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.

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Detectives Investigate Kensington 7-Eleven Attempted Armed Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who attempted to rob a Kensington 7-Eleven and who detectives believe attempted to rob a cab driver a day prior.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 9 attempted armed robbery of a convenience store in Kensington.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

On Tuesday, October 9 at approximately 3:45 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 3507 University Boulevard West for the report of an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that an adult male employee was behind the counter when the Hispanic female suspect entered the store.  The suspect, who was holding a handgun inside a plastic bag, announced the robbery and demanded cash from the registers.  During the robbery, an additional adult male employee who was working in the store approached the suspect from behind and grabbed the handgun out of the suspect’s hand.  One employee immediately called 9-1-1 while the other employee struggled with the suspect who was attempting to get back the gun. The suspect fled from the 7-Eleven without obtaining any property.   Detectives recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene which was found to be a replica handgun.

Based on this suspect’s description, detectives believe that on Monday, October 8 at approximately 4:00 a.m., this same suspect, displaying a handgun, attempted to rob a taxi driver in the 4000 block of Sampson Road in the Veirs Mill Village area.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or these crimes 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.

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Detectives Conducting Death Investigation Following Germantown House Fire

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are conducting a death investigation following a house fire that occurred this afternoon in Germantown.

On Wednesday, October 10 at approximately 12:02 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a house fire in the 19200 block of Cross Ridge Drive.

Once Fire and Rescue personnel rendered the home safe, firefighters entered the residence and located an adult male deceased in the home.

The decedent’s body has been transported to Baltimore where the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will conduct an autopsy.  The decedent will be identified once family members have been notified.

This investigation remains ongoing and Major Crimes Division detectives urge anyone who may have any information regarding this house fire or this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Concern for Missing Bethesda Woman

Candice Martina Reece

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Bethesda woman.

Candice Martina Reece, age 41, of Cordell Avenue, was last seen leaving her residence at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.  Reece was last known to be in the Olney area on Monday, October 8.

Reece is described as an African American female, 5′ 2″ tall and weighing 130 pounds.  She has brown eyes and black hair.

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

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

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Unknown Projectile Hits Police Cruiser During Call for Service in Silver Spring

Last night at approximately 8:46 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to the 7900 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of a large group of disorderly subjects and a possible assault.

Officers responded to the area and located some of the involved persons.  One person was located in the 8000 block of Georgia Avenue.  Four officers were at that location and had parked their marked cruisers in close proximity to them as they spoke to the person about the call for service.  Some of the cruisers had their overhead emergency lights activated.  During this interview, at approximately 9:21 p.m., the officers heard a loud pinging noise in the area of the police cruisers.  Soon after, officers heard an additional two to three pinging noises in the area of the cars.  For their safety, officers left the immediate area.

Officers inspected their vehicles and one officer located a small dent on the front passenger door of his car.  The dent was indicative of a pellet-type projectile.

The Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the 3rd District – Patrol Investigations Unit at  240-773-6860.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).