Suspect in Thefts and Attempted Thefts from Vehicles
Detectives from the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit (PIU) continue to investigate the February 22 thefts and attempted thefts from unlocked vehicles that occurred in the Cider Barrel neighborhood in Germantown. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video obtained from a home that show three suspects, and are asking for the public’s help to identify them. The investigation has revealed the following:
- These incidents occurred during the overnight hours of February 21 into the early morning hours of February 22. The suspects targeted vehicles parked in driveways and on the following roads: Cider Barrel Drive, Weybridge Lane, Regents Park Drive, and Notting Hill Way.
- It is believed that the suspects targeted unlocked cars because there were no signs of forced entry into any of the vehicles.
In the video being released today, one suspect can be seen approaching two vehicles on Regents Park Drive and trying to open a door on each of the vehicles. The suspect, after realizing that the doors on each vehicle are locked, then walks away. Two other suspects wearing backpacks can be seen walking on the street behind the suspect who is attempting to open vehicle doors.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect, or these thefts from vehicles is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6263. 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. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Residents are again reminded to remove all items from their vehicles (to include vehicle keys) and to lock vehicle doors. As is in these cases, unlocked vehicles become easy targets.
Surveillance Video of Suspect
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have made an arrest in their investigation of the suspicious death, now determined to be a homicide, that occurred on March 21, in the victim’s residence in the 1000 block of Mondrian Terrace in Silver Spring.
The victim is identified as 17-year-old Christian Leroy Matthews of the above block address.
Yesterday evening (March 23), investigators arrested Tysean A Lipford, age 19, of 13th Street in Silver Spring and charged him with the first-degree murder of Matthews. Lipford, identified as the father of the victim’s niece, confessed to the killing.
Investigation by detectives determined that on Tuesday, March 21 at approximately 2:25 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call reporting a suspicious situation from the Mondrian Terrace address. Residents of the home reported hearing a large commotion coming from the basement, where the victim lived, and called 9-1-1.
Officers responded to the home and searched the residence at the request of the occupants, the victim’s sisters. The officers located Matthews unresponsive in his basement bedroom. During an examination of the body, officers observed suspicious marks to the victim’s neck. Matthews was transported by Fire and Rescue personnel to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Lipford is scheduled to have a bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.
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Montgomery County Police – 3rd District officers have arrested Daniel E. Grant, age 34, of the 3400 block of Robey Terrace in Silver Spring, for commercial burglary and theft offenses. Grant remained inside the White Oak Sears department store after the store had closed and stole approximately $830,000 worth of jewelry from the store before he was apprehended by police.
On Friday, March 17 at approximately 11:32 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to the Sears department store located in the White Oak Shopping Center at 11255 New Hampshire Avenue for the report of a commercial burglary alarm.
It was developed through the course of the investigation that after the store had closed at 11:15 p.m., and the store’s alarm system was activated, the alarm alerted to motion activity in several locations within the store. 3rd District officers and K9 officers entered the Sears and observed a suspect with his face concealed and wearing all dark clothing and gloves fleeing from the area of the jewelry department. This suspect, later identified as Grant, fled out of a front entrance of the Sears and was immediately arrested by officers who were positioned outside of the store.
Detectives determined that Grant had remained in the Sears after the store had closed for the evening. Once the store closed, Grant proceeded to the jewelry department where he used a hammer he obtained from inside the Sears to break out the glass from multiple jewelry display cases. After he broke into the display cases, Grant stole approximately $830,000 worth of jewelry and put the jewelry into a backpack purse that he had obtained from the Sears. Grant’s theft was interrupted by the officers who had entered the Sears to investigate the motion alarms. As Grant was fleeing from the responding officers, he left the hammer and the Sears shopping bag that contained the stolen jewelry in the jewelry department area.
Grant was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) where he was charged with two counts of commercial burglary and one count of theft. Grant was ordered to be held without bond.
UPDATE: March 22, 2017 (approximately 10:23 p.m.) – Huu Banh has been located and is being reunited with family.
The Montgomery County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Germantown man. A Silver Alert has been activated for Huu Banh, age 78, of Watercress Circle in Germantown.
Huu Banh was last seen on Tuesday, March 21 at approximately 7:00 a.m. at his residence. Banh is described as an Asian male, 5’01″ tall, weighs approximately 125 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair. He wears glasses.
Police and family are concerned for Banh’s physical well-being.
Banh is driving a silver, 2001 Honda Civic with Maryland tag: HTD625.
Anyone with information regarding Huu Banh’s whereabouts or anyone who sees his vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division are investigating the suspicious death of a teenage male at a residence in the 1000 block of Mondrian Terrace in Silver Spring.
This morning at approximately 2:25 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call reporting a suspicious situation at the above address.
Officers responded to the home and located an unresponsive teenage male resident in the basement. The victim was transported by Fire and Rescue to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
The male’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the manner and cause of his death.
The investigation is ongoing and therefore no additional details can be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5700.