Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision in Potomac

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred early this morning in Potomac.

This morning (Saturday, February 29), at approximately 12:54 a.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 11000 block of South Glen Road for the report of a collision.

Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that a 2020 Toyota Corolla was traveling west on South Glen Road when for reasons still under investigation, the Corolla left the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver (and sole occupant) of the vehicle, Brianna Java White, age 25, of the 14900 block of Braemar Crescent Way in Darnestown, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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.

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Update to White Oak Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Collision: Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Locating Pedestrian’s Family

UPDATE: March 4, 2020: Mr. Herrera’s family has been located.  Thank you to the public and media for sharing his information.

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Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Saturday, February 22, in the White Oak area.

The pedestrian, who succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision, is being identified as Hector Ruben Caballero Herrera, age 49, of an unknown address. Detectives have been unable to locate any of Herrera’s family members and are asking anyone with information on possible family members to please call detectives at: 240-773-6620.

Investigators are releasing a photo of Herrera.

Hector Ruben Caballero Herrera

 

 

Detectives Arrest Man for Threats Made Against Kennedy High School in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are announcing the arrest of Jason Salinas, age 20, of Takoma Park, Maryland, for making threats of mass violence against students, staff, and teachers at John F. Kennedy High School located at 1901 Randolph Road in Wheaton.

On February 13 at approximately 2:21 p.m., a male subject called the school twice and made threats to shoot people at the school.  Officers responded to the school and detectives initiated an immediate investigation into the threats.  On February 14, another call came into the school threatening mass violence.  Investigators determined that the calls were being made from the same internet phone number.

Though efforts were made by the caller to disguise his phone number by “spoofing” (spoofing provides a fictitious number) the number via phone applications and the internet, the detectives were able to identify the suspect as Salinas.  Salinas was a former student of the high school.  Investigators also determined that Salinas had a warrant for his arrest for two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of a third-degree sexual offense.

On February 26, detectives arrested Salinas in Prince George’s County on the strength of the warrant for his arrest for second-degree rape.  During a police interview, Salinas made admissions of guilt to making the threatening phone calls to the school.  Salinas was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was additionally charged with two counts of making a threat of mass violence, two counts of disruption of school operations, and two counts of making a false statement to a state official causing an investigation.

The Montgomery County Department of Police in cooperation with the Montgomery County Public Schools fully investigate any threats of violence to schools.  These threats are a serious matter and those responsible for making these threats, regardless of intent, will be criminally charged.

For information regarding the Montgomery County Department of Police stance on school threats, please click here.

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Jason Salinas

Update: Serious Pedestrian-Involved Collision in Gaithersburg Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a now fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Friday, February 21.  The pedestrian, previously identified as Douglas Ariel Perez Martinez, succumbed to his injuries yesterday (Tuesday, February 25) at an area hospital.

On Friday, February 21, at approximately 9:19 p.m., 6th District officers, Gaithersburg Police Department officers, and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to South Frederick Avenue (MD – 355) at North Westland Drive for the report of a collision.

Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that Martinez was attempting to cross South Frederick Avenue in an easterly direction when, for reasons still under investigation, he was struck by a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 that was traveling north on South Frederick Avenue.

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.

Concern for Missing Silver Spring Woman (LOCATED)

Update (2/26/20, 5:55 pm): Vanessa Pannell has been located safe and unharmed. 

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Silver Spring woman.

Vanessa Anise Pannell, age 39, was last seen by a family member this evening at approximately 7:00 at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 8472 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.

Pannell is approximately 5’04” tall and 160 pounds.  She has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black leggings, and had a floral backpack.

Police and family are concerned for Pannell’s emotional welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Vanessa Pannell is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

Vanessa Anise Pannell