Detectives Investigate Theft of Purse in Germantown; Composite Sketch of Suspect Released

Composite sketch of female theft suspect.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the March 8 theft of a purse that occurred inside a Germantown Starbucks coffee shop. Today, investigators are releasing a composite sketch of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on Friday, March 8 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the adult female victim was inside the Starbucks coffee shop located at 13408 Kingsview Village Avenue when the suspect stole her purse and fled from the store. The suspect was last seen on foot in the 13300 block of Dovedale Way.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic female who is 5’ 5” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. She has dark hair and was wearing a teal hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this theft 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.

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Montgomery County Department of Police Annual Reports for 2018 Available Online

The following Montgomery County Department of Police Annual Reports for 2018 are now available online:

2018 Annual Report on Bias Incidents

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Annual Report on Bias Incidents is a report that provides statistical data about all of the incidents and criminal offenses that are motivated by the offender’s bias against a race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In the state of Maryland, Public Safety Article §2-307 adds homelessness to the list of protected classes, and tasks all law enforcement agencies in the state to provide the Maryland State Police (MSP) with information related to bias-motivated incidents.

2018 Annual Use of Force Report 

The information presented in this annual report is obtained from the Use of Force reports completed by officers for incidents in calendar year 2018 where some type of force was used. This report is intended to provide an overview of the incidents involving use of force by police officers and to also identify trends and other issues that need to be addressed. In addition, annual reporting and analysis of department use of force policies and procedures is required by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to help agencies identify policy modifications, trends, improve training and officer safety, and provide timely information for the agency to promptly address use of force issues. The Montgomery County Department of Police is dedicated to creating a culture of safety, transparency, and accountability.

2018 Annual Pursuit Report 

The information contained in this report is obtained from the MCP 610, Motor Vehicle Pursuit Report, the form completed by a supervisor from the district where a police pursuit originated.  On an annual basis, the Montgomery County Department of Police reviews and analyzes the data collected from the MCP 610 forms obtained in that calendar year and the pursuit policy (Function Code 135).

Cold Case Detectives Identify Suspect of Unsolved Rapes and Murder; DNA and Genealogy Helped Solve the Crimes

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Cold Case Section have identified the suspect who committed a 1989 rape of a 53-year-old female and the 1994 rape and murder of 44-year-old Le Bich-Thuy.  The suspect, identified as Kenneth Earl Day, died in March 2017 in Upshur County, West Virginia, at the age of 52.

The two unsolved crimes in which Day has been determined to be the suspect are:

  • Rape
    • On June 25, 1989, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the 52-year-old victim was walking on Lewis Avenue in Rockville when the suspect approached her from behind, assaulted her, and raped her. Suspect DNA evidence was recovered.

 

  • Rape and Homicide
    • On October 3, 1994, Le Bich-Thuy, age 42, was located deceased to the side of her home in the 1600 block of Martha Terrace in Rockville. The investigation by detectives revealed that Le Bich-Thuy had been assaulted, raped, and then strangled.  Investigators further determined that Le Bich-Thuy was last known to be alive at approximately 10:00 p.m. on September 28, 1994 as she left the Twinbrook Metro Station in Rockville.  Suspect DNA evidence was recovered.

During the investigation of these crimes, an analysis of the suspect DNA left at these two scenes determined that the same suspect committed both rapes and murder.  The suspect’s DNA was entered into a national DNA database (Combined DNA Index System – CODIS) but there was no match.  Despite extensive investigative efforts, these cases remained unsolved.

In 2017, Cold Case detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, or the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Using the suspect’s DNA left at these scenes, Parabon’s Shapshot DNA Phenotyping Service produced what is referred to as a Snapshot composite depicting how the suspect in these cases may have looked and predicting his ancestry.  In hopes of generating new leads in these cases, detectives released the composite to the public and hoped that someone would recognize him.

More recently, Parabon submitted a genetic data profile of the suspect’s DNA to the publicly available genetic genealogy database, GEDmatch, in order to potentially find individuals who shared a significant amount of DNA with the unknown suspect.

Additional investigation, which included genealogy research, was then conducted by Cold Case investigators and led to the identification of Day as the suspect of these rapes and murder.

It was determined that Day had died in Upshur County, West Virginia, in March 2017.  Detectives obtained a sample of Day’s DNA taken from his autopsy.  The Montgomery County Department of Police – Crime Laboratory processed Day’s DNA and determined that it was a positive match to the suspect’s DNA profile taken as evidence from both crime scenes.

At this time, the Cold Case Section continues to investigate Day’s possible involvement in other unsolved crimes.  Photographs of Kenneth Earl Day taken at various dates and a list of Day’s prior known addresses with the approximate dates he lived at those locations are below.

Anyone with information about Kenneth Earl Day is asked to call the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, Cold Case Section at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Prior known addresses for Kenneth Earl Day with approximate dates:

1989: 500 block of Beall Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

1988: 100 block of Willowdale Drive, Frederick, MD 21702

1990-1991: 20000 block of Frederick Road, Germantown, MD 20876

1990: Unit block of Whetstone Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

1992: 11700 block of Zebrawood Court, Germantown MD 20876

1993-1994: 12300 block of Selfridge Road, Silver Spring MD 20906

1994-2000 block of Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20851

1997-1999: 14400 block of Belvedere Drive, Woodbridge VA 22193

2002-2004: 11800 block of Renner Road, Keymar, MD 21757

Late 2000’s: 10300 block of Mumma Ford Road, Rocky Ridge, MD 21778

Late 2000’s: Unit block of Heavner Grove Road, Buchannon, WV 26201


Kenneth Earl Day – 1989 – age 24

Parabon composite of suspect at 25 years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Earl Day – 1994 – age 29

 

Kenneth Earl Day – 1999 – age 34

Kenneth Earl Day – 2001 – age 36

Kenneth Earl Day – 2003 – age 38

Kenneth Earl Day – 2005 – age 40

 

Parabon composite of suspect at ~60 years of age.

Concern for Missing Woman

Deborah Louis Bachman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman.

Deborah Louis Bachman, age 36, who was last known to reside on Crestedge Lane in the Aspen Hill area, last contacted family via telephone on Wednesday, March 13. Family has been unable to contact her since that time. Detectives believe that Bachman may be driving her red, 2004 Honda CRV with Maryland tags: 4BE8505.

Bachman is described as a white female, 5’8” tall and weighing 180 pounds. She has auburn hair and blue eyes.

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

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Louis Bachman or her vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.

Sobriety Checkpoint To Be Conducted Tonight; Always Choose A Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Department of Police is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, March 15, officers from the Montgomery County Police and troopers from the Maryland State 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, March 15 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m. and weather permitting)

**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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