Suspect Arrested in Bethesda Fatal House Fire Investigation

Daniel Lewis Beckwitt

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Daniel Lewis Beckwitt, age 27, of the 5200 block of Danbury Road in Bethesda with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Askia Khafra, age 21.

On September 10, 2017, at approximately 4:23 p.m., 2nd District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the report of a fire at Beckwitt’s Danbury Road residence.  During the investigation, Khafra was located deceased in the basement of the home.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of Khafra’s death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

Beckwitt was arrested without incident on Friday, May 25, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of First Landing Way in Burke, Virginia.  Assisting in this arrest were members of the Fairfax County Police Department and the United States Marshals Service, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Beckwitt remains in the custody of Fairfax County officials awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.

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Concern for Missing Bethesda Woman with Dementia

UPDATE: May 26, 2018, 12:50 am : Rosalyn Weiner has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who is missing from Bethesda and has dementia.

Rosalyn Weiner, age 84, of the 7600 block of Old Georgetown Road, was last seen by a family member at approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday (May 24) in her Bethesda apartment. The family member returned to Weiner’s apartment today at approximately 2:30 p.m. and discovered that Weiner was not in the residence.

Weiner is described as a white female, 5’1” tall and weighing 140 pounds. She has blue eyes and blond hair.  Ms. Weiner does not drive.

Anyone who has information regarding Ms. Weiner’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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Rosalyn Weiner

After-School Program Employee Charged with Texting Students Inappropriate and Sexual Content

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department –  Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Christopher Steve Escobar, age 27, of Port Haven Drive in Germantown, for having inappropriate and sexual communication (texting) with two boys that began when the boys were in elementary school and continued through their middle school years.  At the time of these offenses, Escobar was employed with a company that administered an after-school program at the victims’ elementary school.

Investigation by detectives revealed that in approximately August of 2012, Escobar began inappropriately texting two approximately 9-year-old male elementary school students whom he came into contact with as an employee of the Bar-T after-school program at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School in Kensington.  The texting between Escobar and the two victims continued until 2017, when the two males were approximately 14 years old.  It should be noted that the two victims did not have knowledge of each other’s texting with Escobar.

On May 24, detectives arrested Escobar on the strength of a warrant, charging him with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor for the exploitation of these two victims.  Escobar was arrested at his residence and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He is being held without bond.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims.  Detectives are requesting that parents talk to their children about possible interactions with Escobar and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

 

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Christopher Escobar

 

Arrest Made in Animal Cruelty Case; Germantown Man Charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Herbert Allen Green

On Thursday, May 24, Montgomery County Police 5th District officers arrested Herbert Allen Green, age 75 of the 20900 block of Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown, on three charges of animal cruelty.

Fifth District Police Officers and Animal Services Division (ASD) Officers responded to a call on April 24, for suspected animal cruelty. Once on scene, responding officers observed a dog identified as “Benji,” a small, neutered, male poodle-mix, that was bleeding from the head, lethargic, and in need of immediate medical attention.

Benji was transported to receive lifesaving care at a local veterinary hospital. He was examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist who diagnosed recent blindness in both eyes caused by recent trauma, a condition which will be permanent.

On May 7, Green was interviewed by investigators and admitted to striking Benji. Green also stated that he was aware that Benji was injured, but did not provide him with the needed medical care.

Green was charged with cruelly beating an animal, inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal, and failing to provide an animal with necessary veterinary care, while the animal is in a person’s charge or custody.

Green was released on an unsecured personal $2,000 bond.

Media Contact: Director of the ASD Thomas Koenig, 240-773-5928 or Thomas.Koenig@montgomerycountymd.gov 

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Concern for Missing Kensington Juvenile

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

Emily Bliss Boa, age 16, of the 3300 block of Decatur Avenue in Kensington, was last seen at her residence on May 23 at approximately 1:00 p.m.  Boa is described as a white female, 5’7” tall,  approximately 115 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair (possibly dyed a different color). She was last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and carrying a black backpack. She has tattoos on her left wrist.

Police and family are concerned for Emily’s emotional well-being.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Emily Bliss Boa is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.

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Emily Boa