Concern for Missing Silver Spring Area Teenager

Hilmer Anibal Espino

Update: February 28 – Hilmer Anibal Espino has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department –  Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager from the Woodside area of Silver Spring.

Hilmer Anibal Espino, age 16, of the 8800 block of Lanier Drive, has been reported missing by his family.  Espino is described as a Hispanic male, 5′ 6” tall, and weighing 130 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  Espino has tattoos of the cartoon character Snoopy on his chest and the word “Estella” on his left arm.

Police and family are concerned for Hilmer’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hilmer Anibal Espino is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Concern for Missing Rockville Area Man

Philip Richard Horner

Update: February 28 – Philip Richard Horner has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

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

Philip Richard Horner, age 62, who resides at the Montgomery County Men’s Emergency Shelter located at 600 East Gude Drive has been reported missing by shelter staff.

Horner is described as a white male, 5’ 9” tall and weighing approximately 145 pounds.  He is balding with brown and gray hair and has brown eyes.  Horner is known to frequent the Rockville Town Center area.

Horner does not have his prescribed medication with him and police and family members are concerned for his emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Philip Richard Horner 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 Holds Quarterly Award Ceremony

The Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony today at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the Medal of Valor, the Life Saving Award, and Commendation. The award recipients are as follows:

Medal of Valor – The Department’s highest award.  The Medal of Valor is awarded to an employee for heroism and distinction in extremely hazardous circumstances. In order to be considered for this honor, an employee must exhibit unusual bravery in the performance of duty while facing the threat of death of serious injury.

Medal of Valor Recipients:

Police Officer III Jeffrey Hughes

  • On August 10, 2016, Officer Hughes was working off duty at the Flower Branch Apartments.  Officer Hughes had left the apartments to assist another officer with a call for service at the Long Branch Library when he heard a loud explosion nearby.  He returned to the Flower Branch Apartments and observed that apartments were on fire and that some of the building appeared to have collapsed.  Officer Hughes assisted residents who were jumping to safety from their burning apartments.  Officer Hughes continued to help residents from the surrounding areas and assist Fire/Rescue personnel in determining the number of possible victims of this horrible explosion.

Police Officer II Daniel Garcia
Police Officer I Mark Monsini
Police Officer II David Schramm
Police Officer III William Seidel
Police Officer II Thomas Tibbs
Police Officer III Stephen Wells

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Life Saving Award – The award given to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Life Saving Award Recipients:

Police Officer III Kevin Correa
Police Officer I Ashley Mosner
Police Officer II Holman Santos

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Police Officer III Barton Hudson

  • Officer Hudson performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for approximately 4 minutes on a person that suffered a heart attack until Fire/Rescue arrived.  The individual was transported to Shady Grove Hospital.

Police Officer III Seth Carson

  • Officer Carson performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on an individual that suffered a heart attack.  The individual recovered.

Police Officer III Roderick Cox
Police Officer III Andrew Richardson
Police Officer II Samuel Supnick
Police Officer III Joshua Swecker

  • The above officers applied life-saving measures to an individual that was a suspect in a robbery.  The individual had broken through a window to gain access to a house. The officers found the suspect going in and out of consciousness.  He had a large laceration on his arm, later determined to be an arterial bleed. The suspect was combative.  Officers applied pressure and a hemostatic agent to the wound in an attempt to stop the heavy bleeding. When this failed, officers applied a tourniquet to the arm.  The individual was rushed to the hospital and survived his injuries.

Corporal Joseph Dodson

  • Officer Dodson reached through a fence along the overpass of Columbia Pike and Briggs Chaney Road to prevent a suicidal individual from jumping off the overpass.

Police Officer III Dale Steffen

  • Officer Steffen located a 16-year-old girl threatening suicide on the roof of her house and went on the roof to pull her to safety.

A Commendation – Is awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Corporal Raymond Bennett
POIII Nicholas Bonturi
POIII Bassell Ifield
POIII James Walls

  • Officers attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspect involved in a conspiracy to commit murder.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into trees on Emory Lane.  The officers who responded to the collision observed smoke coming from the vehicle and reacting quickly, safely removed the three individuals from the vehicle just as the car became completely engulfed in fire.

Corporal Bill Tran
Sergeant Edward Wilcher

  • The above officers responded to a first-degree assault.  The officers located and arrested the suspects and recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the suspects’ possession.  The gun had been stolen in a recent residential burglary.

Police Officer III Andrew Byrd
Police Officer III Andrew Curran
Police Officer III Laura Nichols

  • The above officers received a Commendation for their roles during an incident that involved a suicidal individual with a handgun. Upon arriving at the location, the officers found the person in his vehicle. The individual advised the officers that he had a loaded handgun and additional firearms in the trunk of his vehicle. Over the course of approximately 30 minutes, the officers were able to convince the individual to surrender his handgun and exit his vehicle.

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing Autistic Woman from Gaithersburg

Soraya Pharah Mascall

Update – February 22, 2017: Soraya Pharah Mascall has been located safe and unharmed.

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing autistic woman.

Soraya Pharah Mascall, age 22, of Rideout Court, was last seen by friends when she left a Courthouse Square address in Rockville on foot at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17.  She last spoke on the phone with her mother at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon but did not provide her location.  Ms. Mascall has high-functioning autism and is familiar with public transportation.

Soraya Pharah Mascall is described as an African American female, 5’5” tall, and weighing 190 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.  Ms. Mascall was last seen wearing a red jacket over a blue polo shirt with the Montgomery County Maryland logo on it, and khaki pants.

Police and family members are concerned for Ms. Mascall’s physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Soraya Pharah Mascall is asked dial 9-1-1 or to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.

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Concern for Missing 81-Year-Old Woman with Alzheimer’s

Shoamamash Hailesus

UPDATE, February 21,2017: Shoamamash Hailesus has been located safe and unharmed and has been reunited with family.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 81-year-old Silver Spring woman with Alzheimer’s.

Shoamamash Hailesus was last seen at her residence in the 9400 block of Curran Road in Silver Spring today at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Hailesus does not speak English – she speaks Amharic.  Hailesus does not have access to a vehicle and is not familiar with public transportation.

Hailesus is an Ethiopian female, 5’0” tall, and weighing approximately 100 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a white headscarf, a red, floral-print, floor-length dress, and black pants.

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Shoamamash Hailesus is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.