Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing Gaithersburg Male with Autism

Update: October 27, 2017 – Alvaro Cervantes has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 28-year-old male with Autism.

Alvaro Cervantes of McDonald Chapel Court in Gaithersburg left his residence today on foot at approximately 2:30 p.m. to go shopping.

Cervantes is described as a Hispanic male, 5’4” tall, and weighing 140 pounds. He has curly black hair and brown eyes.  He may be walking with a limp.  Cervantes is familiar with public transportation and may be at a bus stop or transit center.  He might be carrying a white backpack.

Anyone with information in regard to the whereabouts of Mr. Cervantes is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).

Alvaro Cervantes

Concern For Missing Bethesda Man; Silver Alert Initiated

Won Soo Yim

UPDATE:  Won Soo Yim has been located safe and unharmed.  Police and family thank the media and residents for their assistance in publicizing this case.

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing Bethesda man.

Won Soo Yim, 80 years old, left his Westlake Drive residence on Wednesday, October 25 at approximately 4:20 p.m.  He was operating a black 2012 Nissan Sentra with Maryland tags, 7DA5239.  He has not been in contact with caretakers since that time.  The Maryland State Police have initiated a Silver Alert for Yim.

Won Soo Yim is described as an Asian male who is 5′ 2″ tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.  He has brown eyes and is partially balding with gray hair.  At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a blue striped shirt, black jacket, and black shoes.

In a similar incident earlier this year, Yim was located in Fairfax County.  Police and family are concerned for Yim’s welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Won Soo Yim is urged to call 9-1-1.



Update: Suspect Charged with Fraud Involving Victim with Autism; Detectives Received Numerous Tips

Financial Crimes detectives have charged Kim Dashawn Prophet, age 24, of an unconfirmed address, with fraud charges relating to a case involving a 22-year-old male victim with Autism.  The Department released surveillance photos and video of the unknown suspect (now identified as Prophet) in early October.  Detectives received approximately a dozen tips from the public providing information on the suspect’s (Prophet’s) identity.

This investigation revealed that Prophet befriended the victim and gained his trust over a period of time.  The suspect asked the victim for the victim’s bank account information, which he provided.  The suspect then asked to see the victim’s ATM card and stole it.

On August 11, the suspect entered the Navy Federal Credit Union located at 12244 Rockville Pike and posing as the victim, deposited a counterfeit (fake) check into the victim’s account.  The check showed the forged signature of the victim.  The suspect then went to the branch’s ATM and using the victim’s bank card that he had stolen, withdrew $600.00 from the victim’s account.

Using the tips received from the public, investigators identified Prophet as the suspect in this case.  He has been charged with numerous fraud and forgery crimes and obtaining property of a vulnerable adult by deception via a Montgomery County criminal warrant.  Prophet is currently in custody at the Arlington County, Virginia, Detention Facility on charges unrelated to this Montgomery County case.


Suspect Identified as Kim Prophet

Detectives Investigate Robbery and Shooting in Silver Spring; One Suspect Arrested

This morning at approximately 1:36 a.m., 3rd District police officers responded to a residence in the 9300 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring for the report of an armed robbery and shooting.

Officers located a 51-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his leg outside of the home and began to administer first aid.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation by detectives has determined that a family had just arrived at their residence on New Hampshire Avenue from a Washington, D.C. convenience store that they own.  The 51-year-old son was driving in one vehicle and the 53-year-old daughter and 77-year-old mother were in another vehicle.  As the mother and her daughter exited their car, they were confronted by two African American male suspects, both armed with handguns.  A struggle ensued between the two suspects and the two females.  The male victim came to the aid of his mother and sister and he was pushed to the ground and shot in the leg.  The suspects stole the females’ purses (which contained cash proceeds from the business and personal property) and fled in a black Nissan Sentra.

Due to the close proximity of the robbery to Washington, D.C. and Takoma Park and the possibility that the suspects may have fled in their vehicle to those jurisdictions, the Department informed the two police departments of the suspects’ physical and vehicle descriptions.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers located a black Nissan Sentra driving on New Hampshire Avenue in the area of Eastern Avenue in Washington, D.C., occupied by two individuals matching the description of the robbery suspects. MPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle.  Both suspects fled from the car.  One of the suspects was apprehended by Metropolitan Police officers.  The other suspect has not been apprehended.

The arrested suspect has been identified as Marlo Jenard Johnson, age 25, of an unconfirmed address.  He is in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department and will be charged with three counts of armed robbery and three counts of first-degree assault by the Montgomery County Police Department via an arrest warrant.

Detectives believe that the victims were targeted by the suspects – that the suspects had knowledge that the victims own a business and that the victims may have had business proceeds in their possession at that time.

Anyone who has information about this robbery is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Juvenile

Bernard Jappah Jr.

Update: October 26, 2017 – Bernard Jappah Jr. has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Gaithersburg juvenile.

Bernard Jappah Jr., age 16, was last seen by family members when he left his Curry Ford Lane residence on foot at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23.

Bernard Jappah Jr. is described as an African American male, who is 5’ 4” tall and weighs 140 pounds.  He has short black hair, brown eyes and wears glasses.  Bernard was last seen wearing a maroon sweater, blue jeans, and carrying a maroon backpack with an orange zipper.  Family members believe that Bernard may attempt to travel to New York City.

Police and family are concerned for Bernard’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Bernard Jappah asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).