Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds Retiring with 29 Years of Dedicated Service; Beginning New Role as Charleston South Carolina’s Police Chief

Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds

On April 9, 2018, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds will complete his last tour of duty after 29 years of service with the Montgomery County Police Department.  He will become the City of Charleston (South Carolina) Police Department’s new Police Chief on April 16.

Assistant Chief Reynolds grew up in Gaithersburg and attended Seneca Valley High School.  Upon graduating from Florida State University in 1988, Luther Reynolds was hired by the Department as a civilian employee handling budgets and planning and policy issues. He entered the police academy in August of 1989.

His first assignment was as a patrol officer in the 5th Police District, which at that time combined coverage of both the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas. Reynolds rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain/Commander, to Assistant Chief.

Through the years, he has served in many positions to include Deputy Director of the 4th District, Commander of the 2nd District and 5th District, Director of the Personnel Division, Director of the Training and Education Division, and Director of the Special Operations Division. Since his appointment to an Assistant Chief in 2013, he has served as Chief of two bureaus: the Management Services Bureau and currently the Patrol Services Bureau.

Chief Tom Manger, commenting on Assistant Chief Reynolds’ retirement and future endeavor, said, “Charleston is getting one phenomenal police chief!  Chief Luther Reynolds has served Montgomery County with a commitment that is unsurpassed.   His genuine care for the public and for his troops has made him an outstanding leader.   He will remain a leading voice for our Nation’s law enforcement.”

“Montgomery County has been very good to me and my family.  We love the diversity, the proximity to D.C., the collaborative nature of government, and the strong support of policing and public safety.  This is a highly educated community filled with lots of very good people and leaders,” said Reynolds.  “I leave with the greatest respect for the men and women of the Montgomery County Police Department.  It has truly been an honor and pleasure to serve with them.  Chief Manger is an amazing man of much wisdom with regards to leadership and policing, as is Ike Leggett, our County Executive.”

Assistant Chief Reynolds has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Senior Management Institute for Policing, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Assistant Chief Reynolds, his wife Caroline, and their 21-year-old son Luke and 18-year-old daughter Grace have lived in Gaithersburg.

The Police Department is indebted to Chief Reynolds for his 29 years of dedicated service both to the Department and to the community, and we wish him great success as the Chief of the City of Charleston Police Department.

Concern for Missing Man

UPDATE: 3/25/2018 – Eric Hajos has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing man.

Eric Duane Hajos, age 47, was last known to be at a shelter located on East Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg on March 23.

Hajos is described as a white male, 6’ 0″ tall and weighing 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.  He has a tattoo on his arm and tattoos on his chest.

Police and family are concerned for Hajos’ well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Eric Duane Hajos is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.

Eric Hajos













Police Investigate Domestic-Related Homicide; Suspect Arrested

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested Shannon Marci Jefferson Lozano, age 22, of the 10500 block of Cascade Place in the Wheaton area, for the first-degree murder of her great-grandmother, 80-year-old Doris Elizabeth Shelton of the same address.

Yesterday, March 23, at approximately 3:19 pm, the victim’s husband called 911 to report that he had come home and found his wife unresponsive and not breathing. Police and Fire & Rescue responded to the residence on Cascade Place and confirmed that the victim was deceased.

The initial investigation by officers at the scene revealed that there was apparent trauma to Shelton’s body. Officers began to investigate the death as a homicide. Shelton’s great- granddaughter, Lozano, was developed as a suspect in the death. A lookout was placed via the police radio for Lozano and Maryland- National Capital Park Police Officers arrested her a short distance from the home.

Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and began to investigate the homicide. Lozano was interviewed by investigators at Police Headquarters and made a statement implicating herself in the assault of her great-grandmother. Lozano was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree murder. She is being held without bond.

The victim’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm the cause and manner of death.

The circumstances surrounding this homicide remain under investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional details will be released.


Shannon Lozano





Detectives Investigate Double Fatal Collision in Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a collision resulting in two deaths that occurred in Potomac last night.

On Friday, March 23 at approximately 7:55 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Oaklyn Drive at Pleasant Gate Lane for the report of a serious collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Ford Expedition was traveling westbound on Oaklyn Drive and that a 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG was traveling eastbound on Oaklyn Drive.  For reasons still under investigation, the Ford and the Mercedes collided on Oaklyn Drive at Pleasant Gate Lane.  Two rear-seat passengers in the Mercedes suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.  They are being identified as Hersh Bhansaly, age 25, of Bethesda and Brian Everett Laurence, age 25, of Potomac.

The operator of the Mercedes is being identified as Daniel Alex Epstein, age 25, of the 800 block of Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, California. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An adult male front-seat passenger in the Mercedes was transported to a local hospital with non-life- threatening injuries.

The operator of the Ford Expedition is being identified as Addison Leigh Poole, age 16, of the 17500 block of Wheat Fall Drive in Derwood.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two juvenile female passengers in the Ford were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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


Detectives Investigate Rape in Gaithersburg; Composite of Suspect Released

Composite sketch of Gaithersburg rape suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the March 16 rape of a 27-year-old female that occurred in Gaithersburg.  Today, investigators 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 and approximately 5′ 9″ tall.   He was wearing a black hoodie with white fleece lining in it and dark jeans.

On Friday, March 16 at approximately 1:03 a.m., 6th District officers and Gaithersburg City Police officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Park Avenue for the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred.  The investigation determined that the victim was surprised by an unknown male as she was entering her home.  The assault occurred inside the residence and after the assault, the suspect fled from the home.

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.