Police Responded to Collision on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring; Incident Now Being Investigated as Auto Theft

Detectives from the Central Auto Theft Section are investigating an auto theft that occurred earlier today in Silver Spring.

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, at approximately 7:18 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of the 300 block of Wayne Avenue for the report of a vehicle collision. When officers arrived, they found a 1999 Subaru Impreza SW and a 2016 Honda Pilot involved in a collision. Officers located a juvenile male suffering from traumatic injuries in the Subaru, who was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The Subaru was subsequently reported stolen.

Four additional victims from the other vehicle were also transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The initial assessment by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service indicated that the male’s injuries could have been the result of a shooting. After a medical examination at a local hospital, it was determined that all injuries were as a result of the traffic collision.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives urge anyone with information to call the Central Auto Theft Section at 240-773-6370. Those who wish to remain anonymous 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 for this crime.

 

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Detectives Investigating Burglary of Store in Silver Spring; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Suspects who committed a burglary at the Noon Store in Silver Spring.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a burglary of a business in Silver Spring. The Department is releasing video surveillance and photographs of the two suspects and are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact investigators.

 

On October 18 at approximately 1:49 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call that the glass front door to the Noon Store located at 7902 Georgia Avenue had been shattered.  Officers responded and discovered that the business had been burglarized.

 

The investigation determined that at approximately 12:42 a.m. on October 18, two suspects broke the front glass door and entered the establishment. Approximately three minutes later, the suspects exited the business with stolen items and fled on foot.

 

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the suspects to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084. 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 and/or indictment for this crime.

 

Virginia Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales, age 48, of Sweet Dale Court in Springfield, Virginia, with committing sexual abuse of a minor. The victim in this case is a female juvenile family member.  Hernandez-Morales has stated to detectives that he is involved with the youth ministry program at the Iglesia de Dios en Cristo Jesus (Church of God in Jesus Christ) located on W Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Investigators are concerned that there may be additional sexual abuse victims.

In August 2019, SVID detectives began an investigation regarding alleged sexual abuse of a minor by Hernandez-Morales.  SVID detectives determined that on two occasions in July 2019, when Hernandez-Morales was visiting family in the area and staying at the victim’s home in Montgomery County, he inappropriately touched the victim.  On several occasions, Hernandez-Morales attempted to engage the victim in sexual conversation.  Hernandez-Morales told the victim not to tell the other family members about these incidents.

A warrant was issued for Hernandez-Morales’ arrest and yesterday, October 29, he was arrested in Fairfax, Virginia.  He is currently being held in Virginia pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Investigators are asking that anyone who believes that he/she was victimized by Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales or anyone who believes that his/her child was victimized by him to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

Luis Fredy Hernandez Morales – Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

Update: Suspect Charged in Two Rockville Bank Robberies

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division arrested and charged Asa Wilson Brown, age 34, of the 2300 block McAuliffe Drive in Rockville, for the two bank robberies that occurred this month in Rockville.

On October 9, the suspect entered the Old Line Bank located at 1801 Rockville Pike and passed a note announcing the robbery. The suspect implied that he was armed with a weapon and demanded cash. After obtaining undisclosed amount of currency, the suspect fled the area riding a bicycle.

On October 15, the suspect entered the Congressional Bank located at 1700 Rockville Pike passed a note announcing the robbery. The suspect again implied he was armed with a weapon as he demanded cash.

During the investigation, the detectives identified Asa Wilson Brown as the suspect and determined that he committed both robberies. On October 26th, Brown was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant with two counts of Armed Robbery and two counts of Theft. He is currently being held without bond.

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Asa Wilson Brown

Update: Suspect Arrested for Burglarizing Church; Suspect Damaged Over $10,000 Worth of Property

Detectives from the 2nd District have arrested Jose A. Obando-Segura, age 30, of Magellan Avenue in Rockville, for the October 2 burglary of the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church located at 7001 Connecticut Avenue.  Obando-Segura has been charged with second-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, and theft.

During the investigation, detectives released surveillance video of the suspect to the public and local law enforcement agencies.  Rockville City police officers provided MCP investigators with the suspect’s identity.

On October 28, investigators served Obando-Segura, who was being held at the Central Processing Unit on an unrelated charge, with a criminal warrant for committing the burglary.

Church employees reported the damage to the church caused by Obando-Segura to be approximately $10,400.

Thank you to the Rockville City Police Department for its assistance with this case.