(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Silver Spring Man

Update: November 6, 2020 – John Thomas Cade has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Investigative Section are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Silver Spring man.

John Thomas Cade, age 70, was last seen at approximately 5:49 a.m. today (Friday, November 6) when he left the Fox Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center located at 2015 East-West Highway in Silver Spring.

Cade is described as 6’1” tall and weighs approximately 138 pounds.  He is balding with gray hair and has a beard.  He was last seen wearing a brown long-sleeve t-shirt and gray sweatpants.  He walks with the assistance of a walker.

The police are concerned for John Cade’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding John Cade’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).  Callers may remain anonymous.

John Cade

13 Fatal Collisions Involving Pedestrians this Year; Montgomery County Police Concerned

There have been 32 fatal collisions with 34 victims so far this year in Montgomery Countywhich exceeds the 2019 numbers of 32 fatal collisions with 33 victims (total for the year).  13 of the fatal collisions this year involved pedestrians.  There have been two fatal collisions involving pedestrians in the past four days.   

  • Friday, October 30, at approximately 2:35 p.m., there was a collision on Germantown Road at Middlebrook Road.  Preliminary investigation by the detectives revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross Germantown Road when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Germantown Road.  
  • Monday, November 2, at approximately 5:55 a.m., there was a collision on Shady Grove Road at Briardale Road.  A preliminary investigation by the detectives revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross Shady Grove Road when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Shady Grove Road.  

The investigators from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate both collisions and will examine the visibility factor at the time of the collisions.  The preliminary investigations revealed that both collisions involved a pedestrian attempting to cross a roadway in an area near a crosswalk.  Investigation indicated that the drivers involved in both collisions were driving on a green traffic signal.     

The end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and this time of the year present many challenges to all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  Decreased daylight hours can contribute to more time traveling in the dark with reduced visibility.  Changes in sleep patterns may increase the chance of drowsy driving.  Also, inclement weather can contribute to a more hazardous driving condition.   

It is critically important for drivers to be aware of pedestrians.  Drivers should stay off their phones and drive at speeds that enable them to adequately see all aspects of the roadway.  Drivers should look for any pedestrians waiting to cross the road and drive defensively, expecting the unexpected.   

Pedestrians must utilize crosswalks and cross lights when available.  Also, pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers to ensure they are seen and that vehicles stop before pedestrians cross the street.  Whenever possible, pedestrians should use high visibility gears to enhance being seen by motorists.   

Everyone – motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists – are responsible for keeping our roadways safe and ensuring a Vision Zero community.   

Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision Involving Pedestrian in Rockville

***Update: November 6, 2020: Jose Amaya Flores’ family has been located. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning in Rockville.  

On Monday, November 2, at approximately 5:55 a.m., 6th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Shady Grove Road at Briardale Road for the report of a personal injury collision.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian, Jose Amaya Flores, age 59, of an unknown address, was crossing northbound Shady Grove Road in a westerly direction when he was struck by a 2017 Honda Ridgeline traveling north on Shady Grove Road.  A 2014 Toyota Prius, also traveling northbound on Shady Grove Road, then struck the rear of the Honda Ridgeline.  The Honda Ridgeline was driven by Matthew Taylor, age 54, of Gaithersburg, and the Toyota Prius was driven by Sandra Valladares, age 46, oLaytonsville. 

Amaya Flores was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Valladares was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  Taylor was not injured in the collision.  

***Detectives have been unable to locate any of Amaya Flores’ family members and are asking anyone with information on possible family members of Amaya Flores to please call detectives at: 240-773-6620.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this fatal collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. 

Three Suspects Arrested for Possession of Handgun while Officers Investigate a Shooting in Downtown Silver Spring Area 

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District arrested Emanuel Leyton Picon (age 19) of Bladensburg, MD, Jason Baiza (age 18) of Washington, DC, and Azriel Echavarria (age 18) of Washington, DC with possession of handgun in the downtown Silver Spring area.     

On Thursday, October 29, at approximately 8:44 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Veterans Plaza area for the report of a shooting.  The Emergency Communication Center (ECC) received multiple calls about the shooting and received description of three suspects fleeing the area.   

Officers from the 3rd District Special Assignment Team responded to the area and observed a group of three subjects matching the physical and clothing description provided by ECC fleeing into the Ellsworth Parking Garage.  Other 3rd District officers also responded to the area to assist.  When a uniformed officer tried to stop the three subjects, they fled from the officer on foot.  After a short foot pursuit, all three subjects were apprehended in the area of Spring Street and Cameron Street.  Echavarria was in possession of a handgun.  A second handgun was located along the path Leyton Picon and Baiza ran and next to Leyton Picon.  Suspected controlled dangerous substances were located on Echavarria and Leyton Picon as well.   

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section and the Firearms Investigative Section responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.  The investigation determined that all three subjects were prohibited from possessing a handgun due to prior criminal convictions.   

EchavarriaLeyton Picon, and Baiza were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with possession of a firearm and other related violations.  Leyton Picon and Baiza were released from custody on bond.  Echavarria remains in custody 


Jason Baiza

Azriel Echavarria

Emanuel Leyton Picon

MEDIA ADVISORY: Virtual Panel Discussion on Promoting Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement in the Autism Community.


The Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD Unit and Pathfinders for Autism Panel Discussion: Promoting Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement in the Autism Community


October 26th 6:30- 8:30 PM


Virtual via Zoom (registration information below)


Rob Long, Pathfinders for Autism Board member (Moderator)

Officer Laurie Reyes, Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Outreach Unit

Officer Alex Barbour, Baltimore County Police School Resource Officer

Private First Class Herman Hodges, Montgomery County Park Police, Autism Advocate

Deputy First Class Janelle Myers, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Autism Mom

Tom Whalen, Self-Advocate, Member of Pathfinders for Autism Self-Advocates Advisory Committee


The Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Outreach Unit, in partnership with Pathfinders for Autism, will be presenting a panel discussion on ways to promote positive interactions with law enforcement in the Autism community.

The Montgomery County Autism/IDD Unit, since its inception in 2005, has been providing a layered approach to general safety and awareness through education, outreach, empowerment, and response.

This webinar is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

For more information about the discussion as well as the link to register, please visit: https://pathfindersforautism.org/interacting-with-police-webinar/

For more information about the MCPD Autism/IDD Outreach unit please visit our website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AIDD