Concern for Missing Takoma Park Man

Steven Aaron Jones

Steven Aaron Jones

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Takoma Park man.

Steven Aaron Jones, age 33, was last seen by his roommate during the morning hours of Wednesday, September 28 when he walked out of his Maplewood Avenue home.  The roommate stated that Jones is familiar with public transportation and did not know where he may have gone.

Steven Aaron Jones is described as an African American male, 5’07” tall and weighing 150 pounds.  He is balding with dark hair and has brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a white shirt and tan pants.

Mr. Jones is without his medication and police and family members are concerned for his physical welfare.

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Steven Aaron Jones is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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MCP Detective Observes Police Impersonator While Driving; Suspect Arrested

John Vincent Angelini

John Vincent Angelini

4th District officers from the Montgomery County Police Department have charged John Vincent Angelini, age 51, of the 8300 block of Bear Creek Drive in Baltimore, with impersonating a police officer following a September 28 traffic stop on the Intercounty Connector (ICC) near the Layhill Road exit.

On Wednesday, September 28 at approximately 8:15 p.m., a Montgomery County Police detective was operating an unmarked Montgomery County Police vehicle eastbound on the ICC near Georgia Avenue. The detective observed a Ford Crown Victoria that appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle, traveling alongside him. The driver of the Crown Victoria positioned his vehicle behind the detective’s vehicle and activated a siren. The detective believed that the vehicle behind him was now attempting to pull him over. After activating the siren, the driver of the Crown Victoria abruptly changed lanes and accelerated his vehicle past the detective’s car. The detective activated his vehicle’s emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop on the driver of the Crown Victoria on eastbound ICC near Layhill Road.

After stopping the Crown Victoria, the detective approached the vehicle. On the exterior of the car, the detective observed red and blue grill lights, a push bumper, and multiple antennas. The detective also observed that the interior of the vehicle replicated a police car and contained items that included a center console with radio microphone, emergency lights and switches, a camera affixed to the windshield, siren, Stop Sticks, and flex cuffs. The detective determined that the driver, Angelini, was not a police officer and placed him under arrest.

Angelini was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of impersonating a police officer. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Detectives are asking that anyone who believes that he/she has come into contact with John Vincent Angelini representing himself as a police officer, to contact Detective Wells at 240-773-6370.

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Update: Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision Investigation; Video and Photographs of Striking Vehicle Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a fatal, hit-and-run pedestrian collision that occurred on Thursday, August 4.  Today, investigators are releasing a description of what detectives believe to be the striking vehicle with accompanying video and photographs of the suspected vehicle and are urging anyone with information about this vehicle and/or collision to come forward to police.

On August 4 at approximately 9:24 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for a pedestrian collision in the 14400 block of Layhill Road.  While first responders were attempting to locate the collision, another call for a pedestrian collision was reported to be at Bel Pre Road and Homecrest Road, approximately one mile away.

Units responding to the Homecrest Road intersection located a deceased adult male in the roadway.  The victim was identified as Julius Henry Newton, age 77, of the 14800 block of Melfordshire Way in the Layhill area of the county.  Officers quickly determined that the two calls were actually for different parts of the same collision.

Detectives determined that the victim had been struck on Layhill Road as he walked from west to east across the southbound lanes of Layhill Road and had been carried by the striking vehicle approximately one mile to the Bel Pre Road and Homecrest Road intersection.  Witnesses stated that after the vehicle struck Newton, it slowed down momentarily and then accelerated, making a right turn to westbound Bel Pre Road.

Investigators, using witnesses’ descriptions of the striking vehicle and the path it took, along with detectives’ scene analysis of the movements of the striking vehicle, were able to identify the possible striking vehicle on video surveillance (discussed below).  Detectives were then able to better determine the characteristics of the striking vehicle:

Hit-and-Run Striking Vehicle Characteristics

  • 1993 to 1997 Honda Accord
  • Light to medium color – possibly tan, gold, silver, or white
  • Color of passenger side front fender is darker than rest of vehicle
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Example of Possible Striking Vehicle

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Striking Vehicle

 

 

Striking Vehicle Second Photo

Striking Vehicle

Two Videos of Striking Vehicle

An exterior camera on a local business and a camera on a Montgomery County Ride On Bus captured what is believed to be the striking vehicle as it traveled on Bel Pre Road.  The two videos are below:

Video of Striking Vehicle

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Video of Strinking Vehicle

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 Anyone with information about this fatal, hit-and-run, pedestrian collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.  The Victims Rights Foundation is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed the crime. 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 identification and arrest of the suspect.  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Media Advisory: Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Investigation of Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision

WHAT

  • Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit Detectives will hold a press conference to provide an update on the August 4 fatal, hit-and-run pedestrian collision that occurred on Layhill Road.  New information that will be released will include a description of what detectives believe to be the striking vehicle with accompanying video and photographs of the suspected vehicle.  Investigators will urge anyone with information to come forward to police.
  • The victim’s family members will speak to the media.

WHEN

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

Near the collision site – 14430 Layhill Road (Shopping center at the intersection of Layhill Road and Bel Pre Road).

 

MADD Media Event Regarding Noah’s Law Stamp Affixed to Interlock Devices

This is a  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) generated media advisory regarding a press event that will occur on Friday, September 30 in Rockville:

Noah’s Law Stamp to be Unveiled Hours Before Law Goes into Effect

Sticker to be affixed to drunk drivers’ ignition interlock devices across Maryland as a reminder that Noah is still on patrol

WHAT: MEDIA EVENT to unveil the new Noah’s Law stamp that will be affixed to ignition interlock devices in vehicles of drunk driving offenders in Maryland starting October 1st – the day Noah’s Law goes into effect.

Officer Noah Leotta was killed by a drunk driver while on DUI patrol last December.  His tragedy led to the long-sought passage of legislation to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders.  The sticker will serve as lasting tribute to Officer Leotta and a poignant reminder that, as his father says, Noah is still on patrol.

DATE: Friday, September 30, 2016 – the day before Noah’s Law goes into effect.

TIME:   11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Circuit Court of Montgomery County – Jury Lounge, 2nd Floor, 50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850

WHO:

  • Rich Leotta and Marcia Goldman, parents of fallen Officer Noah Leotta
  • Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
  • Montgomery County Police Captain Tom Didone, Commander, Traffic Division
  • Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine Nizer
  • State Delegate Ben Kramer, Chief Sponsor of Noah’s Law
  • Donna Hathaway-Beck, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • John Ulczycki, Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers
  • Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy
  • Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin

VISUALS:

  • 3 X 4-foot enlargement of Noah’s Law sticker will be unveiled.
  • Display of most commonly used ignition interlocks devices in Maryland.
  • Ignition Interlock Car Demonstration in the circular driveway in front of Circuit Court.

Those with questions can contact Bill Bronrott, MADD spokesperson, at the following:

202-270-4415,bronrott@gmail.com, @bronrott