Single Vehicle, Double Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a double fatal collision that occurred late on Wednesday in Potomac.

On Wednesday, October 18 at approximately 11:39 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Democracy Boulevard at Gainsborough Road for the report of a serious personal injury collision.  First responders located a 2011 Audi S4 off the roadway.  It was evident the vehicle had been involved in a crash.  The adult male driver and adult female passenger had succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Kent Matthew Brooks, 30 years old of Potomac, was driving the Audi eastbound on Democracy Boulevard, when for reasons still under investigation, the Audi left the roadway and struck a tree.  Brooks had addresses in the 7800 block of Heatherton Lane in Potomac and the 1400 block of Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda.  The passenger is being identified as Kathleen Michelle French, 33 years old, of the 7500 block of Heatherton Lane (not the same residence as Brooks) in Potomac.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620


MCP Officer Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver; Officer Receiving Treatment For Non-Life-Threatening Injuries

An officer from the 3rd District was injured in a collision involving a hit-and-run driver on Wednesday evening; the investigation is continuing.

On Wednesday, October 18 at approximately 10:35 p.m., a 3rd District officer was conducting a traffic stop of a motorist on southbound New Hampshire Avenue, south of Piney Branch Road.  A second officer stopped to assist the first officer, parking her vehicle on the roadway and exiting her vehicle to approach the stopped motorist.

For reasons still under investigation, a driver traveling south on New Hampshire Avenue struck one of the officer’s vehicles causing serious injury to one of the officers conducting the traffic stop.  The driver fled from the crash in the striking vehicle.  The injured officer was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  She is being identified as a 28-year-old female with approximately two and one-half years with the Montgomery County Police Department.

Officers from the 3rd District, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Takoma Park Police Department, and the Maryland State Police responded to attempt to locate the vehicle.  No additional information can be confirmed at this time.

The collision occurred in Prince George’s County and is being investigated by the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.


Update: Two Suspects Arrested for Silver Spring Park Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested Jesus Ponce Flores, age 18, of Takoma Park, Maryland, and David Lagunes-Bolanos, age 17, of Silver Spring, Maryland, for the homicide of 20-year-old Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra.    Lagunes-Bolanos is being charged as an adult. Guerra’s body was located by a hiker on Wednesday, September 6 in a creek in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park in Silver Spring.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide by multiple stab wounds.

The investigation revealed that on September 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the victim left his residence after telling his mom that he was going to meet a friend.  At approximately 10:00 p.m., the victim’s mother attempted to contact the victim on his cell phone but it appeared that the phone was off.  The victim did not return home and was not heard from again.  Detectives determined that the “friend” the victim was planning on meeting that night was Lagunes-Bolanos.

During the investigation, detectives received information that this homicide was committed by MS-13 criminal street gang members to include Flores and Lagunes-Bolanos.

Flores and Lagunes-Bolanos have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.  They were arrested on October 17 and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  They are being held without bond.


*A photo of David Lagunes-Bolanos will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Jesus Ponce Flores


Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 16, 2017

Nat’l Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:


MCP 2nd District Police Station                                     7359 Wisconsin Avenue

Chevy Chase:

Village of Friendship Heights Community Center            4433 S. Park Avenue

Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                 5906 Connecticut Avenue


Damascus Library                                                             9701 Main Street


MCP 6th District Station                                                  45A West Watkins Mill Rd. 

Gaithersburg Police Station                                              14 Fulks Corner Avenue

Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.            417 Russell Avenue

Senior Living at Kentlands Manor                                      217 Booth St., Kentlands


MCP 5th District Station                                                    20000 Aircraft Drive


Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs            Rockville City Police Station     2 W. Montgomery Avenue (Lobby of Rockville City Police building)

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack                            7915 Montrose Road

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington                                                                         6125 Montrose Road

Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station                                                    1001 Milestone Drive

Fire Station 1                                                                       8110 Georgia Avenue

Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby  7500 Maple Avenue


MCP 4th District Station                                                 2300 Randolph Road                                                                      

Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed. Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.




Concern For Missing Gaithersburg Man – Silver Alert Initiated

Young Shik Han

Update: October 16, 2017 – Young Shik Han was located in his vehicle by Calvert County Sheriff deputies this morning. He is safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the 6th District are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing Gaithersburg man.  Maryland State Police have also issued a Silver Alert for him.

Young Shik Han was with family members at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Seneca Creek State Park located at 11950 Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.  Han stated he needed to use the restroom and entered his vehicle to drive to that part of the park but never returned.  Family members believe that Han may be in the initial stages dementia.

Young Shik Han is described as 69-year-old Asian male.  He is 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 130 pounds.  He has brown eyes and grey hair.  He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, a black jacket, light blue pants, and glasses.

Most importantly, Han is thought to be operating a dark red Honda Pilot with Maryland tags, 6CJ8753.  This vehicle was seen in the area of Addison and Ronald Roads in Capitol Heights at approximately  9:00 p.m. this evening.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Young Shik Han or the dark red Honda Pilot is urged to call 9-1-1.

This photograph is a representation and is not the actual Honda Pilot.