Concern for Missing Germantown Teenager

Reyna Yamileth Ortega

Update: July 23, 2018 at 8:43 a.m.- Reyna Yamileth Ortega has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown teenager.

Reyna Yamileth Ortega, age 16, of Misty Meadow Terrace, has been reported missing by her family.  Ortega is described as a Hispanic female, 4’ 11” tall, and weighing 95 pounds.  She has dark brown hair worn in braids and brown eyes.  Ortega was last seen wearing a white shirt and gray shorts.

Police and family are concerned for Ortega’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Reyna Yamileth Ortega is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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Animal Services Officers Investigate Animal Hoarding Case; 71 Animals Removed from North Potomac Townhouse

On Saturday, July 14 at approximately 1:56 p.m., officers with the Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division (ASD) were called to the 12000 block of Sweetbough Court in North Potomac to investigate an animal welfare complaint. Later that day, ASD officers began humanly removing animals from the home after the animals were surrendered by their owner. Initially 53 cats and one rabbit were removed.

Animal Services Officers are continuing their efforts to humanely trap and remove the remaining cats. As of today, July 20, 71 animals (70 cats and the one rabbit) have been removed from the home and are being cared for at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood.

Because this matter is under investigation by the ASD, it is not appropriate to release additional details at this time. The ASD will update the community as soon as its investigation has concluded.

Media contact: ASD Director Thomas Koenig                                                              240-773-5928 or Thomas.Koenig@montgomerycountymd.gov

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The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC), operated by the Department of Police, Animal Services Division, provides high-standard sheltering and care to the homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our community and ensures the safety and welfare of the county’s citizens. We are the county’s only open-admission, municipal shelter. Through adoptions, education, outreach, and more, MCASAC serves as a critical community resource to promote and advocate for responsible pet care.  Animal Services Officers are on-call seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours-a-day.  For more information, please visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/asd. 

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Two Pedestrians Fatally Struck by Train in Germantown

Update: July 19, 2018: The victims are being identified as Daianne Peralta, age 25, of an unconfirmed address, and Cristina Segovia, age 30, of the unit block of West Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the deaths of two adult females who were fatally struck by a train on Wednesday night in Germantown.

On Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 8:28 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the report of pedestrians who had been struck by a CSX train on the railroad tracks in the area of Waring Station Road and Peach Crest Drive.

The initial investigation has revealed that the two females were in the area of the tracks when, for reasons still under investigation, they were struck by a westbound CSX train. They succumbed to their injuries at the scene.  The investigation also revealed that the train operator had observed the females and had sounded the train’s horn and applied the train’s brakes.

The victims’ identities will be released once family notifications have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Update: Two Additional Suspects Charged with Prostitution Offenses Related to Ongoing Massage Parlor Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Unit have arrested and charged Manni Chen, age 42, and Guihong Wei, age 51, with prostitution and human trafficking-related offenses.  Chen and Wei were both living in the Rockville massage parlor where they were working.

In December of 2017, the Montgomery County Police Department became aware of possible prostitution offenses and human trafficking occurring at four massage parlors located in Montgomery County.

On June 12, 2018, investigators charged three suspects with human trafficking and prostitution-related offenses in reference to the four massage parlors. Two of those massage parlors were located at 966 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

On June 15, detectives were notified that one of the massage parlors on Hungerford Drive had re-opened and that prostitution-related activities were once again occurring at that location.

Detectives further learned through interviews that two females (later identified as Chen and Wei) were working and living in the massage parlor and would often provide sexual services to the male customers.

Yesterday (July 17), Chen and Wei were arrested at one of the Rockville massage parlors on the strength of Montgomery County arrest warrants.  Wei was charged with one count of engaging in prostitution and one count of occupying a building for prostitution.   Chen was charged with one count of occupying a building for prostitution.  Chen was released after posting a $7,000 bond.  Wei was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives believe that additional suspects may be charged as the investigation continues.

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Guihong Wei

Suspect Arrested for Stabbing Assault in Silver Spring

Jonathan S. Worth

On Tuesday, July 17 at approximately 5:41 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to the 8500 block of Fenton Street for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel were already in the area for a report of the odor of gas. Firefighters were able to provide a description to police of the suspect and a woman with whom he was walking, and the direction they were last seen travelling on foot.

Fire and Rescue responders provided treatment to the victim, a 24-year-old male, suffering from an apparent stab wound to the chest. He was transported to an area hospital for further treatment, and is currently in stable condition.

Third District officers were able to locate the suspect and the female and take them into custody. Through the course of the investigation it was learned that the male suspect and victim (who did not know one another), got into a verbal altercation as they walked on Ellsworth Drive. When they were in the 8600 block of Fenton Street, the male suspect stabbed the victim. The motive for the assault has not yet been confirmed.

Jonathan (Jo’Nathan) S. Worth, age 24, from the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and reckless endangerment.  After investigation, the female with Worth was determined not to be involved in the assault and was released without charges.

Worth is currently being held without bond.

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