Detectives Investigate Layhill Area Bank Robbery; Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on April 9 at a bank in the Layhill area.

On April 9 at approximately 10:45 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the Sandy Spring Bank located at 14241 Layhill Road for a report of a bank robbery. Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank, passed a note that demanded money, and implied that he had a weapon. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the bank robbery suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call 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 this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.



Bank Robbery Suspect


Bank Robbery Suspect

MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

promotionRecently, officers and public safety communication employees were recognized for their promotions at a ceremony held at the Public Safety Headquarters.  Congratulations to all the promotees!

Montgomery County Police Department Promotions:

Promoted to Captain:

Captain C. Thomas Jordan

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Lieutenant Bruce Cole

Lieutenant Michael Ruane

Promoted to Sergeant:

Sergeant Mark Burhoe

Sergeant Kathy Estrada

Sergeant John O’Brien

Sergeant Jeffrey Pike

Sergeant David Smith

Sergeant Shing Yuen

Promoted to Corporal:

Corporal John Borowski

Corporal Kevin Conroy

Montgomery County Public Safety Communications Promotions

Promoted to Manager II:

William Ferretti

Promoted to Manager III:

Cassandra Onley

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Quality Assurance Manager:

William Usilton

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Operations Manager:

Bruce Gibbs

Promoted to Program Manager I:

Kim Akinyanju

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Supervisor:

Patricia Flynn

Stephen Geraci

Athena Page

Elizabeth Woody

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Specialist I:

Martha Aparicio




Members of First Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents to Graduate Tonight

This evening at the Public Safety Academy (9710 Great Seneca Highway in Rockville), the 16 members of the first Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents will graduate.  Chief Manger will offer welcoming remarks to the participants and the participants’ family and friends.

The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase resident awareness and understanding of the function of the police department.  During the 15-week academy, the class was instructed on such topics as criminal law, Maryland traffic law, and  investigations.  Participants were required to attend 12 of the 15 classes to be eligible for graduation.

The Police Department plans on holding additional Community Police Academies for Spanish-Speaking Residents.

For more information on the Community Police Academy (offered in English and in Spanish), please click here.

Note to Media: The media is encouraged to attend the graduation tonight (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.).  For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.




Police Investigate Shooting

crime alertDetectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred last night on Centerhill Street in Wheaton.

On April 26 at 9:32 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 12100 block of Centerhill Street for the report of a shooting where first responders located a 27-year-old male on the sidewalk.  He was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to a trauma center where he remains in serious condition.

Detectives continue to investigate this case and are asking for the public’s help.  Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240.773.5530.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County 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 Seek Help to Identify Suspects Responsible for Hate-Based Vandalism in Rockville

042616 vandalism to memorial rockDetectives from the 1st District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating suspects responsible for vandalism that is believed to be hate-based.

On Sunday, April 24 between 3:45 and 4:00 p.m., 1st District officers responded for the report of vandalism that had just recently occurred at Welsh Park on Mannakee Street and at Beall Elementary School located at 451 Beall Avenue in Rockville.

Through the course of the preliminary investigation it was determined that a witness had seen two boys, described as white teenagers, spray painting swastikas in the wooded area between Beall Elementary School and Welsh Park.

The responding officers were not able to locate the suspects. They did find two painted swastikas along the footpath in the wooded area near the dead end of Luckett Street. One of the swastikas was found on the trunk of a tree. The other was painted on a personalized memorial stone with a plaque commemorating “Charles W. Gilchrist – Forest Preserve at Welsh Park – Dedicated to the Citizens of Rockville.” A third swastika was located at Beall Elementary School. It was painted on a piece of exercise equipment near the portable classrooms on school grounds.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington have been contacted in relation to this incident.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the involved suspects is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084

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