approximately 3,500 other Explorers from the United States and Puerto Rico attended The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, from July 14 through 18.

The Montgomery County Police Explorer members took part in eight team competitions during the conference. The members placed first in the Domestic Crisis Intervention competition and second place in Crime Prevention. Explorer Walter Platero also placed second in his age group in the individual physical agility competition.

The Montgomery County Police Explorer Program is always looking for young adults (ages 14 to 20) to join the group. For more information on the Explorer Program and how to apply to the group, click here.



Montgomery County Police Explorers at the 2014 National Conference



Suspect Arrested for Three Bank Robberies

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police –Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Morris Kenneth Thweatt, age 46, of the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, for the robberies of three banks in Silver Spring.

Investigation by Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes detectives revealed that during these bank robberies, the male suspect, later identified as Thweatt, would enter the bank and pass a note to the teller stating that he had a bomb. Thweatt would then display a device wrapped in foil, claiming it was a bomb.

Thweatt was identified as the suspect through DNA evidence left at the scene and was determined to be responsible for the below bank robberies:

Thweatt was arrested by detectives on July 25 at his residence and charged with three counts of armed robbery.  Thweatt was held without bond and had bond review today.  Bond information from today’s hearing is not available at this time.


Morris Thweatt

Morris Thweatt



Update: Husband Held in Murder of Wife

Beale - MVA PhotoDetectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the murder of a 47-year-old Gaithersburg woman. Today they are releasing the identities of the suspect and victim.  Cola Winbone Beale, 51 years old, is being held by law enforcement authorities in Norfolk, Virginia on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant charging him with the murder of his wife, June Carlita Beale, 47 years old.

On Sunday, July 27, at approximately 10:25 a.m., a parishioner of a church that the couple attended called police and stated that Cola Beale had called him stating that he had killed his wife inside their home located in the 18300 block of Hallmark Court.  Officers from the 6th District responded to the residence and forced their way into the home.  Inside, they found June Carlita Beale deceased with trauma to her body.

MCP officers were able to speak directly to Cola Beale on his mobile phone.  While talking with officers, he admitted to killing his wife and also provided his specific location in Norfolk, Virginia.  6th District desk personnel notified members of the Norfolk Police Department, who in turn, located Beale and took him into custody without incident.  Beale is being held in Norfolk awaiting extradition.

The body of June Carlita Beale has been transported for an autopsy to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.