Sobriety Checkpoint to be Conducted Tonight; Always Choose a Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Department of Police is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, July 26, officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police and Troopers from the Maryland State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of Montgomery County law enforcement’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, July 26(beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m. and weather permitting)

**The media is encouraged to attend. Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**

Update: Serious Pedestrian-Involved Collision in North Bethesda Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate the now fatal, pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Saturday, July 20, on Tuckerman Lane at Kings Riding Way.

The pedestrian, identified as Jennifer Christine Dimauro, age 31, of Luxemburg Street in North Bethesda, has succumbed to her injuries sustained in the collision.

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

Detectives Investigate Two Commercial Burglaries Believed to be Committed by Same Suspect; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd and 3rd District Investigative Sections continue to investigate two commercial burglaries that detectives believe were committed by the same suspect(s).  Because it is also believed that this same suspect(s) committed a commercial burglary in Bowie, Maryland, the Montgomery County Department of Police is coordinating this investigation with The City of Bowie Police Department.

Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video and photographs of a suspect and the getaway vehicle and are asking anyone with information about these burglaries and/or the suspect(s) involved to come forward to police.

Summaries of the two Montgomery County burglaries follow:

  • On July 4, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a light-colored SUV backed up to the front door of the Exxon gas station located at 6100 Macarthur Boulevard in Bethesda.  A suspect exited the vehicle’s driver’s door.  Using an unknown object, the suspect smashed the glass door of the Exxon to gain entry.  The suspect looked around the store and left without removing any items.  The suspect is described as a black male wearing all black clothing, a covering over his face, and gloves.


  • On July 7, at approximately 4:24 a.m., a light-colored SUV backed up to the front door of the Spicy America international grocery store located at 11409 Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring.  A suspect exited the front passenger side of the vehicle and using an unknown object, smashed the glass door.  The suspect removed a cash register from the business.  The suspect and vehicle appears to be the same as seen in the July 4 burglary. Surveillance video reveals that a second suspect was driving the getaway vehicle.

As stated previously, The City of Bowie Police Department is investigating a commercial burglary that is believed to have been committed by this same suspect(s).  Information about that investigation can be found in the flyer at the end of this release.

Anyone with information regarding these burglaries or suspects involved is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

Surveillance Video from Spicy America Burglary (Silver Spring)

Suspect Vehicle

Surveillance Photo from Exxon Burglary (Bethesda)

Surveillance Photograph

Surveillance Photograph from Exxon Burglary (Bethesda)

Bowie Police Department flyer

Detectives Investigate Serious Pedestrian-Involved Collision in North Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning in North Bethesda.

This morning (Saturday, July 20), at approximately 10:09, 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Kings Riding Way for the report of a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2015 Chevrolet Spark was traveling eastbound on Tuckerman Lane approaching Kings Riding Way.  The 31-year-old female pedestrian was attempting to cross Tuckerman Lane at Kings Riding Way.  For reasons still under investigation, the Spark and the pedestrian collided on Tuckerman Lane near Kings Riding Way.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Spark, identified as Chase Lawrence Dobler, age 27, of Corporate Boulevard in Rockville, was not injured in this collision.

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


Concern for Missing Aspen Hill Area Woman with Dementia (LOCATED)

Katherine Getrouw (note: Ms. Getrouw currently has black hair)

Update: July 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. – Katherine Getrouw has been located safe and unharmed. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 79-year-old Aspen Hill area woman who has dementia.

Katherine Getrouw, of Weeping Willow Drive, was last seen at approximately 10:00 yesterday evening (Friday, July 19) when she was dropped off by a family member at the Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro Station located at 630 H Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C.  Family reported that Ms. Getrouw has dementia.

Ms. Getrouw is described as an African American female who is 5’ 5” tall and weighs 130 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.  Ms. Getrouw was last seen wearing a brown shirt, black pants, and carrying a white bag.

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