Suspect Arrested for Second-Degree Rape in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Demitrious Harriott, age 24, of the 8500 block of 16th Street, with the second-degree rape and robbery of an adult female that occurred early this morning at an apartment building in Silver Spring.

Today, November 15, at approximately 2:55 a.m., officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred at an apartment building in the 8500 block of 16th Street.  Investigation by SVID detectives has determined that the victim and Harriott (known to the victim as “Johnny”) began talking via a dating application.  They arranged to meet at Harriott’s residence (which he told the victim was located on 16th Street).  At approximately 2:30 this morning, the victim met Harriott at the apartment building.  As the victim and Harriott walked down a hallway, Harriott grabbed the victim and pushed her into a stairwell.  Harriott sexually assaulted the victim and physically assaulted her to include slamming her face into a concrete wall.  Harriott stole the victim’s cell phone and fled.

Through investigation, Harriott, who is known to frequently stay at an apartment in the building, was developed as a suspect.  Harriott was arrested at that apartment at approximately 6:15 this morning.

Harriott was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with second-degree rape, robbery, and second-degree assault.  He is being held without bond.


(Located) Concern for Missing Damascus Area Man

Update: November 13 at 4:15 p.m., Ryan Holt has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Damascus area man.

Ryan Xavier Bassey Holt, age 19, of Largo Court in Damascus, was last seen leaving his residence on foot after a disagreement at approximately 8:00 this morning.

Holt is approximately 5’11” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and black and red plaid pants.

Police and family are concerned for Holt’s welfare.

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

Ryan Holt

Officers Arrest Suspect for Discharging Gun in Gas Station Parking Lot in Silver Spring

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Desmond Jones, age 27, of Hyattsville, with crimes to include possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and resisting arrest.

On November 6 at approximately 10:13 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls regarding the sound of shots fired in the area of the Sunoco gas station located at 12040 Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring.  Officers responded to the business and located shell casings in the parking lot and in the roadway.

A gas station employee told officers that at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jones, who had earlier caused a disturbance in the business and had been told to leave by the employee, returned to the Sunoco gas station.  Jones began to argue with the employee outside of the business.  After some time, Jones got into his vehicle and as he drove away, fired multiple rounds from a handgun through his sunroof.

Witnesses were able to provide officers with Jones’ identity and a description of his vehicle.

At approximately 2:37 a.m. on November 7, a 3rd District officer located Jones’ vehicle to the rear of a business located at 12056 Cherry Hill Road.  Officers approached the vehicle and observed Jones laying down in the back seat.  Jones ignored officers’ verbal commands and began to reach in the area of his waistband.  Officers were able to open the unlocked, rear door and take Jones into custody.  A loaded handgun was located in a concealed holster in Jones’ waistband.

During the investigation it was determined that Jones is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior criminal conviction.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that Jones is responsible for a shooting which occurred during the overnight hours of October 19 to October 20, during which four town homes on Sweet Clover Drive in Silver Spring sustained damage from bullet holes.

Jones was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he is being held without bond.

Desmond Jones


Detectives Investigate Bicycle-Involved Collision in Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious bicycle-involved collision that occurred last evening in Bethesda.

On Friday, November 8, at approximately 5:45 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Old Georgetown Road at the entrance ramp for the inner loop of Interstate 495 (I-495) for the report of a collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2006 Toyota Camry, driven by Nanak Singh Manku, age 83, of McLean, Virginia, had exited the inner loop of I-495 onto southbound Old Georgetown Road and was attempting to re-enter the inner loop of I-495 on the northbound side of Old Georgetown Road.  During this attempt, the Toyota struck a 13-year-old female who was riding her bicycle in the crosswalk of northbound Old Georgetown Road at the entrance ramp to the inner loop of I-495.

The juvenile bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Camry, Manku, was not injured.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773- 6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

Media Advisory: Resident to Receive 4th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for Lifesaving Actions


4th District Lieutenant Gerald McFarland will present a Rockville resident with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation for the resident’s lifesaving actions.  The person who received the lifesaving measures will also be in attendance to thank the resident and officers who came to his aid.

On October 3 at approximately 10:15 p.m., a 4th District officer was on patrol and driving his cruiser on Randolph Road near the 4th District police station when he observed a Mero bus stopped in the roadway and the driver of the bus flagging him down.

The driver explained that there was an unconscious male on the bus.  When the officer entered the bus, a passenger was performing CPR on the 24-year-old male.  The officer radioed for additional assistance to include Fire and Rescue personnel. The officer continued CPR and another officer used her automated external defibrillator (AED).  The male was transported to the hospital and has since been released.


Monday, November 11, at noon


4th District Police Station

2300 Randolph Road

Wheaton, Maryland 20902