Concern for Missing Bethesda Woman with Dementia (Located)

UPDATE: Akiko King has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 86-year-old Bethesda woman who has dementia.

Akiko Sato King of the 4500 block of East West Highway was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at her residence.

King is approximately 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes.  King walks with the assistance of a cane.  She may be carrying a multicolored tote bag with a design that depicts children playing.

King frequents the downtown Bethesda area.

Anyone with information about Akiko King’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Akiko King

Akiko King

Concern for Missing Silver Spring Juvenile (Located)

Update: (6/26/2020): Kiera Evans has been located safe and unharmed.

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The Montgomery County Department of Police- Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Silver Spring juvenile.

Kiera Evans, age 15, of Ellsworth Court, was last seen at her residence on the evening of June 23.

Evans is described as approximately 5’ 4” tall, 105 pounds, with green eyes and blond hair (possibly in braids).

Her family believes she may be in Annapolis, Maryland, or West Virginia.

Family and police are concerned for Kiera Evans’ welfare.  Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

Kiera Evans

 

 

Alcohol Initiatives Unit Officer Arrests Driver for Possession of Handgun During Traffic Stop in Silver Spring

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Alcohol Initiatives Unit have arrested and charged Frederick Bangura, age 21, of Silver Spring, Maryland, with firearm-related offenses to include possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

On June 20, at approximately 12:53 a.m., an Alcohol Initiatives Unit officer was on routine patrol and was driving in the area of Fenton Street in Silver Spring when he conducted a traffic stop of a Hyundai Elantra.

The officer identified the driver of the Hyundai as Bangura and also identified the passenger.  While the officer spoke with Bangura he observed marijuana on Bangura’s shirt and in his lap.  During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun in a purse placed on the back seat and a loaded high-capacity handgun magazine on the driver’s side floorboard.  Additional marijuana was located on Bangura’s person.

It was determined that Bangura is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior criminal conviction.

Bangura was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit.

 

Frederick Bangura

Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman missing from Gaithersburg.

Matilda Amankwa, age 30, of the 19400 block of Woodfield Road, was last seen by her family on April 21.  Since that time, her family has been unable to locate her and has not been able to contact her via her cellular phone.  They have reported her as a missing person.

Amankwa is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

Amankwa may be driving her silver Honda Civic with Maryland tags: 6DS4963.

Anyone with information about Matilda Amankwa’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

Matilda Amankwa

Suspect Arrested for Burtonsville Area Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Denzel Massamba Kasaka, age, 22, of Twig Terrace in Silver Spring, with the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Jose Augusto Ruiz of Lisage Way in Silver Spring.

On Sunday, June 14, at approximately 11:46 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the report of an unconscious male who was bleeding inside of a vehicle in a parking lot located in the 13700 block of Avonshire Drive.  Officers located the victim, later identified as Ruiz, inside of a vehicle with cutting injuries to his body.  He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officers located witnesses to the homicide at the scene and obtained video surveillance of the incident.  Investigation determined that at approximately 10:40 p.m., Ruiz and another adult were in Ruiz’ car in a parking lot on Avonshire Drive.  Kasaka drove to the parking lot and he and Ruiz began to argue.  The argument became physical and Kasaka stabbed Ruiz.  Detectives do not believe that this homicide is random.

Ruiz’ body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted.

On the evening of June 16, Kasaka was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Denzel Kasaka