Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery and Kidnapping in Olney; One Suspect Arrested

Kofi Essuman Kwagyan

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Kofi Essuman Kwagyan, age 24, of the 3800 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Bladensburg, with committing a home invasion robbery in Olney after he was arrested by officers from the 4th District.

On Monday, January 23 at approximately 7:49 p.m., 4th District officers responded to residences in the 18100 block of Marksman Circle and the 18700 block of Bloomfield Road in Olney for the report of a home invasion robbery that detectives have determined began inside of an address on Marksman Circle.

The investigation by detectives determined that three adult males and an adult female were outside of the home at the Marksman Circle address when they were approached by two male suspects wearing ski masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  The suspects forced the victims back inside of the home.  A short time later, two additional adult male victims arrived at the Marksman Circle home and were confronted by the suspects and also forced inside the home.

The suspects obtained cash from the resident who lived at the Marksman Circle home.  One of the suspects ordered two of the male victims to accompany him in the car of one of the victims to the Bloomfield Road address in order to obtain more money.  While traveling in the car, one of the victims sent a text message to a resident inside of the Bloomfield Road address stating that he was being robbed and to call the police.  After receiving the text message, that resident called the police and reported the robbery.  After arriving at the Bloomfield Road residence, the suspect observed officers responding to the call for the robbery and fled on foot from the area.

Officers investigated and then responded to the Marksman Circle address where they learned from the remaining victims that the suspect who had been holding them at gunpoint had fled from the home shortly before the police arrived.

At approximately 8:40 p.m., officers patrolling the area for the suspects observed an individual that matched the suspect description boarding a Metrobus on Olney Sandy Spring Road near Hillcrest Drive.  Officers stopped the bus and identified this suspect as Kofi Essuman Kwagyan.  Officers discovered evidence from the home invasion robbery in Kwagyan’s possession.

Kwagyan was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) where was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, kidnapping, assault charges, and other related offenses.  Kwagyan is being held without bond.

Detectives continue to investigate this home invasion robbery and have reason to believe that this robbery was not a random event.  Investigators are actively working to identify the suspect who fled from the Marksman Circle address.

Anyone who has information about the unidentified suspect or this home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division 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 for this crime.


Media Advisory: MCP Latent Fingerprint Examiner to Retire with Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service


The media is invited to speak with Mary Ann Horton, Montgomery County Police Senior Latent Fingerprint Examiner, who will retire on January 31 with over 30 years of dedicated service with the Montgomery County Police Department.  During her career as a latent fingerprint examiner, she has analyzed fingerprint evidence for thousands of Montgomery County Police criminal investigations.

The media is also welcome to visit the Latent Print Unit (located at the Public Safety Headquarters) to observe Mary Ann Horton’s work.


Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Upon arriving to Headquarters, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.  A Public Information Officer will then escort you to the Latent Print Unit.


Please call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder After Assaulting Grocery Store Employee

James Lamont Odum

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section have charged James Lamont Odum, age 45, of Nancy Place in Gaithersburg, with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping after he assaulted an adult female grocery store employee in Gaithersburg.

On Saturday, January 21 at approximately 9:47 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call for the report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Food Express grocery store located at 16254 South Frederick Avenue.  Officers from the 1st District responded to the scene and spoke with the victim who stated that a regular customer, later identified as Odum, entered the store, purchased food, and then left the store.  A short time later Odum reentered the store and grabbed the victim from behind.  The victim told officers that Odum placed a knife to her side, and said that he was going to kill her and attempted to drag her out of the store.

The victim stated that during the struggle in the store, Odum grabbed her by the neck, began to strangle her, and then dragged her to the rear of the store.  At that point Odum threw her to the ground and said that he was going to kill her.  The victim told officers that Odum was about to stab her when a customer entered the store which caused Odum stop the assault on her and flee from the store with the knife.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the store and transported the victim to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Later on Saturday afternoon, officers located and arrested Odum at his residence.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping, first-degree assault, and second degree assault.  Detectives anticipate additional charges to be placed against Odum after consulting with the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Odum is currently being held without bond.  Odum will have a bond review tomorrow (January 23) at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.


Detectives Investigate Theft of $12,000 Worth of Clothing from Bethesda Store; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the January 5 theft of approximately $12,000 worth of clothing from the True Religion clothing store located within the Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the five suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Thursday, January 5 at approximately 7:09 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the True Religion store located at 7101 Democracy Boulevard for the report of a theft and an assault on a store employee that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that three male suspects and two female suspects, four of whom were carrying empty garbage bags, entered the True Religion store and immediately began to fill the bags with clothes from a display area.  The suspects then fled from the store.  A store employee who attempted to stop the suspects from leaving was assaulted by a female suspect as she fled.  The suspects were last seen leaving the mall through a loading dock door.

Anyone who recognizes these suspects or has information about this crime is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  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 for this crime.


Surveillance Video of Suspects


Suspects who committed theft at True Religion store in Westfield Montgomery mall

Concern for Missing Kensington Man

John Richard Friesburg

Update: January 24 at 11:30 a.m.: John Richard Frieburg has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Kensington man.

John Richard Frieburg, age 62, was last seen by family at approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon when he left his East Bexhill Drive residence.   Mr. Frieburg is new to the area and not yet familiar with his surroundings.  He does not have his wallet or cell phone with him.  Mr. Frieburg left without telling family where he was going.

John Richard Frieburg is described as a white male, 5’10” tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds.  He has long, grey hair and a salt and pepper colored beard.  Mr. Frieburg was last seen wearing a maroon sweater with a white stripe on it and blue jeans.

Police and family are concerned for John Frieburg’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Richard Frieburg is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.