Detectives Investigate Robbery in Gaithersburg; Surveillance Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the January 9 robbery of a 43-year-old female that occurred in Gaithersburg.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

On January 9, at approximately 9:35 p.m., the victim and suspect were passengers on a Ride On bus and were involved in a verbal dispute while on the bus.  The victim exited the bus on Contour Road at Tunstall Drive and the suspect followed the victim off the bus.  Once off the bus, the suspect assaulted the victim, stole the victim’s purse, and fled on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or this robbery is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770. 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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suspect in Gaithersburg robbery.

suspect in Gaithersburg robbery.

suspect in Gaithersburg robbery.

Concern for Missing Germantown Man

Tu Minh Nguyen

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown man.

Tu Minh Nguyen, age 30, of Eagle View Way has been reported as missing by his family.

Nguyen is approximately 5’ 07” tall and weighs 150 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

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

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Tu Minh Nguyen is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

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Wheaton Man Charged After Leading Officers on a Pursuit in a Stolen Vehicle

Yeyson Alexis Salgado-Umana

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Yeyson Alexis Salgado-Umana, age 23, of the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton, for vehicle theft and assault offenses that occurred yesterday afternoon.  These charges are related to Salgado-Umana fleeing from 3rd District officers while he was operating a stolen vehicle and then later assaulting officers who pursued him on foot.

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday, January 26), at approximately 2:18, a 3rd District officer who was at the intersection of Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street in the Silver Spring area, observed a GMC Yukon that had been recently reported as stolen out of Gaithersburg.  Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver of the Yukon failed to stop for the officers and fled in the vehicle.   Officers pursued the stolen Yukon onto northbound New Hampshire Avenue, then onto Southampton Drive and then onto Beacon Road.  While on Beacon Road, the driver of the Yukon struck a marked police vehicle causing the cruiser to become disabled.  After the collision, the suspect fled on foot from the Yukon and officers continued to pursue him on foot.

Officers pursued the suspect on foot as he fled to the area of the Northwest Branch Anacostia River bed.  Officers caught up with the suspect as he fled along the river bed and attempted to place him under arrest.  The suspect assaulted multiple officers as they attempted to take him into custody.  Officers eventually placed the suspect under arrest and identified him as Salgado-Umana.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area and transported two 3rd District officers to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.  They were treated at the hospital and both officers were later released.

Fire and Rescue personnel also transported Salgado-Umana to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Salgado-Umana was subsequently released from the hospital and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with assault-related charges, resisting arrest, theft of a motor vehicle, and destruction of property.  Salgado-Umana is being held without bond.

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MCP cruiser damaged during pursuit of stolen GMC Yukon driven by Salgado-Umana

Where Stolen GMC Yukon was left after Salgado-Umana fled from the car on foot.

 

 

Detectives Investigate Serious Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision that occurred yesterday evening in Rockville.

On Friday, January 24 at approximately 9:56 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City Police Department officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Frederick Road (Route 355) between Shady Grove Road and Redland Road for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.

Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that a 2013 Honda Fit was traveling southbound on Frederick Road when for reasons still under investigation, the Fit crossed the center median and struck a 2012 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound on Frederick Road.

The driver of the Honda Fit, 34-year-old Fathi Hamadi Moudoud of Reserve Champion Drive in Rockville, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Honda Civic, 62-year-old Ali Reza Nassabeh was not injured in the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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United States Postal Service Employee Charged with Theft Offenses

Lorenzo E. Pugh

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Lorenzo E. Pugh, age 32, of the 5800 block of Cherrywood Lane in Greenbelt, with theft offenses related to Pugh stealing mailed property while working as a United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier in Silver Spring.

On January 2, 3rd District officers responded to the Bonanza Coins shop located at 940 Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring for the report of an individual attempting to sell two coins worth a total of $2,900.  The coin shop’s owner stated to police that the original owner of the coins had previously sent an email to local coin shops advising the shops to be on the lookout for these particular coins.  That email further stated that both coins had been recently sold and shipped to a buyer, but the buyer reported that he/she never received the coins.  The coins were then reported to the USPS as lost in the mail shipment.

During the investigation, 3rd District patrol officers determined that the individual who was attempting to sell the coins at the coin shop was not involved in the theft of the coins.  Further investigation by officers identified Pugh as the suspect who initially stole the coins and that Pugh worked as a USPS mail carrier with a delivery route in Silver Spring.

Third District patrol officers, working with USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agents interviewed Pugh regarding the stolen coins. During the interview, Pugh admitted to stealing the coins as well as stealing additional mailed property while on his delivery route.

Third District patrol officers and USPS special agents searched Pugh’s home and located multiple pieces of previously mailed property that Pugh had stolen while on his mail route.   Investigators have determined that Pugh stole the items while making deliveries on his mail route between March 2019 and January 2020.

Pugh was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with theft-related offenses, to include theft scheme: $1,500 to under $25,000.  Pugh was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

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