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).


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.



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.  It should be noted that Green is not Benji’s owner.  Green had been asked by Benji’s owner to provide care for Benji at the time of the offenses.  Benji is currently in the care of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and is not available for adoption at this time.

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 

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Concern for Missing Kensington Juvenile

Update: June 7, 2018 – Emily Bliss Boa 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 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.


Emily Boa


MCPD Detective Recognized by Department of Justice for Exemplary Efforts in Missing Girl Case

MCPD Detective John Witherspoon (holding award) with DOJ Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.

On Wednesday, May 23, as part of their recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, the Department of Justice presented Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations (SVID) Detective John Witherspoon with a Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award. The award recognizes law enforcement efforts for significant investigative or program contributions to child safety.

Detective Witherspoon was honored for his exemplary efforts in investigating the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl from Gaithersburg who was later found murdered in Fairfax County, Virginia. Once the homicide was confirmed in Fairfax, he continued to work with Fairfax County Police in tracking down ten gang members who played a role in her death. He also provided personal support to the victim’s family; helping to arrange a community memorial service and to ensure their safety during the investigation.

“Detective Witherspoon demonstrated unusual tenacity in tracking down the vicious murderers of a teenage girl, and also showed extraordinary compassion in supporting her family through the investigation,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “The Department commends Detective Witherspoon for his remarkable combination of personal and professional commitment in this case.”

Witherspoon, who has been with the department for nearly 20 years, investigated and assisted in the recovery of 166 missing children last year. Prior to his current assignment as a SVID detective, he served for ten years as a School Resource Officer at Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Paint Branch, Springbrook and Watkins Mill High Schools.

For more details on this award and the other honorees, see the Department of Justice press release.

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