The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division is currently investigating the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba that occurred this morning in Silver Spring.
Today at approximately 8:49 a.m., Officer Thomas J. Bomba of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District was on routine patrol when he radioed to the dispatcher that he had been flagged down by someone regarding disorderly subjects in the public parking garage located on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. There was no additional communication from Officer Bomba. Additional officers responded to the area to assist him with the call.
The first assisting officer located Officer Bomba on the top level of the garage suffering from a gunshot wound and immediately radioed for additional support to include Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the scene and Officer Bomba was subsequently transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Thomas Bomba, age 38, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Services Division in the 3rd District. He is survived by his wife and two children.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives urge anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
UPDATE: October 3, 2019 – Fernando Ponce has been located safe and unharmed.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Bethesda man.
Fernando Ponce, age 81, was last seen on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda at approximately 9:30 a.m., on October 2, 2019. Ponce was wearing blue pants with a light blue shirt and a gray suit jacket.
Family members believe that Ponce had taken the Metro to the Library of Congress but never returned.
Ponce is 5’7″ inches tall and weighs in at approximately 150 pounds. He has gray hair.
Police and family are concerned for Ponce’s welfare.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Fernando Ponce is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred last night in the Boyds area.
On Saturday, September 28, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers from the 1st District along with MCFR personnel responded to Darnestown Road just prior to Bucklodge Road for a vehicle collision.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350 was traveling eastbound on Darnestown Road when for unknown reasons it struck two utility poles before leaving the roadway. The adult male driver was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Stephen Michael Feny, age 35, of Poolesville.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620