Concern for Missing Aspen Hill Area Juvenile

Alyssa Faith Oxendine

Update: December 5, 2018 – Alyssa Faith Oxendine 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 Aspen Hill area juvenile.

Alyssa Faith Oxendine, age 14, of the 14000 block of Grand Pre Road, has been reported as missing by her family.  Oxendine is described as a white female, 5’03” tall and weighing 160 pounds. She has blue eyes and dyed blonde hair.

Police and family are concerned for Oxendine’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Alyssa Faith Oxendine is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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MCP Holds Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Yesterday (September 26), the Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the following awards: Lifesaving, Commendation, Problem-Oriented Policing, and the Chief’s Award.  The award recipients are as follows:

Lifesaving Award – Awarded to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer II Domingos Araujo

Police Officer I Michelle Morgado

Police Officer II Mark Hugi

Police Officer II Laura Myers

A Commendation – Awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Police Officer II Sean Brennan

Detective Melissa Dzenkowski

Police Officer I Ronald Felix Fortuna

Police Officer III Michael Giacalone

Public Safety Communications Specialist III Kelly Grasty

Detective Lanjon Guzman

Police Officer III Cody Hobbs

Detective Ian Iacoviello

Public Safety Communications Specialist III Cameron Ivory

Police Officer III Andrew Jacobs

Detective Nicholas Jerman

Detective Robert Johnson

Detective John King

Police Officer III Jesse Knuth

Police Officer III Jared Maurer

Police Officer III Beverly Lafleur

Police Officer III Jason McClain

Police Officer III Bret Mercer

Sergeant Neil Mohardt

Detective Sergeant David Papalia

Detective Sean Reilly

Detective Corporal Breness Smith

Police Officer III Steven Smugeresky

Police Officer III Cecil Williams II

Police Officer III Laura Zito

Problem-Oriented Policing Award – The Problem-Oriented Policing Award is designed to recognize a person or group, who has gone above and beyond the person’s normal duties in the spirit of community policing.

Problem-Oriented Policing Recipients:

Police Officer III Michelle Ballor

Police Officer II Casey Beck

Sergeant Ijeoma Enendu

Police Officer I Angella Ferrufino

Police Officer II Bradford Fox

Police Officer II Michael Joseph

Police Officer II Aaron McMullen

Police Officer II Ever Reyes

Chief’s Award – The Chief’s Award will be awarded by the Chief of Police to employees who exemplify the highest standards of service to the community by virtue of their diligence, dedication, and character.

 

Chief’s Award Recipient:

Sergeant Kenneth Sanger

Congratulations to all of the recipients.

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Montgomery County Public Schools Paraeducator Charged with Child Neglect

Alfredo Lopez

Officers from the Montgomery County Police – Special Operations Division (SOD) Managed Search Operations Team have arrested Alfredo Lopez, age 59, of the 7800 block of Mineral Springs Drive in Gaithersburg, and charged him with two counts of neglect of a minor. Lopez had failed to provide supervision and failed to initially report two separate missing persons incidents.  On September 24, two teenage students with Autism and an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) separately walked away from the Rockville public school where Lopez worked in a supervisory position. Both students were eventually reported as missing to the police and both students were located safe and unharmed later that day.

On Monday, September 24 at approximately 12:50 p.m., 1st District officers and Rockville City Police officers responded to the Rock Terrace High School located at 390 Martins Lane in Rockville for the report of a missing 16-year-old male student with Autism/IDD who had walked away from the school. During the investigation, officers determined that Lopez observed the student leave the school on foot at approximately 9:52 that morning and, at that time, made no attempt to notify school staff members that the student had walked away.  At approximately 12:40 p.m., Lopez notified school administrative personnel that the student had walked away, but only after a relative of that student had called the school to state that he/she would be picking the student up that day.  The student was then reported as missing to police.

That same afternoon, at approximately 1:51 p.m., a Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver observed the missing student walking northbound on Ridge Road (Rt. 27) at Sweepstakes Drive in Damascus.  The student was returned to his home.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., 1st District officers and Rockville City Police officers again responded to the Rock Terrace High School for the report of a missing non-verbal 16-year-old male student with Autism/IDD.  During that investigation, officers determined that Lopez was also responsible for supervising this student.  Lopez had lost sight of the student and did not immediately follow established protocol to report the student as missing to administrative staff.  A review of school surveillance video showed the student exit the school through the front door at approximately 2:53 p.m.  MCP K-9 officers and officers from the 1st, 4th, and 6th Districts, immediately began searching for the missing student.

At approximately 6:11 p.m., MCP was notified by family members that the student was located at home in the Glenmont area.  Officers determined that the student had walked approximately six miles in inclement weather from the school to his home.

On Tuesday, September 25, officers obtained an arrest warrant for Lopez charging him with two counts of neglect of minor.

On Wednesday, September 26, Lopez was arrested at his home. After being charged, he was later released on his own recognizance.

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Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Gaithersburg; $30,000 worth of Copper Wire Stolen; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the September 3 commercial burglary of an office building under construction located at 9900 Medical Center Drive in Gaithersburg.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

Investigators have determined that on Monday, September 3 at approximately 6:54 p.m., the suspects forced entry into the building and stole copper wiring valued at $30,000.

Anyone who has information regarding this burglary and/or the suspects is asked to contact the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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One of the four suspects who stole $30,000 worth of copper.

One of the four suspects who stole $30,000 worth of copper.

One of the four suspects who stole $30,000 worth of copper.

Suspect Charged with Attempted Sexual Offense and Series of Nighttime Residential Burglaries in Sandy Spring Area

Thomas M. Hill

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigate Section have arrested and charged Thomas M. Hill, age 21, of the 18700 block of Brooke Road in Sandy Spring, for committing a series of occupied, nighttime residential burglaries in the Ashton-Sandy Spring and Colesville areas.  Hill was also charged with the attempted rape and attempted sexual offense of a 12-year-old female who was in her bed at the time of one of the burglaries.

Hill was charged with the following burglaries:

  • Thursday, September 20 at approximately 2:00 a.m., 4th District officers responded to a home in the 800 block of Llewellyn Manor Drive for a residential burglary that had just occurred.  The investigation determined that the homeowner was awakened by his/her dog barking and discovered that a suspect had forced entry into the home and had stolen property. During the investigation, responding officers observed a fresh stain on the victim’s driveway that was indicative of a vehicle leaking antifreeze.

 

  • Friday, September 21 at approximately 1:11 a.m., 4th District officers responded to a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 17700 block of Tree Lawn Drive. The investigation determined that the homeowner had awoke and went downstairs to get a drink of water.  He discovered that someone had forced entry into the residence and had stolen property.  Responding officers observed a fresh stain on the victim’s driveway that was similar to the stain that was observed during the previous burglary investigation.

 

  • Saturday, September 22 at approximately 3:50 a.m., 4th District officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Norwood Road for an attempted burglary that had just occurred.  The investigation determined that the homeowner had heard a noise outside the residence.  He then observed that entry had been attempted into the home and noticed a vehicle leaving the area.  During the investigation, officers observed a fresh stain on the victim’s driveway that appeared to be antifreeze.

A few minutes after the 9-1-1 call was received regarding the burglary on Norwood Road, 4th District officers responded to a call at a home on Carlisle Drive in the Colesville area for a residential burglary that had just occurred.  The investigation revealed that the homeowner heard his juvenile daughter scream from an adjacent room, and he then heard a door slam and a vehicle leave the area.  The suspect forced entry into the home and attempted to sexually assault a juvenile female in her bedroom.  The suspect also stole property from the home.  During the investigation, officers observed a fresh stain on the victim’s driveway which was similar to the stains observed on the driveways of the homes previously burglarized in the area.   A dark-colored Chevy Tahoe was observed parked on the street near the victim’s home, prior to the burglary.

At approximately 4:34 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, officers patrolling the area of the Norwood Road burglary for a possible suspect, observed a dark-colored Chevy Tahoe traveling northbound on New Hampshire Avenue near Crystal Spring Drive.  Officers initiated a traffic stop on the Tahoe and identified the driver and sole occupant as Hill.  During the traffic stop, officers located property on Hill which was determined to have come from the Carlisle Drive burglary and observed that Hill’s Tahoe was leaking antifreeze.

Hill was arrested and transported to the 4th District station. During a police interview, Hill made statements admitting to his involvement in the Carlisle Drive, Tree Lawn Drive, and Llewellyn Manor Drive burglaries.  Hill also made statements regarding his attempted assault against the juvenile female.

Hill was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, one count of attempted first-degree burglary, one count of attempted first-degree rape, and one count of attempted third-degree sexual offense.  Hill is currently being held without bond.

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