MEDIA ADVISORY: Chief Manger and Superintendent Bowers to Speak on Back-To-School Safety

Chief Manger and Mr. Larry Bowers, Superintendant of Montgomery County Public Schools, will speak on issues regarding back-to-school safety reminders as the school year begins on Monday, August 31.

Tomorrow: – Friday, August 28 at 11:45 a.m.

Julius West Middle School
651 Great Falls Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Members of the media are encouraged to attend this event. For questions, contact the MCP Public Information Office at 240-773-5030.


Multiple Thefts from Vehicles in Damascus

Officers are currently investigating multiple thefts from vehicles in the area of Valley Park Drive and Brigadier Place in Damascus.  The investigation up to this time has revealed the following:

  • The thefts from vehicles occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 26, during the approximate hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m.
  • Vehicles were rifled through and/or had items stolen from them.
  • Multiple victims have reported items stolen from their vehicles. Many more residents’ vehicles were rifled through but it appears no items were taken. The Police Department continues to receive reports so the number of victims is likely to increase.
  • Officers were first alerted to these thefts at approximately 2:42 a.m. on August 26. At that time, officers responded to the 2600 block of Brigadier Place for the report of three black males and one white male checking vehicle doors to see if they were unlocked. 5th District officers and a K9 responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspects. Officers confirmed that vehicles had been entered and/or items had been stolen from the vehicles by the suspects.
  • There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicles and it appears that the suspects targeted unlocked vehicles. In video surveillance obtained from a resident in the area, one of the suspects can be seen approaching a vehicle and after trying the vehicle door and realizing it is locked, walks away (at the 46 second mark of the video).
  • In speaking with complainants, officers have received various descriptions of possible suspects. All accounts describe the suspects as a group of 3 to 4 males.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6247. Victims who have not reported a theft from vehicle are asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Residents are again reminded to lock vehicle doors and remove valuable items from their vehicle. Unlocked vehicles, as in this case, become easy targets.


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Suspect on Home Video Surveillance

Concern for Missing Juvenile from Gaithersburg

Kathy Pereira

Kathy Pereira

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Gaithersburg juvenile.

Kathy Pereira, age 15, of the 500 block of Mandolin Court in Gaithersburg, was last seen on August 17. Kathy is described as a Hispanic female, 5’03” tall, and weighing 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

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


Officers Arrest Man for Possession of Handgun and Crack Cocaine

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department – Police Community Action Team (PCAT) have arrested Ramon Ramsey, age 23, of an unconfirmed address in Hyattsville, for possession of a handgun and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

On August 24 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Police Community Action Team officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Piney Branch Road and Manchester Road in Silver Spring. Officers identified Ramsey as a rear seat passenger and asked him to exit the car after he appeared to be trying to conceal something. Ramsey started to exit the vehicle when his shirt lifted up and officers saw a Taurus .357 caliber long-barrel handgun in his waistband. Ramsey was placed under arrest and officers found individually wrapped baggies of crack cocaine in Ramsey’s front pants pocket.

Ramsey was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with handgun offenses and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Ramsey was ordered held without bond.


Ramon Ramsey

Ramon Ramsey



Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Sunday, August 23 in Rockville.

On August 23 at approximately 1:53 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Gruenther Avenue and McAuliffe Drive for the report of a single-vehicle collision.
Preliminary investigation indicated that a black Toyota Avalon left the roadway, struck a fence, and then struck a tree. The driver of the Avalon was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The initial investigation indicated that the driver may have suffered a medical event prior to the collision. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has ruled the manner of death to be accidental from multiple Injuries suffered in the crash.

The driver of the Avalon is being identified as Arthur Levine, age 67, of the 300 block of Bradley Avenue in Rockville.

This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.