(LOCATED) Silver Alert Issued for Missing Cloverly Area Woman with Dementia

Frances Petrillo

Update: September 25, 2020, at 8:30 p.m.- Ms. Petrillo has been located safe and unharmed. 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Cloverly area woman who has dementia.  A Silver Alert has been activated for 81-year-old Frances Petrillo.

Ms. Petrillo was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, September 25) while driving her 2001 red Honda Accord with Maryland tags: MTA 655 in the area of Norbeck Road and Georgia Avenue.

Ms. Petrillo is approximately 5’ 04” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Frances Petrillo’s whereabouts or anyone who sees her vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

Suspects Arrested for Possession of Drugs, Stolen License Plates, and Burglary Tools Following Pursuit in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Mateo Reyes-Vanega, age 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, age 27, both of Baltimore, with crimes to include theft of license plates, possession of burglary tools, and possession of crack cocaine.  Detectives continue to investigate the possibility that Vasquez-Chavarria and Reyes-Vanega have been involved in additional crimes in the area.

On September 23 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of Route 29 (Colesville Road) and Georgia Avenue.  The officer observed an Acura make erratic maneuvers on southbound Route 29, to include turning left onto Georgia Avenue from the incorrect lane and failing to stop for the red light at Ellsworth Drive. The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura at Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.  The officer checked the registration of the Acura and determined that the license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from Baltimore City.

Officers pursued the Acura as it continued north on Georgia Avenue.  The vehicle struck a curb at the entrance to Interstate 495 (I-495) and became disabled.  The driver, identified as Reyes-Vanega, was arrested.  The passenger, identified as Vasquez-Chavarria, fled from the vehicle but was arrested by officers following a foot pursuit.

A search of the Acura uncovered evidence to include crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, two stolen license plates (both stolen from the Baltimore area), tools commonly used to commit theft and burglary, and a vehicle part which is commonly stolen from operable vehicles.

Officers determined that Reyes-Vanega had a warrant for his arrest from a neighboring jurisdiction for felony theft and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria had a warrant for his arrest from a surrounding jurisdiction for first-degree assault and felony theft.

Both suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Reyes-Vanega is being held without bond.  Reyes-Vanega was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond (no payment due at time of release).

Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria

Mateo Reyes-Vanega

Suspect Arrested for Possession of a Handgun and Drugs Following Vehicle Pursuit

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-2nd District have arrested and charged Talal Bangna, age 20, of Laurel, with crimes to include possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor (under 21), possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it, and traffic-related offenses.

On September 22 at approximately 11:40 p.m., a 2nd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of southbound Interstate 270 (I-270) and Montrose Road when he observed a black Honda travelling in front of him drifting between lanes.  The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Honda.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.

Officers pursued the Honda as it continued south on I-270 and then on to Interstate 495 (I-495).  The pursuing officers observed the driver throwing objects out of the driver’s window which were later determined to be fraudulent narcotic prescriptions.

In the area of I-495 and New Hampshire Avenue, the Honda struck another vehicle and then a median.  The Honda became disabled and the driver (and sole occupant of the vehicle), identified as Bangna, was arrested.  The driver of the struck vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

Officers searched Bangna’s vehicle and located evidence to include a loaded handgun with an extended magazine on the driver’s floorboard, a loaded magazine in the driver’s side door, drug-related paraphernalia, and marijuana.  When searching Bangna, officers located a large amount of cash on his person.

Bangna was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released after posting a $3,500 bond.

Talal Bangna (only side view available at this time)


Concern for Missing North Bethesda Area Man

Erick Jose Barrera-Espana

Detectives with the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing North Bethesda area man.

Erick Jose Barrera-Espana, age 20, was last seen by family at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, when he left his Crookston Lane home on foot.  Family has been unable to contact him since that time.

Barrera-Espana is 5’1” tall and weighs 170 pounds.  He has brown eyes and black hair.  Barrera-Espana was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the words “System of a Down” written on the front, black pants, and black shoes.

Police and family are concerned for Barrera-Espana’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding Erick Jose Barrera-Espana’s whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 phone line).  Callers may remain anonymous.

Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking in Downtown Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a September 19 armed carjacking that occurred in downtown Silver Spring.

At approximately 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, the adult male victim was running an errand in the 8700 block of Colesville Road and left his vehicle unlocked, unattended, and running.   As the victim was returning to his car, he observed a black male suspect wearing a red jacket enter the driver’s area of his vehicle.  The victim also observed a black male suspect wearing a black hooded sweatshirt standing near the passenger side of his vehicle.   The victim stated that he confronted the suspect in the driver’s seat and that this suspect displayed a gun and threatened him.   The suspects stole the victim’s vehicle and fled the area.

On Sunday, September 20, detectives located the victim’s unoccupied vehicle on Anacostia Avenue in Northeast, Washington, D.C.

Anyone with information about this armed carjacking is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.   Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants you to lower your risk of becoming a victim of auto theft and theft from vehicle by urging you to follow these safety tips:

Keep your vehicle keys with you at all times, and never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle. Note: Valet keys can be used to start the vehicle.

Close and lock all vehicle windows and doors when leaving vehicle unattended.

Remove valuables from the vehicle.

Don’t leave a vehicle running if unattended.

If your vehicle has a “push button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.

Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

Park in a secure garage if possible.

Use a car alarm and/or anti-theft device.

Use a vehicle locator device.