Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Wheaton Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photograph Released

(from left to right) Suspect #3 and Suspect #2 in armed robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the October 11 armed robbery of a resident that occurred in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of two of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, the adult female victim was followed by the three suspects from the food court of the Westfield Wheaton Mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road to the stairwell entrance of a parking garage area of the mall.  The victim stated that the three suspects, one armed with a handgun, approached her and then concealed their faces with masks. The first suspect assaulted the victim and threatened her with the handgun while the second suspect removed her wallet from her pants.  The victim stated that the third suspect acted as a lookout during the robbery.  The three suspects then fled from the area.

The suspect who was armed with a handgun is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens, 5’ 5” tall, and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black and white Adidas tennis shoes, and had a black backpack.

The second suspect is described as an African-American male who is 5’ 8” tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds.  He has black eyes and brown hair.  He was wearing a black hoodie, dark blue pants, orange shoes, and had a black backpack.

The third suspect is described as an African-American male.  He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black shoes, and had a black backpack.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this armed robbery is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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.

 

Concern for Missing Silver Spring Area Man

Robert H. Matthews

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Silver Spring area man.

Robert H. Matthews, age 47, left the assisted living facility where he resides on Daleview Road on foot at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 26.  He has not been in contact with caretakers since that time.

Mr. Matthews is described as an African American male who is 6′ 6″ tall and weighs 218 pounds.  He has a grey beard and was last seen wearing clothing to include a light green reflective vest and an orange baseball cap.  Mr. Matthews uses a cane when he walks and is known to frequent the area of University Boulevard and Piney Branch Road.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Robert H. Matthews is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  (available 24 hours).

RLG

Concern For Missing Silver Spring Man

Sorie Thullah

Update:  Sorie Thullah has been located safe and unharmed.  Police thank the media and residents for their assistance in publicizing this case.

Detectives with the 3rd District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing 22-year-old Silver Spring man.

On Friday, October 27 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Sorie Alieu Thullah had been transported to Holy Cross Hospital on Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring for a medical evaluation.  During the evaluation Thullah left the hospital; he was not wearing any clothing.  Police and caretakers are concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.

Thullah is described as an African American male who is 5′ 7″ tall and weighs 135 pounds.  He lives in a group residence on Dewitt Drive in Silver Spring and his known to frequent the area of the Progress Place homeless resource center at 8106 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sorie Alieu Thullah is urged to call 9-1-1.

PRS

Detectives Charge Chevy Chase Man with Visual Surveillance

Jonathan Oldale

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section have arrested Jonathan Oldale, age 54, of Greystone Court in Chevy Chase, for conducting visual surveillance of an individual in a private place without his/her consent with prurient intent.

On May 5, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the Silver Star Gymnastics and Fitness Club located at 2701 Pitman Drive in Silver Spring for a suspicious situation.  The complainant, a club employee, stated that approximately three weeks prior, he located a backpack on the floor of the business’ unisex bathroom.  At the time, the employee picked up the backpack and noticed that it contained various cords and wires.  He exited the bathroom and was approached by a parent whose children are enrolled in gymnastics classes at the studio.  The parent, identified as Oldale, stated that the bag belonged to him and took the bag.

The employee further stated that on the day he called police, May 5, he had located the same backpack underneath a “Wet Floor” sign on the floor of the bathroom.  Upon inspecting the backpack, the employee noted that a camera had been placed inside what appeared to be an automobile key fob and then put in the backpack.  The employee noted that the camera was hot to the touch and a light on the camera was illuminated, indicating that the device was in the “on” position.  The employee removed the camera from the backpack and waited to see if anyone would retrieve the bag.  The employee observed Oldale remove the bag from the restroom.  Oldale then approached the club’s front desk two times to ask the receptionist if anyone had turned in a key fob.

Detectives obtained search warrants for Oldale’s home and vehicle. Investigators located an instruction manual for a key fob camera in Oldale’s vehicle.  A digital forensic exam was completed on a computer located in his home which revealed two videos of unidentified females who appear to be school-age being surreptitiously recorded while they were urinating in a bathroom.  Those recordings do not appear to be original videos; they appear to have been downloaded from the internet.  At this time, detectives have not located any videos that include victims from the gymnastics studio.

On October 11, detectives obtained a warrant for Oldale’s arrest, charging him with conducting visual surveillance of another person in a private place without consent.  Oldale turned himself into detectives on October 18 and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was released on bond.

Parents with concerns because their child has previously been in contact with Oldale may email investigators at: OldaleInvestigation@montgomerycountymd.gov. Parents are asked to describe, in as specific terms as possible, what their child’s interactions have been with Oldale. A parent may also email a photograph of the child to assist investigators, but a photograph is not required.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call detectives at 240-773-6710. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

RLI

MCP Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight – Always Choose a Sober Driver

During the Halloween weekend people may choose to celebrate and drink alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, October 27, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and troopers from Maryland State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, October 27 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**

RLG