Update: Suspect Charged with Committing Fourteen Vandalisms to Vehicles in Bethesda Area; Tipster Helped Solve this Case

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Louis Levin Arenstein, age 30, of the 8400 block of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, with fourteen counts of malicious destruction of property related to Arenstein committing vandalisms to parked vehicles in various neighborhoods in Bethesda during April, May, and June of 2020.

In April of 2020, 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit detectives began to investigate reports of vandalisms to parked vehicles that occurred during the early morning hours at homes in the Bethesda area.  Detectives continued to receive reports of this type of vandalism in May and one vandalism in June and believed that the same suspect was committing these vandalisms.  Detectives obtained home surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle, a white jeep, from two of these vandalisms.  In total, investigators identified fourteen vehicles that had been vandalized.

Investigators determined that during an incident of vandalism that the suspect committed during the overnight hours of May 4 into May 5, he left discarded trash from a McDonald’s restaurant inside the victim’s vandalized vehicle.  Detectives knew of a McDonald’s restaurant located on River Road near where this vandalism occurred and reviewed surveillance video from the McDonald’s drive-thru.  Detectives observed that at approximately 8:00 p.m. on May 4, a white jeep, which matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle, entered the McDonald’s drive-thru line.

On May 13, detectives released the home surveillance video of the suspect and his vehicle to the media and public and asked for the public’s help in identifying him.

Detectives received tips from residents that identified Arenstein as the suspect who committed the vandalisms. Investigators also identified Arenstein as the person who made the May 4 purchase at the McDonald’s on River Road.

On November 12, Arenstein was issued a District Court Summons charging him with the vandalisms.

The police department thanks the tipster(s) who provided the information that led to Arenstein’s identification.

**Note: a mugshot for Arenstein is not available because he was charged via District Court Summons **

Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision in Layhill Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred early this morning in the Layhill area.

At approximately 1:08 a.m., this morning (Sunday, November 22) 4th District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to Norbeck Road at Whitehaven Road for the report of a serious collision.

Preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that a 2006 Mazda6 was traveling west on Norbeck Road near Whitehaven Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the Mazda6 left the roadway and struck several trees.

The driver and sole occupant of the Mazda6 is identified as 23-year-old Stefano Jorge Fernandes of MacDowell Street in Rockville.  Fernandes was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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


(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Germantown Man with Down Syndrome

Joseph Daniel Moubarek

Update: November 21, 2020 – Joseph Moubarek 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 Germantown man.

Joseph Daniel Moubarek, age 23, was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m. yesterday, (Friday, November 20), when he left his Winding Creek Way home on foot.  Moubarek is familiar with public transportation and is known to frequent the Washington, D.C. area and the Prince George’s County area.

Moubarek is 5’ 1” tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds.  He has long black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Mourbarek’s welfare.

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

(LOCATED) Silver Alert Issued for Missing Gaithersburg Man with Dementia

Shankar N. Ghose

Update: November 21, 2020 – Mr. Ghose has been located safe and unharmed.  The Silver Alert has been canceled.

The Montgomery County Department of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Gaithersburg man who has dementia.  A Silver Alert has been activated for 82-year-old Shankar N. Ghose.

Mr. Ghose was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. yesterday evening (Friday, November 20) when he left his Cherrywood Terrace home driving his 2007 blue Honda CRV with Maryland tags: 08504M5.  Family reported that Mr. Ghose was expected to run a short errand to a nearby store and then immediately return home.  Family has been unable to contact Mr. Ghose since he left his home.

Mr. Ghose is approximately 5’ 02” tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Shankar N. Ghose’s whereabouts or anyone who sees his vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

Detectives Investigate Attempted Armed Robbery of Verizon Store in Derwood; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Suspects in Verizon store attempted armed robbery

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the November 17 attempted armed robbery of a Verizon store located in Derwood.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the robbery and of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Tuesday, November 17, at approximately 2:24 p.m., officers responded to the report of an attempted armed robbery at the Verizon store located at 1750 Muncaster Mill Road. The investigation by Major Crimes detectives has determined that two suspects entered the store, assaulted an employee, and implied that they were armed with guns.  The suspects demanded property from a back room of the store.  The suspects were unable to gain access to that room and fled without obtaining any property.   The employee who was assaulted was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  The suspects were last seen fleeing the area in a black 2020 Volkswagen R-Line four-door sedan.

Anyone with information about these suspects or this attempted robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app.  Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

2020 Volkswagen R-Line suspects fled in

2020 Volkswagen R-Line suspects fled in

2020 Volkswagen R-Line suspects fled in