Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Man

Jose Antonio Gonzalez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Gaithersburg man.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez (who may also go by the nickname of “Piti”), age 32, of Horizon Run Road, was recently reported as missing by his family.  Family reported that they last had contact with Gonzalez on August 9.

Gonzalez is 5’ 05” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.  He has brown eyes and black hair.

Police and family are concerned for Gonzalez’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jose Antonio Gonzalez is asked to call the Missing Persons Unit at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing White Oak Woman

Shannon Michelle Francis

Update: August 30, 2020 – Shannon Michelle Francis has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing White Oak woman.

Shannon Michelle Francis, age 41, was last seen by family at 10:00 a.m. this morning (Saturday, August 29), when she left her Featherwood Street home driving her gray 2016 Nissan Sentra with Maryland tag: 4DF1191.

Francis is 5’ 7” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  She has brown eyes and red hair in dreadlocks.

Police and family are concerned for Francis’ welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shannon Michelle Francis or her vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000(available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

Suspect Arrested for Shooting of Two Victims in White Oak Area; Charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District have arrested Justice Elliott, age 16, of Lyric Lane in Silver Spring, for the shooting of two victims in White Oak yesterday.  Elliott is being charged as an adult with offenses to include attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and firearm-related offenses.  This shooting is not random as one of the victims and the suspect are known to one another.

On Thursday, August 27, at approximately 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the 11500 block of Stewart Lane for the report of a shooting.  Officers located the two victims, an 82-year-old male and a 20-year-old male, inside of a vehicle; both victims were suffering from gunshot wounds.  Officers rendered aid to the victims to include applying tourniquets.  The victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Several of the vehicle’s windows had been shattered by bullets and several bullet holes were found on the vehicle.

Investigation by detectives has determined that the 20-year-old victim was walking on Stewart Lane with friends when he was approached by Elliott (who the victim was acquainted with) and another unknown male.  Elliott appeared to be holding a handgun and demanded money from the victim.  Elliott then went in the victim’s pockets and removed cash.  The victim fled to a vehicle in the area being driven by his 82-year-old family member and entered the passenger seat.  Elliott began to shoot at the vehicle, striking both victims, and then fled.  Officers at the scene located spent shell casings and an officer located a loaded handgun with an extended magazine in bushes near a path that Elliott used to flee the area.

Through investigation, Elliott was identified as the suspect and was arrested by officers at approximately 4:45 p.m. that day (August 27).  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.

(Note: A mugshot of Elliott will not be released because he is a juvenile).

Recovered gun

25th Annual (Virtual) Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards

25th Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards

Today, August 28, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce virtually recognized 5th District (Germantown) and 6th District (Gaithersburg) officers for their acts of bravery and heroism at the 25th Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards.  The virtual award video is included below.

Congratulations to the following Montgomery County police officers who were honored today:

 

Medal of Valor (video time code 26:50):

6th District Officer Christopher Mumper

6th District Officer Vince Romano

 

Citation for Bravery (video time code 35:37):

5th District Officer Janelle Berry

5th District Officer Michael Riley

5th District Officer Dale Steffen

 

Distinguished Service Citation:

5th District Detective Joshua Locke (video time code 32:23)

5th District Officer Michael F. Murphy (video time code 29:32)

 

Meritorious Service Citation (video time code 23:44):

6th District Officer Michelle Barger

For more information about the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and the 25th Annual Public Safety Awards, please visit: https://www.ggchamber.org/

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Silver Spring Teenager

Update: August 31, 2020 – Emily Darling Landaheta Ruiz has been located safe and unharmed. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police-Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager.

Emily Darling Landaheta Ruiz, age 14, of the 12000 block of Veirs Mill Road, has been reported as a missing person by her family.  She was last seen at her residence on August 14.

Emily is approximately 5’8″ tall, 105 pounds, with brown eyes and currently has red hair with pink highlights.

Police and family are concerned for Ruiz’ welfare due to her age.  At this time, there is no indication of foul play involved in this missing person case.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Emily Darling Landaheta Ruiz is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.

Emily Ruiz