Concern for Missing Fairland Area Teenager

Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr.

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

Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr., age 15, was last seen by family members when he left his Fairland Road home on foot at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23.  Maurice is described as an African American male, 5’10” tall, and weighing 175 pounds.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.  Maurice was last seen wearing a black “Marvel” t-shirt with red letters, dark blue jeans, and red Nike shoes.  Maurice is known to frequent the area of the Orchard Center shopping mall located at 12000 Cherry Hill Road in the Calverton area.

Police and family are concerned for Maurice’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maurice Edward Kirkland Jr. is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Concern for Missing Bethesda Man

Update: April 24 – Sean Preilipper has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 37-year-old Bethesda man.

Sean Preilipper, 37, walked away from his Tanglewood Drive residence in Bethesda at approximately 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 21 (yesterday).  He is described as a white male, 6′ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.  When he left the home he shares with family members, he was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, dark jeans, and dark colored shoes.

Police and family are concerned for Sean Preilipper’s emotional and physical welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sean Preilipper is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.


Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Suspect Who Assaulted a U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier; Composite Released

Computer-created composite of suspect who assaulted a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section and Postal Inspectors continue to investigate the March 15 assault of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier that occurred while she was delivering mail in the Damascus area.  Today, investigators are releasing a computer-created composite of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On March 15 at approximately 12:10 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the 9400 block of Holsey Road for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that the adult female victim, who is a letter carrier and was operating a U.S. Postal Service mail truck, was delivering mail in the 9400 block of Holsey Road when the male suspect approached her while she was in the truck.  The suspect asked the victim if she had a package for an address on Holsey Road.  After the victim told the suspect that she did not have a package for that address, the suspect again told the victim to give him the package and reached into the mail truck.  The victim attempted to roll up the truck’s windows and was assaulted by the suspect when he used an unknown object to cut the sleeve of the jacket that she was wearing.  The victim, who was not injured in the assault, drove the mail truck away from the suspect and contacted the police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties.  He has dark hair, wears glasses, and has a medium build.  He was last seen wearing a knit cap.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this assault is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.  Anyone who has any information regarding this individual or this crime is urged to contact Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.  Information may be provided online at, or via text: “USPIS” plus your tip to: TIP411 (847411).


Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, April 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office will be participating in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is a safe, free, and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Fifteen drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in the facility lobbies:

  • Chevy Chase:

Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                                                            5906 Connecticut Avenue

MCP 2nd District Police at Village of Friendship Heights Community  Center               4433 S. Park Avenue

  • Gaithersburg:

MCP 1st District Station/ Public Safety Headquarters                                                    100 Edison Park Drive

MCP 6th District Station                                                                                                    45 West Watkins Mill Road

Gaithersburg Police Station                                                                                             14 Fulks Corner Avenue

Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.                                                        417 Russell Avenue

  • Germantown:

MCP 5th District Station                                                                                              20000 Aircraft Drive

Churchill Senior Living                                                                                               21000 Father Hurley Blvd.

  • Rockville:

Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriff’s                                                           2 W. Montgomery Ave. – Lobby of Rockville City Police Station

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack                                                                      7915 Montrose Road

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington                              6125 Montrose Road

  • Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station                                                                                                 1002 Milestone Drive

Schweinhaut Senior Center                                                                                         1000 Forest Glen Road

  • Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby                                           7500 Maple Avenue

  • Wheaton:

MCP 4th District Station                                                                                                2300 Randolph Road

Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.



Man Arrested and Charged with Indecent Exposure and Attempted Child Abduction

Jemberu Bekele Geda

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District have charged Jemberu Bekele Geda, age 37, of the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive with indecent exposure for an incident involving a juvenile female, and attempted child abduction of two boys under the age of 10.

On Sunday, April 16 at approximately 6:48 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of 11550 Stewart Lane in White Oak for the report of an attempted child abduction that had just occurred.

The investigation revealed that two male victims, 8 and 9-year-old cousins, were playing at a neighborhood playground when the suspect, later identified as Geda, approached them.  After approaching the victims, Geda grabbed them by their wrists and attempted to bring them into his apartment.  The victims told Geda that they did not want to go with him and Geda let go of their wrists.   After being released, the victims fled to their nearby home where they immediately told a parent about the incident.  Responding officers also learned that earlier that day, Geda had exposed himself to a 13-year-old female who also lives in the neighborhood.

Responding officers located Geda at his home where he was positively identified as the same suspect who exposed himself to the female victim and who attempted to abduct the male victims.  Geda was arrested and during an interview told officers that he did not know any of the victims and that he grabbed the male victims because he wanted them to come play in his apartment.

Geda was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of indecent exposure and two counts of attempted child abduction.  Geda was ordered held without bond.