The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division is currently investigating the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba that occurred this morning in Silver Spring.
Today at approximately 8:49 a.m., Officer Thomas J. Bomba of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District was on routine patrol when he radioed to the dispatcher that he had been flagged down by someone regarding disorderly subjects in the public parking garage located on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. There was no additional communication from Officer Bomba. Additional officers responded to the area to assist him with the call.
The first assisting officer located Officer Bomba on the top level of the garage suffering from a gunshot wound and immediately radioed for additional support to include Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the scene and Officer Bomba was subsequently transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Thomas Bomba, age 38, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Services Division in the 3rd District. He is survived by his wife and two children.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives urge anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. 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 may remain anonymous.
Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred last night in the Silver Spring area.
On Sunday, October 13, at approximately 7:40 p.m., a 3rd District officer was flagged down by a resident who reported that a pedestrian had just been struck at the intersection of University Boulevard East and Seek Lane. Responding officers and Fire and Rescue personnel located the pedestrian deceased at the scene. He is identified as Julio Vargas Valerio, age 67, of the 8600 block of Garland Avenue in Takoma Park.
Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that Valerio was crossing University Boulevard East from north to south at Seek Lane when, for reasons still under investigation, he was struck by a 2006 Subaru Outback which was traveling east on University Boulevard East. After being struck by the Outback, Valerio was then struck by a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse which was also traveling east on University Boulevard East.
The driver of the Outback is identified as 74-year-old George Harry Dove of Medwick Drive in Hyattsville. Dove was not injured in the collision.
The driver of the Eclipse is identified as 40-year-old Eulalio R. Lopez Vail of the 1000 block of University Boulevard East in Silver Spring. Lopez Vail and two adult passengers in his vehicle were not injured in the collision.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.
Update: Monday, October 14, 2019 – Mr. Saltsman’s family members have been located. MCP thanks the media and the public for their assistance.
Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision that occurred this afternoon in Barnesville and are asking for the public’s help in locating family members of the driver of one of the vehicles.
On Saturday, October 12 at approximately 2:30 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Barnesville Road at Peachtree Road for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.
Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle was traveling north on Peachtree Road and a 2015 Jeep Cherokee was traveling west on Barnesville Road. For reasons still under investigation, the Beetle and the Cherokee collided in the intersection.
The driver of the Beetle, 68-year-old Gary Douglas Saltsman of Cathedral Avenue in Northwest, Washington, D.C., was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Detectives have been unable to locate Mr. Saltsman’s family and are asking that a family member call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
The 16-year-old male driver of the Cherokee and the adult female passenger in the Cherokee were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Anyone who is a family member of Mr. Saltsman is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
Detectives from the Special Victims Investigation Division (SVID) are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager.
Fatima Esmeralda Hernandez-Rivera was last seen at her residence in the 11900 block of Claridge Road in Wheaton on October 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Hernandez-Rivera is described as a 14-year-old Hispanic female, 5’ 5” tall and 120 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She has a nose piercing.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fatima Esmeralda Hernandez-Rivera is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line) or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400. Callers may remain anonymous.
Detectives from the 6th District continue to investigate the October 6 theft of currency from a Bitcoin Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located inside a gas station in Montgomery Village. Today, the Police Department is releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and is asking for the public’s help in identifying them.
On Sunday, October 6, at approximately 7:10 a.m., 6th District officers responded to the Sunoco located at 20050 Goshen Road for the report of a theft that had just occurred from the Bitcoin ATM.
The investigation by detectives determined that two suspects entered the store with their faces concealed and carrying pry tools. The suspects immediately went to the ATM and began prying the machine open. The clerk fled from the store and called the police. The suspects were successful in obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the machine before fleeing in a gray Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with information about the suspects or this theft 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). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of these suspects. Tipsters may remain anonymous.