Montgomery County Police Promotion Ceremony

SealToday, officers were recognized for their recent promotions at a promotion ceremony held at the Public Safety Headquarters.  In addition, twelve civilian police department employees were recognized for their promotional advancement.  Congratulations to all of the promotees!


The following Department personnel were recognized:


Promotion to Lieutenant

  • Lieutenant Nicholas Augustine
  • Lieutenant John D’Albora
  • Lieutenant Jennifer McNeal
  • Lieutenant William Montgomery
  • Lieutenant Joseph Onderko
  • Lieutenant Brian Tanzi

Promotion to Sergeant

  • Sergeant Mary Davis
  • Sergeant Eric Hammelton
  • Sergeant Tocarah Hargrove
  • Sergeant Eddie Le
  • Sergeant Philip Meyer
  • Sergeant Kerry Moore
  • Sergeant Brandon Pellecchia
  • Sergeant Manuel Saponara
  • Sergeant Troy Tippett

Promotion to Corporal

  • Corporal Brenda Alexander
  • Corporal Athanasios Bakalis
  • Corporal Peter Camp
  • Corporal Alan Cawood
  • Corporal Noe Diaz
  • Corporal Timothy Dumais
  • Corporal Shaun Hansen
  • Corporal Richard Harris
  • Corporal Matthew Kelly
  • Corporal Michael Power
  • Corporal Patrick Robinson
  • Corporal Karen Witherington

Administrative Specialist II

  • Theresa Carson
  • April Coletta

Administrative Specialist III

  • Laura Adams

Code Enforcement Inspector I

  • Braden Hill

Forensic Specialist

  • Elmer Haapala


  • Miranda Hughes
  • Peter Kong

Office Services Coordinator

  • Candice Bailey

Program Manager I

  • Maria Padama

Program Manager II

  • Robert Williams

Public Safety Communications Manager

  • Jennifer Wack

Public Safety Communications Supervisor

  • Lois Kinder


Suspect Charged For Maintaining His Residence For Drug Distribution

The 4th District Community Services Unit has arrested and charged Idrissa Turay, age 56, of the 3800 block of Dunsinane Drive, with keeping and maintaining a common nuisance: his home, for the illegal distribution of marijuana.

Turay is the owner and a resident of his home on Dunsinane Drive.  For the last several years, multiple police investigations have resulted in arrests of residents at his home for drug-related crimes to include possession and distribution of illegal drugs.

The Department has also received complaints from residents in that neighborhood that people at Turay’s home are selling drugs from the residence and are selling drugs in the parking lots and streets of the community.

Plain clothes officers have also observed drug transactions by residents of that home in the community and have arrested those residents for those offenses.  Search warrants executed at that home during drug-related investigations have revealed evidence of the crime of drug distribution. This evidence has included drugs, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.

On April 22, officers obtained a warrant for Turay’s arrest for maintaining a common nuisance.  He was arrested yesterday and transported to the Central Processing Unit.



Idrissa Turay


Suspects Arrested for March 12 Bank Robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested Robert Varez Williams, age 18, of the 4900 block of Call Place SE in Washington, D.C., and Jeffrey Jerome Walker, age 18, of the 5800 block of Southern Avenue SE in Washington, D.C., with the March 12 armed robbery of a Capitol One Bank in Silver Spring.

On March 12 at approximately 4:56 p.m., officers responded to the Capital One bank located at 11241 Georgia Avenue for the report of a bank robbery that had just occurred. The first suspect, now identified as Williams, entered the bank, stood inside for a moment, and then exited.  The second suspect, now identified as Walker, then entered the bank and approached a teller. Walker passed a note that demanded money and also implied that he had some type of explosive device.  Walker did not obtain any money and fled from the bank. During the robbery, Williams stood outside of the bank and served as a lookout.

Investigators released surveillance photographs of the two suspects to the public and circulated the photos to law enforcement. A Montgomery County police officer from the 4th District identified Williams as one of the suspects; she had recently charged him with theft from a Safeway that is located next door to the bank (at 11201 Georgia Avenue). Walker, who is a friend of Williams, was then identified as the second suspect.

On April 7, arrest warrants were issued for Williams and Walker. Walker was arrested on April 16 in Washington, D.C. Williams was arrested on April 17 in Prince George’s County. During police questioning, both suspects admitted to their involvement in the bank robbery. After their arrests, they were transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

Walker and Williams have been charged with possession of a destructive device, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.




Robert Williams


Jeffrey Walker











Concern For Missing Bethesda Woman

Gertrude Haugan

Gertrude Haugan

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 95-year-old woman.

Gertrude Marion Haugan, of the 4700 block of South Chelsea Lane in Bethesda, was last seen on Wednesday, April 22.  Ms. Haugan is described as a white female, 5’ 2” tall, and weighing 110 pounds.  She has light brown hair.  It is not known what clothing Ms. Haugan was wearing at the time of disappearance.

Ms. Haugan’s vehicle was located last night a short distance from her home in an alley off of 7413 Maple Avenue.  It was recovered by police and is described as a blue 1996 Toyota Camry with Maryland tags, DVG 064.

Family, friends, and police are concerned for her welfare because it is unusual for Ms. Haugan not to have regular contact with friends and neighbors.  Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Gertrude Marion Haugan is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.