Serious Bethesda Collision Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a now-fatal collision that occurred on July 19 in North Bethesda.  A 92-year-old driver injured in the July 19 collision succumbed to his injuries on July 28.

On Wednesday, July 19 at approximately 11:11 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the area of Rockledge Drive and Democracy Boulevard for the report of a collision involving three vehicles.  The preliminary investigation by 2nd District officers revealed that a 1997 Chrysler Concord had exited a parking lot located at 6410 Rockledge Drive and was attempting to turn southbound onto Rockledge Drive toward Democracy Boulevard.  For reasons still under investigation, the Chrysler struck and crossed over the concrete median and collided with a 2017 BMW 430i that was traveling northbound on Rockledge Drive.  After being struck by the Chrysler, the BMW then struck a 2001 Nissan Maxima which was parked and unoccupied on Rockledge Drive.

The driver of the Chrysler, identified as Eugene Levine, age 92, of the 8100 block of Inverness Ridge Road in Potomac was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  Levine succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on July 28.

The driver of the BMW, identified as Steven Marc Collen, age 55, of the 6200 block of Lilac Bush Lane in Clarksburg, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Collen has since been released from the hospital.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

 

Concern for Missing Aspen Hill Woman

Ashley Gail Jenkins

Update: August 1, 2017 – Detectives have determined that Ashley Gail Jenkins is safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Aspen Hill woman.

Ashley Gail Jenkins, age 21, was last seen by family members at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon (July 29) when she left her Hewitt Avenue residence on foot. Jenkins is described as an African American female, approximately 5’2” tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.

Police and family are concerned for Jenkins’ physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Gail Jenkins is urged to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

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Detectives Investigate Rape in Gaithersburg; Composite of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the early morning July 26 rape of a 26-year-old female that occurred after she exited a restaurant/bar in Gaithersburg.

On Wednesday, July 26, officers were called to investigate the report of a sexual assault.  SVID detectives spoke with the victim, who reported that at approximately 2:30 a.m., she had exited Quincy’s Bar and Grille (616 Quince Orchard Road) in Gaithersburg with a male that she had met in the establishment.  Once outside, the male forced her to a grassy area adjacent to the Quince Orchard Plaza shopping center.  The victim stated that she freed herself from the suspect’s grasp as he was forcing her to the field but he was able to reestablish a hold on her.  The suspect then raped the victim.  After the assault, the suspect fled and the victim drove to her home to report the assault to police.

Detectives are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5′ 3″ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing glasses and had facial hair.

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or who may have information about this rape to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.  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 their line that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

Composite of Suspect

 

Germantown Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Juvenile; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr., age 21, of the 21200 block of Bunyan Circle in Germantown, for the rape of a 13-year-old female.

On June 23, the victim’s family reported her as a missing juvenile to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland.  The next day, June 24, the victim contacted her family and said that she was at the Extended Stay America Hotel located at 20141 Century Boulevard in Germantown.  Family members drove to the hotel and returned with the victim to Washington County.  On June 24, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was informed of this information by the victim’s family, and determined that the victim was at a hotel with a man who hotel records indicated was Berry Jr.

SVID investigators interviewed the victim and learned that in 2016, when the victim was 12-years-old, Berry Jr. and the victim began corresponding with each other on the social media applications “Instagram” and “Snapchat”.  The victim stated to investigators that she and Berry Jr. had met in person on a previous occasion and that he knew she was 13-years-old.   The victim further stated that on the evening of June 23, Berry Jr. picked her up at her residence in Washington County and drove her to the Extended Stay America Hotel in Germantown where they engaged in sexual acts.

On July 21, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Berry Jr. charging him with one count of second-degree rape (this second-degree rape charge is applicable because the victim was under the age of 14 and the suspect was four or more years older).

On July 27, detectives arrested Berry Jr. near his home on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.  Berry Jr. is being held without bond.

Investigators believe that Berry Jr. may have corresponded with other juvenile females via various social media applications and that there may be additional victims.   Anyone who believes that their child may have corresponded with and/or met with Berry Jr. is asked to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

*The Montgomery County Police Department is an affiliate member of the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force*

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Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Germantown Robbery Suspects

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a July 19 assault and robbery of an adult male in Germantown.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the four suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Wednesday, July 19 at approximately 10:32 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the area of the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown for the report of a robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that just prior to the assault and robbery, the victim was at the Taco Bell restaurant located at 19923 Crystal Rock Drive.  Once the victim had finished eating, he left the restaurant on foot and noticed that the four suspects, who had also been inside the Taco Bell, were now following him.   In the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive, the four suspects ran toward the victim, tackled him to the ground, and began to punch and kick him.  The suspects stole property from the victim and fled from the area.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery or the suspects is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  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.

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Suspect who committed a robbery in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown

 

Suspect who committed a robbery in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown

Suspect who committed a robbery in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown

Suspect who committed a robbery in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown