Concern For Wheaton Man

Mua Van Tran

UPDATE:  Mua Van Tran has been located in northern Virginia.  He will be reunited with family.  MCP and family thank residents and media for their assistance in this case.         

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Wheaton man.

Mua Van Tran, 77 years old, left his Cone Lane residence in Wheaton at approximately 4:00 a.m. on today’s date.  He is described as an Asian male who is 5′ 10″ tall and weighs 130 pounds.  He has black hair.  Family members could not confirm a clothing description for Tran at the time he left the home.  Tran speaks Vietnamese and does not speak English.

Tran is believed to be operating a grey 2008 Toyota Camry with Maryland tags 6AX8766.

Police and family are concerned for Mua Van Tran’s welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tran or the grey Toyota Camry is urged to dial 9-1-1.



Four Suspects Charged in Series of Burglaries and Auto Thefts

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District and 3rd District Investigative Sections and detectives from the Central Auto Theft Unit have arrested and charged four suspects for a series of residential burglaries and car thefts that occurred in late May and early June. Residents of neighborhoods in White Oak, Kensington, and Chevy Chase Terrace reported burglaries that occurred overnight where property, to include credit cards and vehicles, were stolen.  Detectives determined that the suspects often gained entry into the occupied homes through unlocked windows and doors.

Detectives have arrested and charged Oussama Kassimi, age 25, of an unconfirmed address, Alejandro Josue Perez, age 23, of the 3100 block of 16th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., Rodrigo Adalberto Miranda, age 37, of an unconfirmed address, and Gary Johnson, age 36, of the 1300 block of Spring Road in Northwest, Washington, D.C. with burglary and theft offenses related to this series of burglaries.

During the investigation, detectives identified Miranda and Kassimi after both suspects used credit cards that had been stolen from a burglary to purchase items at pharmacies in Washington, D.C.  Detectives identified Perez and Johnson from physical evidence recovered from a vehicle that was stolen during a burglary and was later recovered by police.

Detectives have linked the four suspects to the following burglaries:

  • May 29 in the 200 block of Northwest Terrace in White Oak. Property was stolen from the home.
  • May 30 in the 900 block of Schindler Drive in White Oak. Property and a vehicle were stolen from the home.
  • June 1 in the 10500 block of Meredith Drive in Kensington. Two burglaries and an attempted burglary occurred at three residences.
  • On June 3, two burglaries in the 4600 block of Hunt Avenue and in the 4700 block of Morgan Drive in Chevy Chase Terrace. Property, credit cards, and a vehicle were stolen from the home on Morgan Drive.  Property and a vehicle were stolen from the home on Hunt Avenue.

On June 16, Miranda was arrested on the strength of the arrest warrant and is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.

On June 22, Johnson and Kassimi were arrested in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrants and extradited to Montgomery County.  Johnson was released on a $3,500 bond and Kassimi was released on a $3,000 bond.

On June 24, Perez was arrested on the strength of the arrest warrant and is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.


Oussama Kassimi

Alejandro Josue Perez


Rodrigo Adalberto Miranda

Gary Johnson



Update: Gaithersburg Lake Drowning Victim Identified; Death Ruled as Accidental

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have been investigating a drowning that occurred on June 17 in Maple Lake.

The victim is identified as Kodjo Jean-Claude Ayewou, age 14, of Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.  An autopsy that was completed in Baltimore by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause and manner of death to be an accidental drowning.

On June 17 at approximately 5:08 p.m., 6th District officers responded to Maple Lake (near Washington Grove Lane) in Gaithersburg, after a groundskeeper located personal belongings near the lake.

The Department requested the assistance of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue to search the pond.  Howard County Fire and Rescue, the Montgomery County Police Managed Search Operations Team, and Gaithersburg City Police officers assisted with this search.  Rescue personnel found and recovered Ayewou’s body in the water.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Media Advisory: 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp Graduation

The media is invited to attend the special graduation ceremony for the approximately 35 campers (3rd through 5th graders) who have participated in this week’s 10th Annual Police Adventure Camp.
The camp is a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Police, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Linkages to Learning program. The young campers have had opportunities to learn more about the work of police officers, as well as participating in character-building activities, sports, crafts, and field trips.

Friday, June 30, 3:00 p.m.

Maryvale Elementary School                                                                                            1000 First Street, Rockville, MD 20850

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Department of Liquor Control (DLC) Employee and Additional Suspect Arrested for Theft of Alcohol from DLC Trucks

Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section have charged Jean Auguste, age 27, of Lanham, and Montgomery County – Department of Liquor Control (DLC) employee Kelvin Eugene Snowden Junior, age 31, of Gaithersburg, with the theft of approximately $21,769.00 worth of alcohol from box trucks parked at the Department of Liquor Control warehouse on Edison Park Drive in Gaithersburg.

In February 2017, the DLC reported to the Police Department that an unknown individual(s) had stolen alcohol from their trucks on February 14 and February 24, 2017.   Detectives determined that a suspect entered the facility grounds by climbing over the lot’s perimeter fence when the DLC was closed and gates secured.  The suspect broke the security seal on multiple trucks, entered the cargo areas, and stole boxes of alcohol.  The suspect was recorded on DLC video surveillance.

As the investigation proceeded, six additional thefts occurred at the DLC storage facility: On April 23, April 30, May 7, May 16, May 26, and May 28.  During the May 28 theft, security personnel at the DLC observed the suspect on video surveillance and immediately called police.  A 1st District midnight shift officer, who had been briefed by detectives regarding the occurrence of the thefts, responded to the area and observed a Chevrolet Suburban parked in the far corner of the Lakelands Park Middle School basketball court.  Lakelands Park Middle School, located at 1200 Main Street, is adjacent to the DLC lot.  The officer made contact with the Suburban’s driver who was identified as Auguste.  The officer observed multiple boxes of alcohol in the vehicle which were determined to have been stolen from the DLC.  Auguste was arrested by patrol officers and charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and theft.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and released on bond.

Detectives, with the assistance of patrol officers, developed Snowden, Junior as the suspect who was unlawfully entering the DLC lot, stealing alcohol from trucks, and selling the alcohol on at least one occasion (May 28) to Auguste.  Snowden, Junior was arrested today on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant, charging him with theft offenses and malicious destruction of property.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Bond information is not available at this time.

Jean Auguste



Kelvin Eugene Snowden, Jr.