Detectives Investigate Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Collision in Silver Spring Area

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred last night in the Silver Spring area.

On Sunday, October 13, at approximately 7:40 p.m., a 3rd District officer was flagged down by a resident who reported that a pedestrian had just been struck at the intersection of University Boulevard East and Seek Lane.  Responding officers and Fire and Rescue personnel located the pedestrian deceased at the scene.  He is identified as Julio Vargas Valerio, age 67, of the 8600 block of Garland Avenue in Takoma Park.

Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that Valerio was crossing University Boulevard East from north to south at Seek Lane when, for reasons still under investigation, he was struck by a 2006 Subaru Outback which was traveling east on University Boulevard East.   After being struck by the Outback, Valerio was then struck by a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse which was also traveling east on University Boulevard East.

The driver of the Outback is identified as 74-year-old George Harry Dove of Medwick Drive in Hyattsville.  Dove was not injured in the collision.

The driver of the Eclipse is identified as 40-year-old Eulalio R. Lopez Vail of the 1000 block of University Boulevard East in Silver Spring.  Lopez Vail and two adult passengers in his vehicle were not injured in the collision.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Concern for Missing Wheaton Juvenile

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigation Division (SVID) are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager.

Fatima Esmeralda Hernandez-Rivera was last seen at her residence in the 11900 block of Claridge Road in Wheaton on October 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Hernandez-Rivera is described as a 14-year-old Hispanic female, 5’ 5” tall and 120 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes.  She has a nose piercing.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fatima Esmeralda Hernandez-Rivera is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line) or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400. Callers may remain anonymous.

Fatima Esmeralda Hernandez-Rivera

Aggressive Panhandler Robs Victim in Bethesda; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are investigating the robbery of an adult female that occurred in the area of Commerce Lane and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda on September 5.  The Police Department is releasing video surveillance of the suspect and is asking anyone with information to come forward to police.

On Thursday, September 5, at approximately 8:35 p.m., the victim was walking on the sidewalk of Commerce Lane toward Old Georgetown Road when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect, who identified himself as “Raisin,” asked her for money. When the victim stated that she had none, the suspect became threatening and the victim gave him her Metro SmarTrip (fare) card.  The suspect then stated that the card better have money on it or he would “beat her [the victim] up” next time he saw her.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  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.

Officers Arrest Wanted Suspect After Foot Pursuit in White Oak; Suspect in Possession of Loaded Handgun

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District Special Assignment Team (SAT) have arrested and charged Foday Gassama, age 28, of Purple Mountain Lane in Gaithersburg, with possession of a loaded handgun on his person, obliterating a serial number on a firearm, and the prohibited possession of a firearm due to a previous criminal conviction.

On Tuesday, October 8, at approximately 6:00 p.m., 3rd District SAT officers were monitoring the White Oak area of Silver Spring when an officer observed a person he believed to be Gassama walking on the sidewalk of Lockwood Drive. The officer knew that Gassama had a Montgomery County warrant for his arrest for second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary.  Those charges stemmed from an incident that had occurred on October 4 in Silver Spring and was domestic-related.  During that incident, it was believed that Gassama had a firearm in his possession.

The officer approached Gassama in the 1500 block of Heather Hollow Circle.  When the officer told Gassama he was under arrest, he ran.  After a brief foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.

While searching Gassama, an officer located a loaded handgun in a satchel he was wearing across his shirt.  The serial number on the gun had been obliterated.

It was determined that Gassama is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior criminal convictions.

Gassama was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

Foday Gassama

Recovered handgun


Concern for Missing Man from Burtonsville (LOCATED)

Pic of Arthur Junior Gonzalez

Arthur Junior Gonzalez

10/8/2019 @8:45 pm

UPDATE:  Arthur Junior Gonzalez has been located safe and sound!


Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Burtonsville man.

Arthur Junior Gonzalez, age 28, is described as a Hispanic male, standing 5’06” tall, and weighing approximately 140 lbs.  He has black hair, brown eyes, a mustache and goatee, with an unknown clothing description.

Gonzalez also has tear drop tattoos under both eyes, a spiderweb tattoo on the back of his left hand, and ring tattoos on two of his left hand fingers.

Gonzalez was last seen at his family’s home in the 3100 blocks of Spencerville Road in Burtonsville and is known to frequent the Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center.

Police and family are concerned for the welfare of Gonzalez.

Anyone who has information regarding Arthur Junior Gonzalez’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).