Police Investigate Reported Suspicious Situation in Flower Hill Area of Gaithersburg

The Montgomery County Police Department is currently investigating the report of a suspicious situation in the SealFlower Hill neighborhood of Gaithersburg. Today at approximately 4:48 p.m., officers responded to the area near Flower Hill Elementary School, located at 18425 Flower Hill Way, for the report of a suspicious situation.

Preliminary investigation revealed that two girls, ages 11 and 15, were walking together on the sidewalk adjacent to Flower Hill Way.  Near the elementary school, a white work van approached the girls. The van then stopped in the roadway and a white male driver, believed to be in his 30’s and wearing a white t-shirt, called out to them and blew kisses toward them. The girls continued to walk and then heard the slider door (on the opposite side of the van) open and saw another male exit the vehicle and walk toward them. One of the girls took out her cell phone and both girls began to run. The passenger returned to the van. The van was last seen on Flower Hill Way headed toward Snouffer School Road. The girls ran home and family members called 9-1-1.

There is no further description of the vehicle or two males at this time. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or any previous activity that might relate to this incident to please the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Concern for Missing Silver Spring Woman

Detectives from the 3rd District are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing Silver Spring woman.

Cherell Nicole Smellie, age 24, of Staley Manor Drive in Silver Spring, was last seen on Friday, September 18 at approximately 9:20 p.m. at her residence.  Police and family are concerned for her welfare.

Cherell Smellie is described as a black female, 5’4″ tall, 160 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Cherell Smellie or has information on her whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.



Cherell Nicole Smellie



CRU Detectives Investigating Serious Pedestrian Collision

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious pedestrian collision that occurred today at approximately 2:42 p.m.

Third District officers and Fire and Rescue Service personnel responded to the area of the 700 block of Langley Drive and the 600 block of University Boulevard for the report of a pedestrian struck by an automobile. The initial investigation determined that the adult male pedestrian was crossing University Boulevard in an eastbound direction and not in a marked crosswalk. A gray 2006 Honda Accord was traveling northbound on University and for unknown reasons struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The pedestrian was identified as Luis Alonso Romero, age 35, of the 9500 block of Biltmore Drive in Silver Spring.  The driver of the Honda was identified as Marie Jeanne Adjoba Assale, age 49, of the 8800 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.

The collision remains under investigation. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this collision to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.



September 21, 2015 11:15 a.m. – Release was updated to include pedestrian’s name.


Concern For Missing Silver Spring Man

Update: Michael Ayele was located safe and unharmed on Septmeber 30, 2015.

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Silver Spring man.

Michael Ayele, age 24, of the 13200 block of New Hampshire Avenue, was last seen on September 2 at his residence.  He was last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, black jeans, navy blue shoes, and was carrying a gray backpack.  He is approximately 5’9″ tall, has a medium build, short black hair, and brown eyes.  He is known to frequent public libraries, primarily in the Silver Spring and NW Washington, D.C. areas.

Police and family are concerned because Ayele is in need of medication and does not have it with him.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Ayele is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.



Michael Ayele

Update: New Surveillance Video Released in Clarksburg Pharmacy Armed Robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at the ClarksburgPharmacySuspectClarksburg Pharmacy on September 3.

At approximately 9:49 a.m. on September 3, officers responded to the Clarksburg Pharmacy, located at 23213 Stringtown Road, for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Preliminary investigation has revealed that the male suspect, whose face was concealed during the robbery, entered the pharmacy and displayed a handgun.  He stole prescription drugs and then fled.  K9 units and a United States Park Police helicopter assisted officers in the search for the suspect; the suspect was not located.

Previously, robbery detectives released surveillance video of the suspect committing the robbery.  Detectives have obtained additional video of the suspect and continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying him.

Anyone with information about this robbery or suspect is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


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