Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Wheaton Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this morning in Wheaton.

On Friday, August 24, at approximately 4:05 a.m., 4th District officers along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Georgia Avenue at Reedie Drive for a collision involving a pedestrian.  First responders located an adult male at that intersection with apparent collision-related trauma to his body.  He had succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the pedestrian was in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue, north of Reedie Drive, when he was struck by a blue, 2005 Ford Mustang.  The driver of the Mustang remained on the scene.

The pedestrian is identified as Mauricio Leonidas Correa *, 41 years old, of the 12500 block of Feldon Street in Silver Spring.  The driver of the vehicle is identified as Eric Thomas Correia, 21 years old, of the 13700 block of Lockdale Drive in Silver Spring.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Note: This last name was corrected to Correa on August 25, 2018.

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Detectives Investigate Accidental Death in Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating an accidental death that occurred this morning in Potomac.

This morning (Thursday, August 23), at approximately 8:43 a.m., 2nd District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to The Heights School located at 10400 Seven Locks Road for the report of a construction accident.  Investigation revealed that members of a construction crew had been working outside of the school and were moving a portable building.  While moving the building, the building struck a construction worker.  The construction worker succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The victim is identified as John Thomas Moran Jr., age 27, of Charity Court in North East, Maryland.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department was notified and is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Man

Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr.

Update: August 23, 2018 – Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr. has been located safe and unharmed. _____________________________

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Gaithersburg man.

Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr., age 31, who resides in a group home on West Side Drive, was last seen by caretakers on Monday, August 20 at approximately 8:00 a.m., when he left the group home on foot.

Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr. is described as an African American male, 5’ 11” tall, and weighing 300 pounds. He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a short beard.

Police and caretakers are concerned for Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr.’s emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Marcus Shawn McCowan Jr. is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).

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Update: Public’s Tips Lead to Arrest of Germantown Commercial Robbery Suspect

Ashley Nachelle Watts

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Ashley Nachelle Watts, age 23, of the 20500 block of Golf Course Drive in Germantown, with the August 11 robbery that occurred at the Shoppers grocery store in Germantown.   

On Saturday, August 11, at approximately 9:05 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the Shoppers grocery store located at 18066 Mateny Road for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that Watts entered the grocery store, approached the 47-year-old female employee who was behind a counter, and demanded baby formula which was kept in a locked case.  Watts assaulted the employee and then fled from the grocery store without obtaining any property.    Fire and Rescue personnel responded and transported the employee to a local hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries.

On August 20, detectives released surveillance video of two suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Investigators received multiple tips which led to the identification of Watts as one of the suspects.  Investigators also identified and interviewed the additional female suspect.  During the investigation of the second suspect’s involvement, it was determined that she did not participate in this robbery.

On August 21, Watts was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging her with one count of robbery, one count of second-degree assault, and one count of destruction of property.  Watts was released after posting a $3,500 bond.

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Concern for Missing Teenager

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

Jackson Nzarubara, age 17, is visiting the Washington, D.C. area with a student group and was last seen by chaperones yesterday evening (Tuesday, August 21) at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase on foot.

Nzarubara is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes, and a goatee.  Nzarubara was last seen wearing a black head band, a hoodie with a Mickey Mouse graphic on the front, gray Adidas pants, white tennis shoes, and a black jacket with gray lines on the sleeves and gray lettering on the front.   Nzarubara may also be carrying a black suitcase and a red backpack.

Jackson Nzarubara is from Rwanda and is unfamiliar with the area.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Jackson Nzarubara is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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