Fatal Motorcycle Collision Investigated in Ashton

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred last night in Ashton.

On Saturday, October 13, at approximately 7:00 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a personal injury collision on Ashton Road (Route 108) between Ashland Drive and Tucker Road.  First responders located an adult male who had been operating a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle and an adult male driver and an adult female passenger of a Toyota RAV4 at the scene.  The three adults had been injured in a collision involving the vehicles.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Ashton Road while the Toyota was traveling westbound.  For reasons still under investigation, the two vehicles collided on a curve between Ashland Drive and Tucker Road.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Suburban hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  He is being identified as Gregory Viccharelli, 56 years old, of Astoria Lane in Ashton.

The driver of the Toyota is being identified as Jae Li Yang, 59 years old, of Deer Run in Laurel.  His passenger is being identified as  Ki Chan Chi, a 92-year-old female of Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney.  They were transported to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.


Detectives Investigate Germantown 7-Eleven Armed Robbery; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who robbed a Germantown 7-Eleven

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 4 armed robbery of a convenience store in Germantown.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Thursday, October 4 at approximately 2:31 a.m., 5th District officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 12301 Middlebrook Road for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that an adult male employee was behind the counter when the suspect entered the store.  The suspect approached the employee, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash from the registers.  The suspect obtained currency from the business and fled.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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.


Fifth District Officers Take Suspect into Custody During Fire in Clarksburg Townhouse

On Thursday, October 11 at approximately 5:33 p.m., 5th District officers were dispatched to a three-story townhouse in the 22000 block of Fair Garden Lane in Clarksburg for the report of a violent male suspect “destroying” the house.

Just as the caller to 9-1-1 was hanging up, the Emergency Communications Center call-taker could hear a smoke alarm going off in the background, but couldn’t confirm details of a fire, other than it was originating in the kitchen. Fire and Rescue personnel were also dispatched to the residence.

Upon arrival, the complainant who was outside the residence, confirmed that her boyfriend was still inside and had likely been drinking before becoming destructive and starting a fire in the kitchen of the residence.

Firefighters and one 5th District officer made entry into the first floor and were in the process of advancing the hose line to the first-floor kitchen when they encountered the suspect. He refused to leave and began throwing pots and hot/burnt debris at the firefighters and officer.

The stove was on fire with the fire extending to surrounding cabinets. Firefighters were able to begin extinguishing the fire before retreating from the residence. (By protocol, in any incidents in which there is violence, weapons involvement, barricade etc., MCFRS will wait for police to secure the scene. They make every effort to attempt to create a safe environment for those in close proximity to the fire.)

Officers entered the house a second time, which was still thick with smoke, and continued to be struck by objects thrown at them by the suspect, as they attempted to try to get the him to leave the house. Officers had to back off from their attempts, and began evacuating the adjoining townhouses.

The officers developed a plan that involved the use of protective shields and the possible use of a Taser when approaching the man a third time. The plan succeeded in protecting the officers from the thrown debris and the Taser was effectively deployed, preventing the male and officers from additional injury.

The suspect violently resisted officers’ attempts to handcuff him and remove him from the home as the fire grew more intense. One of the officers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on the stove, with flames then reaching three feet. The front and rear doors were opened to help dissipate the pervasive smoke. After the suspect was in handcuffs, firefighters assisted the officers in removing the suspect from the home, and then fully extinguished the fire.

The suspect, a 48-year-old resident of the house, was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, to include smoke inhalation, by Fire and Rescue personnel to an area hospital for emergency evaluation.

Ten officers who responded to the incident were transported to Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown for treatment of smoke inhalation and later released. The department thanks all the emergency room staff who provided excellent services to the officers.

Fire Marshals are conducting an investigation. Their investigation has determined the fire cause was incendiary (Arson), with fire damage about $2,000 total to structure and contents.

Charges are currently pending from both police and the fire marshals. The suspect’s name cannot be released until he has been charged.

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Concern for Missing Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman.

Bernadette Arrington, age 49, was last known to be a resident of the Laytonsville  (Safe) Haven Shelter located at 5834 Riggs Road in the Laytonsville area.  She left the shelter on August 10, 2018, and said she would return in a couple of days.  Shelter staff spoke to Arrington in late August via telephone and Arrington stated that she would return to the shelter.  Shelter personnel have not been able to contact her since that time and have reported her as missing to the police.

Arrington is described as an African American female, 5′ 3″ tall and weighing 145 pounds.  She has brown eyes and black hair.

Police and shelter personnel are concerned for Arrington’s physical and emotional welfare.

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

Bernadette Arrington

Bernadette Arrington

Update: Identity Released in Death Investigation Following Germantown House Fire; No Foul Play Suspected

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are identifying the male who was located deceased in his Germantown home following a house fire as Richard Michael Bauer, age 69, of the 19200 block of Cross Ridge Drive.

The autopsy results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore are pending.  At this time, no foul play is suspected in Bauer’s death.