Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify an Armed Robbery Suspect

candyman4Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are asking the public for help to identify a person of interest in an armed robbery in Kemp Mill.

On July 21, at approximately 5:35 p.m., 4th District officers responded to “The Candy Man” candy store located at 1351 Lamberton Drive in Kemp Mill for the report of an armed robbery. The investigation revealed that the suspect asked the cashier for change for a dollar. The cashier opened the register to provide the change and the suspect produced a knife. The cashier fled and immediately called the police.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’9” to 6’ tall, weighing between 170 and 200 pounds. He has short black hair and possibly a mustache. At the time of the robbery, the suspect possibly had a chain hanging from his shorts.

Anyone who has information about this suspect or the robbery is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. 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 crime.




Police Investigate Single Vehicle Fatal Collision in Clarksburg

Detectives from Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a single vehicle, single- occupant fatal collision that occurred in the 26600 block of Clarksburg Road.

On July 28 at approximately 9:24 p.m., 5th District officers and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel responded to a call for a single-vehicle collision that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation indicates that for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle, a 2007 Ford Fusion, lost control and collided with a utility pole.  Despite life-saving efforts, the driver, identified as Richard Pliszak, age 54, of the 4500 block of Roop Road in Mount Airy, Maryland, succumbed to his injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.



Concern for Missing 65-Year-Old Man

Ayalew Ishete

Ayalew Ishete

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 65-year-old man who has Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and does not speak.

Ayalew Ishete from the 1900 block of Rosemary Hills Drive in the Woodside neighborhood of Silver Spring was last seen this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Ayalew Ishete is described as a black male, approximately 6’1” tall, and weighs 200 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. The exact clothing that Mr. Ishete is wearing is not known but he may be wearing a light blue, long- sleeve shirt with brown pants and brown shoes. Mr. Ishete walks with a cane and may be wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Ishete’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Detectives Charge Man With Two Bank Robberies

Tony Linn Smith

Tony Linn Smith

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have charged Tony Linn Smith, age 55, of an unconfirmed address, with two bank robberies. One occurred at a SunTrust Bank on July 23 and the other at an M&T Bank on July 25.

On July 23, at approximately 9:25 a.m., 3rd District officers responded for the report of an armed robbery at the SunTrust Bank located at 8700 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The investigation revealed that Smith entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money and implying he had a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

On July 25, at approximately 10:55 a.m., 1st District officers responded for the report of an armed robbery at the M&T Bank located at 51 West Edmonston Drive in Rockville. The investigation revealed that Smith entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note demanding money and implying he had a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

Robbery detectives disseminated a bank surveillance photograph of the suspect to officers. An officer contacted detectives and identified the suspect as Smith. On July 27, detectives located Smith in Silver Spring and arrested him.

Smith has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of theft from $1000 to under $10,000. He is currently being held without bond.

2015 National Night Out Events

080315 2015 NNO logoThe 2015 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, August 4. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts and to enhance police and community relations. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another and to build community spirit. This is the 32nd year of National Night Out observances that demonstrate a community’s commitment to keep their neighborhood free from crime.

The following communities have provided their respective itinerary of events as of 7/24/2015:

1st District:

Open to the public:

1. Stoneymill Square shopping center (near the Korean Korner store) – 12207 Veirs Mill Rd.; 7 – 9 p.m. (This event is held jointly with the 4th District command staff and officers also attending)

Community events only:
1. Quince Orchard Knolls Park at 11900 Quince Mill Dr.; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
2. Twinbrook Baptist Church at 1001 Twinbrook Pkwy.; 6 – 8:30 p.m.

2nd District:

Community events only:

1. Lyttonsville/Rosemary Hills/Rock Creek communities – held at Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd.; 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.
2. Scotland community in Potomac at the intersection of Seven Locks Rd. and Scotland Dr.; 6 – 8 p.m.

3rd District:       

Open to the public:

1. Briggs Chaney Community Event at East County Regional Services Center at 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd.; 6 – 9 p.m.

Community events only:
1. Forest Estates General Getty Park, 10000 Woodland Ave.; 6:30 – 8:30pm
3. South Four Corners: South Four Corners Neighborhood Park (renamed), 900 Forest Glen Rd.; 7 – 8 p.m.
4. McKenney Hills / Carroll Knolls Kohler Ct.; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
5. West Hillandale Swim Club 915 Schindler Dr.; 5 – 7 p.m.
6. Hampshire West Apts.1432 Hampshire West Ct. (pool area); 5 -8 p.m.
7. Sligo Branview neighborhood — 6 locations 9125 Eton Rd.; 6-8pm
E. Schuyler Rd. between Flower Ave. and Sudbury Rd.
Fire Engine Park
9200 block Saybrook Ave.
9208 Bradford Rd.: block party and dog contest
9000 block Bradford Rd.
9125 Eton Rd.
8. Fairland Estates 13000 block of Colefair Dr.; 6 – 8:30 p.m.

4th District:

Open to the public:
1. Olney Community at Fair Hill Plaza Shopping Center – at 18169 Towncenter Dr.; Olney; 5 – 8 p.m.
2. Mid-County Community Recreation Center 2004 Queensguard Rd.; 5 – 8 p.m.

5th District:

Open to the public:
1. Germantown Park near community pool, 18400 Cinnamon Dr.; 4 – 5:30 p.m.
2. The Hamptons community near community pool at 19757 Crystal Rock Dr.; 5 – 6:30 p.m.
3. The Plantations II community near the pool at 23686 Rolling Fork Way (Damascus); 6 – 7:30 p.m.

6th District:

Community events only:
1. Walnut Hill – at Washington Grove Elementary School, 8712 Oakmont St.; 6 – 8 p.m.
2. Saybrooke – at community pool, 702 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd.; 6 – 8 p.m.
3. Quince Orchard Park – at the community center, 500 Highland Ridge Ave.; 6 – 9 p.m.
4. Brighton Village Apartments – at the community pool, 345 West Side Dr.; 6 to 8 p.m.
5. Kentlands community at the community center, 485 Tschiffely Square Rd.; 6 – 10 p.m.
6. Herons Cove, at the pool at 19101 Mills Choice Rd.; 6 – 9 p.m.
7. Whetstone Run, Falling River Dr. block party; 6 – 8 p.m.
8. Shady Grove Village, tot lots at Story Dr., Gold Kettle, & Red Kiln; 6 – 8 p.m.
9. Potomac Oaks pool party, 780 Quince Orchard Blvd.; 6 – 8 p.m.
10. Summit Crest Apartments Club House, 38 N. Summit Dr.; 6 – 8 p.m.