Update: Bel Pre Area Death Investigated as Homicide; Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, for the first-degree murder of his wife, Alice Mino Dennis, age 34, of the same address.  Today, investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Dempster II.

On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 11:04 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call to check Dempster II and Dennis’ welfare.  The complainant, a family member of Demspter II and Dennis, had been unable to contact them for several days.

Officers responded to the couple’s Bel Pre Road apartment and located Dennis deceased on the kitchen floor.  She had suffered trauma to her upper body.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore ruled her death a homicide.

Dempster II, the victim’s husband, could not be located.  Detectives noted that many of his personal items were gone from the apartment.

Through investigation, Major Crimes detectives have determined that Dempster II murdered his wife after a domestic dispute.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Investigators are seeking information from the public regarding the whereabouts of Dempster II.  Detectives have received information that Dempster II was seen in Baltimore on the afternoon of April 17.

Anyone with information about Dempster’s whereabouts is urged to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line) or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.


Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, is described as an African male, approximately 6’00” tall and 180 pounds.  Dempster has a prominent gold front tooth.










Detectives Charge Man with Visual Surveillance at a Rockville Cheerleading Studio

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested Cristian Gill, age 21, of Blandford Street in Rockville, for conducting visual surveillance of juveniles and adults in a business’ bathroom with prurient intent and without their consent.

On February 12, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the Shockwave Allstars cheerleading program located at 20 Southlawn Court in Rockville for a suspicious situation.  The complainant, the owner of the business, explained that on February 9, an employee called him and let him know that someone had left a USB or similar device near a sink in a unisex bathroom in the studio.  The owner, who was out of town, instructed the employee to leave it by the computer and that he would attempt to locate the device’s owner when he returned to the business.

The owner stated that earlier in the day on February 12, Cristian Gill, a gymnastics and cheerleading instructor at the studio, requested a meeting with him and they met in the parking lot of the business.  When they met, Gill handed the owner the device which had been found by the other employee in the bathroom (and which the employee had left by the computer).  Gill told him that the device was a camera he had placed in the bathroom and that he never recorded anything.  Gill showed him where in the bathroom he placed the camera.  Gill was asked to leave the property and he (the owner) notified the Police Department.

Officers took custody of the device, a camera designed to avoid detection.  A SD card can be inserted into the camera to store and transfer data and the camera also has internal storage capabilities.

A review of the business’ surveillance video by detectives indicated that Gill left the studio on February 9 presumably with his camera that had been found by another employee and did not return to the studio until February 12 when he met with the owner.

During a search of Gill’s home, (at the time he was residing in Silver Spring), investigators seized several electronic devices.  Forensic analysis of the devices by Electronic Crimes Unit officers was completed and approximately 49 photographs that had been taken in the Shockwave Allstars bathroom were located on an electronic tablet.  The photos were of both female and male adults and juveniles.  There were also photographs of Gill putting the camera into place in the bathroom.  Forensic analysis also revealed that there had been additional images and video files from the bathroom on the tablet but that at some point, all of the original photos were deleted from the device.

During this investigation, several of the victims from the images have been identified.  These identified victims are juvenile females and female and male adults.  Some of the photographs are not of a complete person and therefore identification in these cases is difficult if not impossible.  Investigators believe that the victims who are able to be identified have been identified and have been notified.

On April 24, detectives obtained a warrant for Gil’s arrest, charging him with multiple counts of conducting visual surveillance of another person in a private place without consent.  Gil was arrested yesterday (April 25) and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was held without bond and will have bond review today.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Special Victims Investigations Division detectives at 240-773-5400. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).



Cristian Gill

Concern for Missing Silver Spring Man

Joseph Abdul N’Bawa

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

Joseph Abdul N’Bawa, age 19, of Stewart Lane, has been reported as missing by his family.

N’Bawa is described as an African American male, 5’ 8” tall and weighing 140 pounds.  He is bald and has brown eyes.  Detectives believe that he may be in the White Oak area.  He has not been in contact with his family.

Police and family members are concerned for Joseph Abdul N’Bawa’s well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Abdul N’Bawa is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.


MCP Holds Quarterly Award Ceremony

The Montgomery County Police Department held its Quarterly Awards Ceremony earlier today at the Public Safety Headquarters. The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the following awards: Lifesaving, Commendation, Problem-Oriented Policing, the Chief’s Award, and Supervisor of the Year. The award recipients are as follows:

Lifesaving Award – Awarded to an employee who makes a major contribution toward saving the life of another by providing essential medical treatment prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Lifesaving Award Recipients:

Police Officer II Glenn Altshuler

Police Officer III Brandi Barber

Police Officer II Michelle Barger

Police Officer III James Barnes

Sergeant Alfred Dzenkowski

Police Officer III Nicholas Hoornstra

Sergeant Douglas Miller

Crossing Guard Pauling Miller

Sergeant James Rudnick

Police Officer III Emily Zupancic

A Commendation –  Awarded to an employee who makes a significant contribution to the mission of the department beyond the ordinary call of duty. It recognizes those incidents wherein the member’s courage, resourcefulness, tenacity, and/or perseverance in the performance of the employee’s duties has resulted in the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Commendation Recipients:

Forensic Specialist I Tiffany Brooks

Forensic Specialist II Kristine Calcara

Detective Fernando Carvajal

Detective Natalie Gwin

Detective Sergeant Lawrence Haley

Police Officer III Charles Heffley

Forensic Specialist II Jennifer Karschner

Forensic Specialist I Amanda Kraemer

Forensic Specialist I LaShon Perkins

Detective Dimitry Ruvin

Detective Frank Springer

Detective Beverly Then

Problem-Oriented Policing Award – The Problem-Oriented Policing Award is designed to recognize a person or group, who has gone above and beyond the person’s normal duties in the spirit of community policing.

Problem-Oriented Policing Award Recipient:

Police Officer II Brock Dulko

Chief’s Award – The Chief’s Award will be awarded by the Chief of Police to employees who exemplify the highest standards of service to the community by virtue of their diligence, dedication, and character.

Chief’s Award Recipient:

Sergeant Jonathan Green


Supervisor of the Year Award:

Sworn: Sergeant Paul Bandholz

Civilian: Spencer Kelly

Congratulations to all of the recipients.



Concern for Missing Man

David Emanuel Bailey

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

David Emanuel Bailey, age 29, who was last known to reside at an address on Falls Grove Drive in Rockville, has been reported as missing.  He was last seen at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, when a family member drove him to a bus stop located at Shady Grove Road and Frederick Road (Route 355) in Gaithersburg.  Family members have been unable to contact him since that time.

Bailey is described as an African American male, 5’ 10” tall and weighing 180 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes. Bailey was last seen wearing a tan-hooded- sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown and green tennis shoes.  He has tattoos on his neck, left tricep, and forearm.

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

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of David Emanuel Bailey is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.