Silver Spring Homicide Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department, Major Crimes Division are investigating the homicide of a 24-year-old male that occurred in Silver Spring early this morning.

On Sunday, May 28, at approximately 2:30 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the Days Inn located at 8040 13th Street for a disturbance in the parking lot. First responders located the victim in his hotel room suffering from life-threatening trauma to his body. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim left his room at approximately 2:30 a.m. Witnesses reported that he was assaulted by a group of suspects in the parking lot. The victim was able to return to his room where police were called.

This remains an active investigation. Additional information will be released as it can be confirmed. Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

During the Memorial Day weekend, there are many celebrations where people choose to drink alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, May 26, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and Maryland Transportation Authority Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, May 26 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**

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Detectives Investigate Commercial Armed Robbery at White Oak Shopping Center; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who committed an armed robbery at the Dollar City & More store in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the May 9 armed robbery of the Dollar City & More store in the White Oak Shopping Center.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Tuesday, May 9 at approximately 4:30 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Dollar City & More store located at 11231 New Hampshire Avenue for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the store, selected merchandise from an aisle, and approached a clerk working at a cash register as if to pay for the merchandise.  When the clerk opened the register to complete the transaction, the suspect displayed a handgun and announced the robbery.  The suspect demanded money from the cash register and threatened to harm the clerk if he was not given the money.  The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspect placed the money into his jacket pocket and fled from the store on foot toward the area of Lockwood Drive and July Drive.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

Surveillance video of armed robbery at White Oak Dollar City & More store

 

Suspect who committed armed robbery at White Oak Dollar City & More store

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Concern for Missing 82-Year-Old Man with Dementia

Angelo D’Alessandro

Update: May 24 at 9:00 p.m. – Angelo D’Alessandro has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Bethesda area man with dementia.

Angelo D’Alessandro, age 82, was last seen by family members at approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening when he left his Millwood Road home on foot.  The family reported to police that Mr. D’Alessandro does not have a vehicle and does not use public transportation.

Mr. D’Alessandro is described as a white male, 5’ 6” tall, and weighing approximately 170 pounds.  He is bald with gray hair on the sides and wears glasses.  He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with red stripes on the side and blue sweatpants.  D’Alessandro suffers from dementia and speaks only Italian.

Police and family are concerned for Mr. D’Alessandro’s physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Angelo D’Alessandro is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Detectives Investigate Counterfeit “Movie Money” Scam

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating reports of a scam that involves suspects becoming involved in private online transactions via social media apps and websites and using fake, prop money to pay for items.  The prop money, which can be purchased online, is used in movies and is usually marked, “For Motion Picture Use Only”.

During a prop money scam that occurred in Montgomery County on May 15, the 18-year-old female victim placed an advertisement to sell her iPhone 6 on the app “Letgo”.  The suspect, who identified himself as “Xavier on his “Letgo” profile and in text messages to the victim, agreed to purchase the victim’s cellular phone for $450.  The suspect told the victim that he only had five $100 bills and would give her the $500 if she would give him $50 in return.  The victim agreed to meet the suspect in the parking lot of the Milestone Shopping center located at 20900 Frederick Road in Germantown to sell him the phone.

During the transaction, the suspect gave the victim a bank envelope that appeared to contain five, $100 bills.  The victim then gave the suspect her iPhone 6 and $50 in cash.

Later that evening, the victim attempted to deposit the money into her bank.  The bank rejected the deposit.  Upon further inspection of the money, the victim discovered the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” written across the top of the five $100 bills.  The victim then reported the incident to the police department.

The suspect in this case is described as an approximately 15 to 16-year-old African American male who is tall and thin.  Anyone who has information about this suspect is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department has designated Exchange Zones for residents to complete online transactions.  These Exchange Zones are located at each of the six police district station’s lobbies and parking lots (with the exception of the Second District parking lot):  For more information about these Exchange Zones, please follow the link:

MCP Designates Exchange Zones for Online Transactions

When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

  • Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well populated, well lit, and preferably at a designated police exchange zone.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone and when possible, take a friend with you.
  • Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home.
  • Never give out any personal or financial information.
  • When dealing with large sums of cash, don’t be afraid to tell the buyer that you will want to check the bills for authenticity.
  • It is OK to show a buyer that you have an item, but do not surrender it until you have checked the validity of the currency.
  • Look for the denomination specific security features. Each bill has a specific watermark and security thread.
  • Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.

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Front of the counterfeit “Movie Money” currency

Rear of the counterfeit “Movie Money” currency