Concern For Germantown Man

UPDATE:  Freddy Jiron has been located.  Police thank residents and media outlets for their assistance in publicizing this case.

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Germantown man.

Freddy Jiron, of the 13700 block of Lark Song Drive was last contacted at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, when he was thought to be in the District of Columbia.   Police and family are concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.

Jiron is described as 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 165 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  Jiron is believed to be wearing a white polo shirt, blue jeans, and blue Nike shoes with white soles.  He has tattoos on both arms, with a right arm tattoo of a playing card that is on fire.  Jiron may be operating a black, 2015 Chevrolet Malibu with Virginia plate, VND1451.

Anyone with information with regard to the whereabouts of Freddy Jiron or the Chevrolet Malibu is urged to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.


Concern for Missing Bel Pre Area Man

Sairaj Nitin Shinde

Update: May 3, 2018 – Sairaj Nitin Shinde has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Bel Pre area man

Sairaj Nitin Shinde, age 25, of Bel Pre Road, last spoke with friends by text message at approximately 1:00 p.m. yesterday (April 26).  Family and friends have been unable to contact him since that time and Shinde has not returned to his residence.  Detectives believe that Shinde is driving his white, 2017 Honda Civic with Maryland tags: 9DB7439.

Sairaj Nitin Shinde is described as a white male, 5’ 6” tall and weighs 160 pounds.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family members are concerned for Mr. Shinde’s physical and emotional welfare.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sairaj Nitin Shinde or his vehicle to call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Department Honors Fallen Heroes: Twenty-Four-Hour Vigil Begins Tuesday; Memorial Service on Wednesday at Public Safety Memorial

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During Police Week, law enforcement officers and survivors from around the world come to Washington, DC, to participate in events that honor fallen officers.

Over the years, additional events of remembrance have been established in the month of May to honor public safety personnel that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout this month, the Montgomery County Police Department will remember and honor our fallen officers in various ways, beginning with a vigil and memorial service at the Public Safety Headquarters.

The Montgomery County Public Safety Employee Twenty-Four-Hour Memorial Vigil: Begins Tuesday, May 1

Beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 1, Montgomery County public safety employees both current and past, will participate in a twenty-four-hour vigil at the Montgomery County Public Safety Memorial on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg (100 Edison Park Drive).  During the twenty-four-hour time period, personnel will take turns standing watch at the Memorial as a way to honor the fallen.  This vigil will lead up to the Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Memorial Service held on Wednesday, May 2.

The Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Service: Wednesday, May 2

On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division will honor our fallen heroes at the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

What: Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

When: Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Public Safety Memorial, located on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878*

*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Public Safety Headquarters.

In Memory of:

Montgomery County Police Department

Police Officer III Noah A.  Leotta – December 10, 2015

Police Officer III William D. Talbert – January 27, 2012

Sergeant Hector I. Ayala – April 4, 2010

Police Officer III Luke T. Hoffman – April 25, 2007

Captain Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. – September 13, 2003

Police Officer III James E. Walch – January 25, 1994

Police Officer III Mark M. Filer – August 24, 1993

Police Officer III Philip C. Metz – March 27, 1981

Corporal John M. Frontczak – March 29, 1976

Captain James E. Daly, Jr. – March 28, 1976

Private William P. Conboy, Jr. – December 29, 1973

Lieutenant Donald A. Robertson – March 9, 1972

Lieutenant William H. Jessie – December 30, 1964

Private Robert W. McAllister – November 23, 1952

Private David G. Bisset – October 1, 1952

Patrolman James E. Shoemaker – February 4, 1938

Patrolman Webb S. Hersperger – June 18, 1933

Patrolman Joseph A. Case – December 17, 1928

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Captain James T. Hall – October 26, 1971

Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division

Officer Kristin M. Pataki – May 4, 2002



Update: Bel Pre Area Death Investigated as Homicide; Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, for the first-degree murder of his wife, Alice Mino Dennis, age 34, of the same address.  Today, investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Dempster II.

On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 11:04 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call to check Dempster II and Dennis’ welfare.  The complainant, a family member of Demspter II and Dennis, had been unable to contact them for several days.

Officers responded to the couple’s Bel Pre Road apartment and located Dennis deceased on the kitchen floor.  She had suffered trauma to her upper body.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore ruled her death a homicide.

Dempster II, the victim’s husband, could not be located.  Detectives noted that many of his personal items were gone from the apartment.

Through investigation, Major Crimes detectives have determined that Dempster II murdered his wife after a domestic dispute.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Investigators are seeking information from the public regarding the whereabouts of Dempster II.  Detectives have received information that Dempster II was seen in Baltimore on the afternoon of April 17.

Anyone with information about Dempster’s whereabouts is urged to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line) or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.


Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, is described as an African male, approximately 6’00” tall and 180 pounds.  Dempster has a prominent gold front tooth.










Detectives Charge Man with Visual Surveillance at a Rockville Cheerleading Studio

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested Cristian Gill, age 21, of Blandford Street in Rockville, for conducting visual surveillance of juveniles and adults in a business’ bathroom with prurient intent and without their consent.

On February 12, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the Shockwave Allstars cheerleading program located at 20 Southlawn Court in Rockville for a suspicious situation.  The complainant, the owner of the business, explained that on February 9, an employee called him and let him know that someone had left a USB or similar device near a sink in a unisex bathroom in the studio.  The owner, who was out of town, instructed the employee to leave it by the computer and that he would attempt to locate the device’s owner when he returned to the business.

The owner stated that earlier in the day on February 12, Cristian Gill, a gymnastics and cheerleading instructor at the studio, requested a meeting with him and they met in the parking lot of the business.  When they met, Gill handed the owner the device which had been found by the other employee in the bathroom (and which the employee had left by the computer).  Gill told him that the device was a camera he had placed in the bathroom and that he never recorded anything.  Gill showed him where in the bathroom he placed the camera.  Gill was asked to leave the property and he (the owner) notified the Police Department.

Officers took custody of the device, a camera designed to avoid detection.  A SD card can be inserted into the camera to store and transfer data and the camera also has internal storage capabilities.

A review of the business’ surveillance video by detectives indicated that Gill left the studio on February 9 presumably with his camera that had been found by another employee and did not return to the studio until February 12 when he met with the owner.

During a search of Gill’s home, (at the time he was residing in Silver Spring), investigators seized several electronic devices.  Forensic analysis of the devices by Electronic Crimes Unit officers was completed and approximately 49 photographs that had been taken in the Shockwave Allstars bathroom were located on an electronic tablet.  The photos were of both female and male adults and juveniles.  There were also photographs of Gill putting the camera into place in the bathroom.  Forensic analysis also revealed that there had been additional images and video files from the bathroom on the tablet but that at some point, all of the original photos were deleted from the device.

During this investigation, several of the victims from the images have been identified.  These identified victims are juvenile females and female and male adults.  Some of the photographs are not of a complete person and therefore identification in these cases is difficult if not impossible.  Investigators believe that the victims who are able to be identified have been identified and have been notified.

On April 24, detectives obtained a warrant for Gil’s arrest, charging him with multiple counts of conducting visual surveillance of another person in a private place without consent.  Gil was arrested yesterday (April 25) and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was held without bond and will have bond review today.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Special Victims Investigations Division detectives at 240-773-5400. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).



Cristian Gill