Update: Missing Bethesda Man’s Credit Card Used; Surveillance Video Released

Female Who Used a Credit Card Belonging to Missing Bethesda Man

Female Who Used a Credit Card Belonging to Missing Bethesda Man

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a missing Bethesda man.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of a female who used a credit card belonging to John Patrick Donohoe and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

John Patrick Donohoe, age 36, was reported missing on Wednesday, December 14 after he was last seen by family members at his Auburn Avenue home at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 13.  At that time, Donohoe was driving a black, 2011 Chevrolet Equinox with Maryland tag: 2AK8853.  Donohoe’s vehicle has not been located.

Detectives have determined that on Thursday, December 22, a female used a credit card that belonged to Donohoe to purchase items at the Beauty Land beauty supply store located at 920 Shoppers Way in Upper Marlboro and at additional retail stores in the Hyattsville area.  The female purchased items having a total value of approximately $700.  Detectives would like to identify and speak with the female who was seen on the surveillance video using the credit card.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Patrick Donohoe or who has knowledge of the female seen in the surveillance video using Donohoe’s credit card is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

John Patrick Donohoe

John Patrick Donohoe

The vehicle shown in this photograph is a representation of  Donohoe's vehicle.

The vehicle shown in this photograph is a representation of the Donohoe’s vehicle.

Surveillance Video of Female Who Used Credit Card of Missing Bethesda Man

Surveillance Video of Female Who Used Credit Card of Missing Bethesda Man

Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this morning in White Oak.

On Tuesday, December 27 at approximately 11:21 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Columbia Pike (Route 29) and Stewart Lane for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Honda Fit was making a left turn from southbound Columbia Pike onto eastbound Stewart Lane and a 2014 Ford E-Series van was traveling northbound on Columbia Pike approaching Stewart Lane.  The Ford van and the Honda collided in the intersection.    After the initial collision, the Ford van then struck a 2012 Toyota Camry which was stopped for the red traffic signal on westbound Stewart Lane at Columbia Pike.

The driver of the Honda, identified as Mauro Juan Loli, age 83, of Ivywood Lane in Colesville, was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the Ford E-Series van, identified as Rohan Wayne Bryan, age 46, of Apple Road in Northeast, Washington, D.C., was not injured in the collision.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Yohnnes Birru Ayele, age 42, of Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Police Investigate Scam Targeting Former Montgomery County Government Employee

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating the report of a scam that targeted a former Montgomery County Government employee.

On Tuesday, December 20, 3rd District officers responded to a residence in Silver Spring for the report of a scam.  The investigation revealed that a former Montgomery County Government employee (who last worked for the county government approximately one year ago) received a letter in the mail with Montgomery County Government letterhead stating that the Montgomery County Government would cease mailing pay slips to its employees.  The letter instructed the employee to register for an online service called “Oracle ESS” by using her email account.  The letter further instructed the county employee to call 1-877-613-5121 if further assistance was required.

When the letter recipient called the telephone number that was provided in the email, a male answered the phone and informed the caller that she was the winner of an “energy credit” and all that was needed was for her to pay a shipping and handling cost.  The male then requested a credit card number.  The former employee refused to provide her credit card information and believing this was a scam, hung up the phone and contacted the police.  Investigating officers called the same telephone number and determined that the information and instructions provided in the letter was not part of a legitimate Montgomery County Government service.

MCP urges any individual who receives a scam letter in the mail that is similar to the scam letter reported in this incident to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Please read the following tips on what to do if you receive a letter, email, or a telephone call that you believe is a scam:

  • Do not provide information over the phone.  Scammers often ask leading questions to retrieve information from you.  Often, you do not realize that you are giving them valuable information.
  • Scammers create a sense of urgency.  Slow down and ask the caller for detailed information and a contact number.  Tell the caller you will call them back.  Then, attempt to verify the caller’s story by calling family and/or friends.
  • Remember that scammers often use a technique called “spoofing”.  Spoofing provides a fictitious number to a Caller ID display.
  • Do not send money.
  • Most importantly, contact police immediately if you believe you are the victim of a telephone scam.

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Concern for Missing Rockville Woman

Erica Grace Morris

Erica Grace Morris

Update: December 23, 2016 – Erica Grace Morris has been located safe and unharmed and has been reunited with family.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Rockville woman.

Erica Grace Morris, age 21, was last seen by family members at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, when she left her Cold Spring Road home without telling family where she was going.  Ms. Morris is familiar with public transportation and although she is an adult, she functions at the level of a 3rd grader.  Erica Morris is known to frequent the Rockville Library located on Town Square Plaza in Rockville, the Potomac Library located on Glenolden Drive in Potomac, and the Rockville Metro Station located on Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

Erica Grace Morris is described as a white female, 5’4” tall and weighing 115 pounds.  She has short, curly brown hair and blue-green eyes.  Ms. Morris was last seen wearing a bright green ski jacket, blue jeans, brown “Ugg” brand boots, and carrying a black duffel bag, and brown purse.

Police and family members are concerned for Erica Morris’ welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Erica Grace Morris 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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Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism to Sligo Creek Elementary School

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism to the Sligo Creek Elementary School located at 500 Schuyler Road in Silver Spring.

On Wednesday, December 21 at approximately 2:46 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Sligo Creek Elementary School for the report of a vandalism to the school.  School administrative staff stated to officers that a student reported to them that the words “kill all whites” had been written on the wall of a bathroom stall inside of a boys’ restroom.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the suspect(s) is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  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).

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