Concern For Missing Gaithersburg Man

Willie Frank Brooks

Willie Frank Brooks

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 81-year-old Gaithersburg male.

Willie Frank Brooks was last seen on Friday, May 27, at approximately 4:00 p.m., as he left his Anna Court residence.

He is described as a black male, 5’ 6” tall, with a thin build.  He has brown eyes, is bald, and has a gray beard.  At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a gray coat, a pink shirt, and black pants.

Mr. Brooks has dementia and police and family are concerned for his welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Willie Brooks is asked to immediately contact the police.


Single Vehicle Fatal Collision in Beallsville Investigated


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle, single-occupant, fatal collision that occurred in Beallsville this afternoon.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Darnestown Road and Beallsville Road for the report of a serious single-vehicle collision that had just occurred.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Darnestown Road near Beallsville Road, when for reasons still under investigation, the car left the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The adult male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The identity of the victim will be released once family notifications have been made.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620


Detectives Charge Flower Delivery Man with Burglary; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Anthony Reeves

Anthony Reeves

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section have charged Anthony Dwight Reeves, age 48, of the 500 block of Odendhal Avenue in Gaithersburg, with burglary, theft, and credit card offenses after he entered a home while making a flower delivery and stole a credit card and other property from the residence.  Detectives believe Reeves may be responsible for committing additional burglaries throughout Montgomery County at homes where he delivered flowers.

On March 27, 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of University Boulevard West in Kensington for the report of a burglary.  The investigation revealed that on March 26 at approximately 1:25 p.m., Reeves delivered flowers to the home and entered the house when he did not receive an answer at the door.  Once inside the home, Reeves stole a credit card along with other property belonging to the homeowner.  Reeves left the residence and went to the Macy’s store in the Westfield Wheaton Mall in Wheaton and the Lord and Taylor store in Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg where he used the victim’s credit card to purchase apparel and other items totaling over $1,000.

Detectives spoke with the flower delivery company and identified Reeves as the delivery person to the victim’s home.  Detectives observed Reeves on surveillance video from a camera near the victim’s home and store cameras where the victim’s credit card was used.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Reeves charging him with first-degree burglary, theft less than $1,000, and multiple credit card offenses.

On May 23, Reeves was arrested on the strength of the arrest warrant at an address on Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring.  That same day, detectives executed a search warrant at Reeves’ Odendhal Avenue residence and recovered property believed to be stolen from additional residential burglaries.

Reeves was released after posting a $5,000 bond.


Concern for Missing Derwood Area Man

Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson)

Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson)

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 41-year-old male.

Tibebe Shenkute, also known as Michael Johnson, age 41, of the 6100 block of Granby Road in the Derwood area of Rockville, was last seen leaving his home this afternoon at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Michael Johnson is described as a black male, 5’07” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with short black hair, and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a dark sweater with a green T-shirt underneath.  Johnson is known to frequent the 18400 block of Azalea Drive in the Derwood area of Rockville and the Takoma Park area.

Police and family members are concerned for Johnson’s emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Tibebe Shenkute (also known as Michael Johnson) is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.


Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Police Officers

Jonathan Hemming

Jonathan Hemming

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Firearms Investigative Unit have arrested and charged Jonathan Hemming, age 52, of the 100 block of Spring Street in Gaithersburg, with attempted murder, firearm-related offenses, and drug offenses, after he attempted to shoot officers with a homemade handgun.

On May 18, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Repeat Offender Unit began surveillance on Hemming as he was wanted on drug-related charges.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives observed Hemming enter a vehicle at an address in Gaithersburg.  Detectives approached the vehicle and told Hemming he was under arrest.  Hemming resisted the arrest, became combative with the officers, and reached in the center compartment area of the vehicle and grabbed a homemade handgun.  A Taser was deployed on Hemming after he pointed the gun at detectives.

Hemming was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Detectives determined that the homemade handgun that Hemming attempted to use was capable of firing shotgun rounds.  In his pants pockets, Hemming was found to have a second homemade handgun in his pants pocket as well as shotgun shells and ammunition for a handgun.

Hemming was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, assault charges, firearms-related charges, and drug-related charges. Hemming is currently being held without bond.