Concern for Missing Derwood Area Man

Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson)

Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson)

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 41-year-old male.

Tibebe Shenkute, also known as Michael Johnson, age 41, of the 6100 block of Granby Road in the Derwood area of Rockville, was last seen leaving his home this afternoon at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Michael Johnson is described as a black male, 5’07” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with short black hair, and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a dark sweater with a green T-shirt underneath.  Johnson is known to frequent the 18400 block of Azalea Drive in the Derwood area of Rockville and the Takoma Park area.

Police and family members are concerned for Johnson’s emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson) is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.


Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Police Officers

Jonathan Hemming

Jonathan Hemming

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Firearms Investigative Unit have arrested and charged Jonathan Hemming, age 52, of the 100 block of Spring Street in Gaithersburg, with attempted murder, firearm-related offenses, and drug offenses, after he attempted to shoot officers with a homemade handgun.

On May 18, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Repeat Offender Unit began surveillance on Hemming as he was wanted on drug-related charges.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives observed Hemming enter a vehicle at an address in Gaithersburg.  Detectives approached the vehicle and told Hemming he was under arrest.  Hemming resisted the arrest, became combative with the officers, and reached in the center compartment area of the vehicle and grabbed a homemade handgun.  A Taser was deployed on Hemming after he pointed the gun at detectives.

Hemming was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Detectives determined that the homemade handgun that Hemming attempted to use was capable of firing shotgun rounds.  In his pants pockets, Hemming was found to have a second homemade handgun in his pants pocket as well as shotgun shells and ammunition for a handgun.

Hemming was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, assault charges, firearms-related charges, and drug-related charges. Hemming is currently being held without bond.


Silver Spring GameStop Robbery Investigated

Burglary Suspect 1 May 20Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department, Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have been investigating an armed robbery of a GameStop store in Silver Spring.  Today they are releasing a video and photographs of the masked suspects.

On Friday, May 20 at approximately 8:56 p.m., two suspects, armed with handguns, entered the GameStop store located at 10100 Colesville Road in Silver Spring.  One suspect initially ordered three customers, including a young boy, against the wall near the counter.  Immediately afterward, both suspects walked behind the counter and ordered the two clerks to the floor while the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and personal property was taken.  The suspects then fled out the front door.

The suspects are decribed as black males in their 20s, approximately 5′ 6″ tall and weighing 170 pounds.  They were wearing black, hooded sweatshirts, black pants, gloves, and masks.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this crime is asked to call the Robbery Section at (240) 773-5070.

Those who wish to remain anonymous 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 an arrest in this case.


Video of GameStop Robbery

Video of GameStop Robbery


Concern For Missing Kensington Man

Kennard Walker

Kennard Walker

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing 64-year-old male.

On Tuesday, May 24, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Kennard Walker left the Kensington Nursing Center located at 3000 McComas Avenue in Kensington where he is a resident.   He is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 6′ tall, and weighing 200 pounds.  He has short black hair and a black beard.  When he left the facility, he was wearing a white shirt under a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Mr. Walker functions at the level of a 10-year-old, suffers from dementia, and has other medical conditions that require monitoring.  He may be familiar with public transportation.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kennard Walker is asked to call 9-1-1.


The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive



Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878

First floor conference room


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SIGN UP REQUIRED:                 

Online or call a Red Cross representative at 240-676-9955.

Note:  Red Cross personnel and equipment will not be able to serve walk-in appointments.

Donors will receive food or coupons from Chick-fil-A and Bruster’s Ice Cream.