Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Bethesda Theft Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the November 27 theft of credit cards from the victim’s purse at a Bethesda grocery store and the subsequent fraudulent use of those cards at a Best Buy store in Washington, D.C.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

Investigation revealed that on November 27 at 5:00 p.m., the victim was shopping at Trader Joe’s located at 6831 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. While shopping, the victim was approached by the suspect who engaged her in a conversation. The victim believed the suspect was trying to distract her, so the victim ended the encounter. The victim believed the encounter with the suspect was suspicious and checked her purse and was unable to locate her wallet. At a later date, the victim learned of multiple fraudulent charges to her credit card from her bank.

Suspect one is described as an adult male in his early 30s with dark hair, 6’2” tall, and weighing between 210 and 230 pounds. Suspect two is described as an adult male in his early to mid 40s with dark hair and a full beard., 5’10” tall, and weighing between 180 and 190 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects is asked to call the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6700. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to keep safe while shopping by following these tips:

  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Do not become distracted while shopping; stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you – pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Try to avoid carrying a large number of bags. Make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.

Suspect One

Suspect One

Suspect Two

Suspect Two


Mother Charged in February Homicide of Two-Month-Old Daughter

Rebecca D. Briones

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division have charged Rebecca D. Briones, age 31, of the 200 block of North Adams Street in Rockville, for second-degree murder and child abuse that resulted in the February 21, 2017, death of her 2-month-old daughter, Lissana Briones.

On February 18, at approximately 8:03 p.m., Rebecca Briones called 9-1-1 to report that her daughter, Lissana, was unresponsive.  Rockville City police officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the home and transported Lissana to a local hospital.  Lissana was then flown to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she died on February 21.

On February 21, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Washington, D.C. conducted an autopsy on Lissana.  On September 25, the OCME ruled that Lissana’s manner of death as homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries.

Major Crimes Detectives interviewed Briones on December 11.  Briones admitted that on February 18, she shook Lissana and threw her on to the bed.  Briones stated that she immediately called 9-1-1 after discovering Lissana unresponsive during a nap. Briones told detectives that she had abused Lissana on three prior occasions in a similar manner.

On December 12, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Briones charging her with one count each of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

On December 13, Briones was arrested at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg.

Bond information for Briones is not yet available.


Silver Spring Deaths Investigated as a Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating two deaths that occurred yesterday evening in Silver Spring as a murder-suicide.

On Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 8:45 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of Fenwick Lane for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

Upon entering the home, first responders located the suspect, identified as Garvey Dyer, age 61, of the 4700 block of Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound.  Officers further located the victim, Rose Dyer, age 88, of the Fenwick Lane address, deceased in the home from an apparent gunshot wound.

The investigation by detectives determined that Garvey Dyer was Rose Dyer’s son.  Family had contacted police after learning that Garvey Dyer had gone to his mother’s home.

Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050.  Callers may remain anonymous.


Rockville Pedestrian Fatality Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal traffic collision that occurred on Wednesday, December 13, in Rockville.

At approximately 11:22 p.m., MCPD officers from the 1st District, Rockville City police officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Rockville Pike and Church Street for the report of a pedestrian involved personal injury collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a silver 2017 Nissan Armada was traveling northbound on Rockville Pike, when for reasons that are still under investigation, struck an adult male pedestrian who was crossing westbound Rockville Pike at Church Street.  The pedestrian was transported to Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

The pedestrian’s identity will be released once family has been notified.  The driver of the Nissan Armada is being identified as Cupertino Unda, 83 years old, of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown.

This investigation remains ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.


Detectives Investigate Double Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a double shooting that occurred yesterday evening in Germantown. Investigators believe that this was not a random event and there is some prior association between the suspect(s) and the victims.

On Tuesday, December 12 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the reports of two persons who had been shot in the area of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road.

Upon arrival, first responders located the two victims inside a food establishment.  A 26-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body and a 27-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.  Both victims were transported to an area hospital.  Their injuries are described as non-life threatening.

This double shooting remains an open investigation.  Detectives continue to interview witnesses and canvass the area to gather information and obtain additional details.

Anyone with information regarding this double shooting is urged to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.