Detectives Continue to Investigate Firearm Discharge in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a firearm discharge that occurred on December 24 in Gaithersburg.

On Thursday, December 24, at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers from the 6th District and the Gaithersburg Police Department, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the McDonald’s located at 469 Frederick Avenue for the report of a shooting.

First responders located evidence of a shooting inside of the McDonald’s men’s restroom. Officers in the area searched for suspect(s) and victim(s).  During this search, officers were notified that the adult male victim had arrived at a local hospital in a vehicle for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  Investigators have interviewed this victim.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the person(s) involved is asked to contact the 6th District Investigation Section at 240.773.5770. 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.

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Critically Missing Silver Spring Man Sought

Ruben Antonio Guzman Hernandez

Ruben Antonio Guzman Hernandez

Update: Ruben Hernandez has been located safe and unharmed. 

Detectives are asking the public’s help to locate a missing 21-year-old man.

Ruben Antonio Guzman Hernandez was last seen with his girlfriend in the McDonalds at 7911 New Hampshire Avenue in Hyattsville on December 16. Hernandez’s girlfriend left the McDonalds and he told her that he would contact her later. Hernandez’s family and his girlfriend have not heard from him since he was last seen at the McDonalds. Hernandez was last seen wearing a navy Helly Hansen jump suit, red long-sleeve sweatshirt, and black and gray New Balance tennis shoes. Hernandez also has a star shaped tattoo on his right forearm.

Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male, 5′ 5″ tall, and weighing approximately 130 pounds. He has brown hair and black eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Hernandez’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.

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Four Suspects Charged with First-Degree Murder for Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Homicide; Suspects Previously Charged in Montgomery Village Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged four suspects for the homicide of Marvin Misael Vargas-Osorio, 34, of the 400 block of North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Vargas-Osorio was located in a shallow grave in the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park on August 29.

The four suspects, Luis F. Avelar Morales, age 18, of Girard Street in Gaithersburg, Daniel Adonai Ramos, age 19, of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village, Edwin E. Reyes-Martinez, age 18, of the unit block of Whetstone Drive in Gaithersburg, and Juan Espinal Rapalo, age 18, of Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg, have been charged with first-degree murder.  Avelar Morales and Reyes-Martinez were 17 at the time of the murder; they both have been charged as adults in this homicide.

At the time these charges were placed, Avelar Morales, Ramos, and Rapalo were being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, awaiting trial for the November 1 homicide of Roberto Gutierrez Cruz. Avelar Morales, Ramos, and Rapalo have been charged with first-degree murder for the homicide of Gutierrez Cruz.  Reyes-Martinez was charged yesterday with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and possession of a handgun in the November 1 homicide of Gutierrez Cruz and was also charged with first-degree murder for the homicide of Vargas-Osorio.

The homicide of Vargas-Osorio was discovered on Saturday, August 29, at approximately 10:40 a.m.  6th District officers responded to Great Seneca Stream Valley Park to assist officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, after human remains were found in a shallow grave by individuals participating in a managed hunt in the park.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore ruled this death a homicide due to multiple sharp instrument stab wounds.

Photos of the victim’s clothing and personal effects were released to the public and detectives received information that the victim was Vargas-Osorio; medical records confirmed his identity.

This month, a witness to the homicide came forward to police and investigators were able to identify the four suspects based on information provided by the witness.

Investigators believe that the homicide of Vargas-Osorio and the November 1 homicide of Gutierrez Cruz are gang related and that the suspects are associated with the MS-13 gang.  These homicide investigations are ongoing and therefore additional information will not be released.

Note: Avelar Morales and Reyes-Martinez were not adults at the time of the murder and therefore their mugshots are not being released.

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Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos

Juan Espinal Rapalo

Juan Espinal Rapalo

 

 

Critically Missing Pennsylvania Man Sought

Jeddiah Seckinger

Jeddiah Seckinger

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking the public’s help to locate a missing 24-year-old man from Pennsylvania who was travelling through Montgomery County.

Jeddiah Seckinger was a passenger in a vehicle and exited the car at the intersection of Rockville Pike (Rt. 355) and Tuckerman Lane. He was last seen near the area of the Grosvenor metro station in North Bethesda. Seckinger does not have a cell phone and may not be familiar with the area.

Seckinger is described as a white male, 6′ 2″ tall, and weighing approximately 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, green shirt, and tan pants.

Police and family are concerned for Seckinger’s welfare and emotional well-being. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.

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Jeddiah Seckinger

Jeddiah Seckinger