Burtonsville Murder Investigation Continues – Reward Offered

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of Francesco Michael DiGiovanni, a 45-year old Domino’s Pizza delivery employee, of the 1000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville.

During the time of the shooting, DiGiovanni was working as a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver.  Today, Domino’s Pizza, Incorporated, announced that the company is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Francesco DiGiovanni.

Investigation by detectives revealed that on Monday, May 21, at approximately 11:14 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sounds of shots in the area of Aldora Circle in Burtonsville.

Officers from the 3rd District responded to the area and located DiGiovanni in the driver’s seat of a Jeep Patriot on Ballinger Drive at Autumn Glen Circle.  DiGiovanni had an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body.  Officers and Fire and Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures but DiGiovanni succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Additional investigation revealed that DiGiovanni, who had just delivered a pizza in the area, was shot in his Jeep on Van Horn Way near Ballinger Drive. He then drove onto Ballinger Drive where his vehicle came to rest at Autumn Glen Circle.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information with regard to this  homicide investigation to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070 to be eligible for the $7,500 reward offered by Domino’s.  For those choosing to remain anonymous and be eligible for an additional reward of up to $10,000, please call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Concern for Missing Layhill Area Juvenile

UPDATE:  07/18/18 Gissell Zavala has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in locating Gissell Alejandra Zavala, age 17, of the 14000 block of Cleese Court in the Layhill area. Zavala is described as a Hispanic female, 5’ 2” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.  She has tattoos to include a tattoo on her left forearm.

Police and family are concerned for Zavala’s physical and emotional welfare. Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Gissell Alejandra Zavala is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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Gissell Alejandra Zavala

Detectives Charge Two Suspects in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide Section have charged two suspects in a murder-for-hire scheme.  44-year-old Karen Diolamou and her boyfriend, 44-year-old Paul Bond, who is currently in the custody of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation awaiting trial for a home invasion robbery he committed in Gaithersburg in April, have been charged with conspiring to hire a person to kill a witness to the home invasion robbery that Bond committed.

Investigation by Major Crimes detectives revealed that in early May, Diolamou (also known by her maiden name of Haller) contacted a person known to her and Bond and stated that Bond wanted to find someone who would kill the witness to the home invasion robbery.  Diolamou offered this person an undisclosed amount of cash to kill the witness and provided the person with the witness’ name, home address, description of the witness’ car, and in what manner Diolamou wanted the witness killed.  This person then notified the Montgomery County Police Department about the solicitation.

Detectives reviewed documented communication records between Diolamou and the person she contacted to murder the witness and documented communication between Diolamou and Bond.  These communication records demonstrated the two suspects’ plan to hire someone to murder the witness.

On May 21, Diolamou, of Postage Terrace in Silver Spring, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.  During an interview with detectives, Diolamou confessed to her participation in the murder-for-hire scheme.  Diolamou is being held without bond.

Paul Bond, who is currently in jail awaiting trial for charges related to the Gaithersburg home invasion robbery, has also been charged with conspiracy and solicitation to commit first- degree murder.

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Traffic Collision in Rockville Now Fatal

Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday afternoon in Rockville. The driver of one of the involved vehicles succumbed last night to injuries she received during the crash.

On Monday, May 21 at approximately 1:36 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for the report of a traffic collision on Randolph Road at Rocking Horse Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Honda Civic, driven by Sylvia Jones was making a left turn from westbound Randolph Road onto southbound Rocking Horse Road. The Honda was struck by a 2009 Acura TSX, driven by Giovanni Vigil, age 18, of the 4400 block of Gridley Road in Silver Spring, who had been traveling eastbound on Randolph Road.

Ms. Jones, age 81, of the 3400 block of Island Creek Court in Silver Spring, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries from which she later died.

Vigil and a 16-year-old female passenger, also from Silver Spring, were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Detectives Investigate Death in Burtonsville as Homicide

Update: May 22, 2018, at 10:35 am – The victim is identified as Francesco Michael DiGiovanni, age 45, of the 1000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville.  At the time of this incident, DiGiovanni was working as a pizza delivery driver.

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Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult male in Burtonsville as a homicide.

On Monday, May 21, at approximately 11:14 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Aldora Circle in Burtonsville.

Third district officers responded to the area and located an adult male with trauma to his body inside of a vehicle on Ballinger Drive at Autumn Glen Circle.  Officers and Fire & Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures but the victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of the victim’s death.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this investigation to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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