The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is changing its crime measurement and data reporting to the federal government. Earlier this year, the MCPD began reporting details about its individual crime incidents in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Through last year, MCPD reported its crime data following the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Summary guidelines, where only total counts of specific incident classifications are reported.
NIBRS provides a higher level of detail on crime than the current UCR Summary system, which has been in use since 1929. There are approximately 6,600 law enforcement agencies in the United States currently reporting under NIBRS. The FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) have jointly funded 21 large police agencies and multiple states to support transitions to the new crime data collection system through the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) program. It is part of a broader effort endorsed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to have all law enforcement agencies across the nation report NIBRS data by 2021.
In 2016, the Maryland State Police was awarded a grant under NCS-X, to plan its transition so that it may expand its capacity to collect detailed incident-based crime statistics from all Maryland agencies. The NCS-X project is intended to create a NIBRS national representative crime sample that includes many of the police departments serving the largest populations, such as Montgomery County.
NIBRS is designed to provide a more complete picture of crime and how it influences U.S. jurisdictions both urban and rural. The system covers a broad range of offenses and provides information on victim and offender characteristics, the relationship between victims and offenders, weapon use, victim injury, location, time of day, and arrest outcomes. It also increases police transparency and accountability in reporting and counting crime, serving as a single national standard for incident reporting.
Update: August 22, 2017 – Matthew Wood has been located safe and unharmed.
Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.
Matthew Wood, age 33, was taken to an appointment at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services building located at 8818 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring by a family member on the morning of August 16. Family has been unable to contact him since that time.
Mr. Wood and the family member made plans for Wood to use the Metro system to return to his family’s home in Washington, D.C. after his appointment had concluded. Family reported that they have had no contact with Mr. Wood since he was dropped off. Mr. Wood is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and is bald. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and patterned cargo shorts.
Mr. Wood does not have his necessary medication with him. Police and family are concerned for Mr. Wood’s physical and emotional welfare.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Wood is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.
Update: 8/20/17 – Megumi “Meg” Zorn has been located safe and unharmed.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Chevy Chase woman.
Megumi “Meg” Zorn, age 39, of the 3500 block of Glenmoor Drive, was last seen leaving her residence on foot at approximately 11:15 a.m. today. Zorn is described as an Asian female, approximately 5’6″ tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She wears glasses. Zorn was last seen wearing dark pants, a dark-colored t-shirt, and a navy blue baseball cap. She was carrying a small green duffel bag. Zorn frequents coffee shops and libraries.
Police and family are concerned for Zorn’s physical and emotional welfare.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Megumi “Meg” Zorn is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.
Megumi “Meg” Zorn
Jeffrey Michael Uy
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Jeffrey Michael Uy, age 22, of Tall Pine Lane in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, with the assault and attempted second-degree rape of a 24-year-old female. Uy committed these offenses yesterday afternoon in a Gaithersburg area park. Detectives are concerned that Uy may have assaulted additional victims. Anyone with information regarding Uy or a victim is urged to call the police 24-hour non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.
On Monday, August 14 at approximately 10:42 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for the report of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park located near Frederick Road and Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg.
The investigation by officers revealed that the victim had been walking her dog on a trail in the park when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect started to talk to her about her dog and then asked her twice to have sex. When the victim refused, the suspect then grabbed her by her arms and attempted to restrain her. The victim freed herself from the suspect’s grasp and fled on foot into the park with the suspect chasing her. Once the victim determined that the suspect was no longer behind her, she immediately called 9-1-1.
6th District officers responded to the park and as they spoke to the victim, she observed the suspect walking on a nearby trail and pointed him out to the officers. Officers stopped the suspect and identified him as Uy.
During a police interview, Uy admitted to grabbing the victim and stated to investigators that he intended to have sex with her. Uy further told detectives that he went to the park for the specific purposes of finding someone with whom to engage in sexual intercourse. Uy further said that he did not care if the victim refused his requests and that he was going to have intercourse with her regardless.
Uy was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault. He was ordered to be held without bond.
Montgomery County Police offer the following safety tips when recreating in the parks:
- Notify family and/or friends of your plans – where you will be and what time that you expect to return.
- Know the name and location of the park/facility that you are using
- Always carry a cell phone with you and ensure that it is fully charged
- Should you need emergency services, knowing your exact location at all times will help rescue personnel locate you quicker
- Be observant and aware of your surroundings at all times
- Avoid poorly lit or desolate areas
- If you feel uncomfortable in someone’s presence, trust your feelings and take measures to distance yourself from him or her