Juvenile Charged with Silver Spring Stabbing

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating an assault and stabbing of a 14-year-old female by a 14-year-old male that occurred this afternoon near a public bus stop in Silver Spring.

On Thursday, April 27 at approximately 3:11 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of East Franklin Avenue at University Boulevard East for an assault and stabbing of a juvenile female by a juvenile male whom the victim knew.

Officers arrived at the scene and located the victim who was suffering from a stab wound.  The suspect had fled from the area on foot.  The victim provided the suspect’s description to officers.  A 3rd District officer observed the suspect walking in the area and took him into custody.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim may have been stabbed with a knife.

The 14-year-old suspect is being charged as a juvenile with first-degree assault.   He was released to the custody of his parents.

NOTE: The name and photograph of the suspect is not being released due to his age.

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Detectives Charge Suspect with Rape and Robbery

Antonio Devon Kamara

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Antonio Devon Kamara, age 33, of an unconfirmed address, with the first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and robbery of a 32-year-old female.  Kamara committed these offenses yesterday afternoon on Castle Boulevard.

On Wednesday, April 26 at approximately 2:27 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a resident who reported that a woman had flagged him down in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard and said that she had been raped.

3rd District officers responded to that area of Castle Boulevard and located the victim.  The victim stated to the officers that she had been walking on the sidewalk in that area of Castle Boulevard and was talking on her cell phone when the suspect approached her from behind.  The suspect attempted to talk to her, and she did not respond.  The suspect grabbed the victim from behind, took her cell phone, and pushed the victim into a wooded area off of Castle Boulevard.  The victim began screaming for help and the suspect threatened to kill her if she did not remain quiet.  The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim and stole money from the victim’s purse before fleeing on foot.

The victim provided the suspect’s description to officers.  A 3rd District officer observed an individual, later identified as Kamara, who matched the suspect’s description walking in that area of Castle Boulevard.  The officer attempted to stop Kamara but he fled on foot as the officer approached.

Officers pursued Kamara on foot into a wooded area where he was taken into custody.  The victim positively identified Kamara as the person who had sexually assaulted her.

Kamara was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, robbery, theft less than $100.00, and kidnapping.  Kamara was ordered to be held without bond.

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MCP Traffic Division Conducts Operation Safe Ride To School Initiative

Throughout the year, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers, in addition to their daily patrols educating the public on traffic laws and enforcing those laws, conduct focused traffic-safety initiatives. In April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Police Department has conducted enforcement that focuses on the illegal use of cell phones while driving.  In May, the Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket Campaign which is intended to increase the awareness of using seat belts and child safety seats and using them properly.

The MCPD – Operation Safe Ride To School initiative is both an educational and enforcement campaign that focuses on distracted driving and seat belt and child safety seat use around Montgomery County Public school entrances and drop-off lanes during the morning arrival of students.  It began this month (April) and will continue in May.  The Department has received numerous complaints and concerns that drivers are talking on cell phones during school drop-off and are not properly securing children in car seats or not using safety seats.  The Department recognizes that the arrival of children at school is often a very active time of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic and safety during this time is a priority.

In regard to the educational aspect of this Operation Safe Ride To School campaign during April, Traffic Division officers with the assistance of MCPD Cadets and interns have observed morning traffic near elementary and middle schools. Officers have noted the number of cell phone and seat belt and safety seat violations they observed.  The record of those violations are then shared with school officials who in turn share them with parents and guardians.  During May, Traffic Division officers will begin the enforcement component of this initiative and will enforce the illegal use of cell phones by drivers and seat belt and safety seat violations around public schools during the morning arrival of students.

The Department’s goal with this initiative is to work to maximize everyone’s safety during the arrival at school.

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MCP Recognizes Interns and Volunteers at Annual Banquet

Yesterday at the 2017 Intern and Volunteer Banquet, the Montgomery County Police Department recognized all of the interns and volunteers that selflessly give their time to the Department.  In 2016, interns and volunteers contributed approximately 30,882 hours to the Department.  Currently there are 72 active interns and 72 active volunteers.

The following interns, volunteers, and supervisor received special awards at the banquet:

Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation

  • Meg Baker

Volunteer of the Year

  • Clare Jacocks

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Michael Coxen
  • Dr. Abby Morris
  • Bruce Redding
  • Bill Richbourg

Intern of the Year

  • Kevin Siroka

Outstanding Intern Award

  • Michael Chatlin
  • Kathyrn McClaflin

Gloria A. Carter Memorial Award

  • David Fisher

Robert B. Davis Memorial Award

  • Dr. Joel Buzy

Noah A. Leotta Distinguished Service Award

  • Haley Johnson

Supervisor of the Year

  • Ryan Mattsson

5 Years of Service Awards

  • Barkhad Hamud
  • Brianna Morey
  • Pamela Thompson
  • Paul Weiss

10 Years of Service Award

  • Annette Luyegu

20 Years of Service Award

  • Steven Ornstein

25 Years of Service Award

  • Roseann Schneider

For more information about how to volunteer or intern with the Montgomery County Police Department, please visit:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/volunteer/intern.html

Thank you to all of our interns and volunteers for providing such a valuable service.

Montgomery County Police Department interns

Montgomery County Police Department volunteers

 

 

 

 

MCP Fifth District Commander David Gillespie Named Chief of Melbourne, Florida Police Department

Fifth District Commander David Gillespie will be retiring from the Montgomery County Police Department after a 28-year career. He will begin his new position as the Chief of the Melbourne, Florida Police Department later this spring.

A native of Montgomery County and a second-generation Montgomery County Police (MCP) officer, Commander Gillespie began his law enforcement career on August 7, 1989.  His father, Bernard Gillespie, served with MCP from 1961 to 1984 and retired as a sergeant.

During his career, Commander David Gillespie served in many capacities to include the Director of the Special Investigations Division, the Public Safety Training Academy, and the Major Crimes Division.  He has served as Commander of the Fifth District from 2013 to the present and will retire as the longest serving Fifth District Commander since that station opened in 1980.

Gillespie is the father to three supportive children and attributes much of his success to his family and extended family.

Captain Mark Plazinski, a 23-year veteran of the Department, will be the new Fifth District Commander starting May 1.

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