Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested William Brown, Jr., age 21, of Ferrara Drive in Wheaton and have charged him with committing sexual offenses against three victims. The three incidents and the criminal charges associated with each incident are as follows:
- On February 4 at approximately 9:00 a.m., the 33-year-old victim was using the self- checkout at the Safeway store located at 11201 Georgia Avenue. Brown approached the victim and began touching her inappropriately. The victim began to resist and Brown fled from the area. Charges: Fourth Degree Sex Offense, Second Degree Assault
- On February 5 at approximately 8:20 a.m., the 30-year-old victim was placing her groceries in her vehicle after shopping at the Safeway store located at 11201 Georgia Avenue; her vehicle was parked in the parking garage located under the store. Brown approached the victim and began touching her inappropriately. He grabbed her and attempted to push her inside the vehicle. The victim began to struggle and fell to the ground. Brown fled from the area when an unknown person entered the parking area. The victim suffered a broken finger. Charges: Attempted Second Degree Rape, Fourth Degree Sex Offense, Second Degree Assault
- On February 10 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the 22-year-old victim was walking on the sidewalk in the area of the Mid-County Regional Services center (located at 2424 Reedie Drive) when Brown approached her from behind, touched her inappropriately, and attempted to pull down her pants. The victim was able to break free from Brown and he fled from the area. Charges: Attempted Second Degree Rape, Fourth Degree Sex Offense, Second Degree Assault
The victims provided detectives with a physical description of the suspect. Investigators, using that description, located video surveillance that captured a possible suspect in the areas and during the times of the three assaults.
On February 11, detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division and other undercover officers began conducting surveillance in the area of the previous assaults. Officers observed a male matching the suspect description enter the Safeway store where two of the incidents had occurred. The subject was detained by officers and he was identified as Brown, Jr.
Brown, Jr. was interviewed and confirmed that he was the person in the surveillance video obtained by detectives. Brown, Jr. stated to investigators that he “bumped” into a female in the garage; his description of the female matched the February 5 victim’s description.
Brown was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Detectives believe that there may be additional victims of Brown’s criminal conduct who have not reported the incidents to police. Anyone who has information regarding a sexual offense involving William Brown. Jr. is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police-Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.
William Brown, Jr.
Rite Aid robbery suspect
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who committed a commercial robbery at the Rite Aid Pharmacy located in the Randolph Crossing shopping center. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect.
On January 17 at approximately 1:07 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 12222 Viers Mill Road for the report of a robbery. The investigation revealed that the black male suspect attempted to return condoms and cold medicine at the cash register and argued with an employee over the return. During the argument, the suspect demanded cash and told the employee to open the cash register. The employee refused the suspect’s demands. The suspect then walked around the counter and removed property before fleeing from the store.
Anyone with 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.
Rite Aid robbery suspect
Rite Aid robbery suspect
Rite Aid robbery suspect
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred today at a residence in Rockville.
At approximately 1:22 p.m., 1st District officers and officers from the Rockville City Police Department responded to the unit block of Arlive Court in Rockville for the report of a home invasion robbery. The preliminary investigation determined that two suspects, described as black males and wearing masks, knocked on the door to the residence. The 77-year-old male victim opened the door and the suspects then forced their way into the home. The male’s 86-year-old wife was also in the home at the time. The suspects displayed handguns, physically restrained the male victim, and ransacked the home before fleeing.
A neighbor reported to police that subjects matching the suspect’s description knocked on his door prior to the home invasion robbery.
Detectives urge anyone with information about these suspects or this home invasion robbery 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(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an attempted bank robbery that occurred on January 27 at a Capital One Bank in Silver Spring. The same two suspects are believed to have attempted to rob a bank in Washington, D.C., approximately one hour before attempting to rob the bank in Silver Spring.
On January 27 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the two suspects entered the Capital One Bank located at 8676 Georgia Avenue. The first suspect approached the teller window and passed a note that demanded money. The second suspect also approached the teller window and served as a lookout. The two suspects fled from the bank before obtaining any money.
Detectives believe that approximately one hour prior to this bank robbery, the same two suspects attempted to rob the BB&T Bank located at 3101 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C.
Detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the two suspects and are asking that anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects to contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of these suspects. Tipsters will remain anonymous.
Suspect One (approached teller, passed note)
Suspect Two (lookout)
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal, single vehicle collision that occurred yesterday.
On February 14 at approximately 3:01 p.m., officers and Fire&Rescue personnel responded to the area of 12860 Travilah Road for the report of a single vehicle collision.
Preliminary investigation has indicated that a 2010 Dodge Viper was traveling west on Travilah Road. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway in the area of 12860 Travilah Road and struck a concrete wall. Detectives are investigating speed as a possible factor in this collision.
The driver, identified as Brandon Bussard, age 21, of Chevy Chase Street in Gaithersburg, was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The front seat passenger, identified as Christina Koutsoukos, age 18, of Antioch Road in Gaithersburg, was flown by helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Koutsoukos succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.