Detectives Conducting Death Investigation Following Forest Glen House Fire

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division and Fire Explosive Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are conducting a death investigation following a house fire that occurred early this morning in Forest Glen.

On Thursday, April 18 at approximately 6:36 a.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a house fire in the 2300 block of Dexter Avenue.

Fire and Rescue Service personnel located an adult male inside the residence suffering from life-threatening injuries.  The male, identified as the resident of the home, Warren Baugh III, age 43, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, there is no foul play suspected in Baugh III’s death.


April 11 Pedestrian Collision in Rockville Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a now-fatal pedestrian collision that occurred on Thursday, April 11 in Rockville. The pedestrian, identified as Huo K Li, age 83, of the 11400 block of Duryea Drive in Potomac, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Yesterday (Wednesday, April 17), Li succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

On Thursday, April 11 at approximately 2:24 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City Police Department officers, and fire and rescue personnel responded to the parking lot of 650 Hungerford Drive for the report of a serious collision involving a pedestrian.

The preliminary investigation by officers revealed that a 2017 Audi Q5 was exiting the parking lot of 650 Hungerford Drive when for reasons still under investigation, the Audi Q5 collided with Li.

The driver of the Audi Q5, identified as Christina Kueichih Lin, age 52, of the 500 block of Longhorn Crescent in Derwood, was not injured in the collision.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Asia Monet Prather

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

Asia Monet Prather, age 18, was last seen by family at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 when she left her Tilford Court home as a passenger in a white, Toyota sedan with Maryland temporary tags. Family has been unable to contact her since that time.

Prather is described as an African-American female, 5’ 2” tall, and weighing 134 pounds.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.  Prather was last seen wearing a black jacket over a multi-color shirt and black leggings.

Prather’s family reports that she functions at a middle-school level, and police and family members are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Asia Monet Prather is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).


Son Charged with Abuse of 85-Year-Old Father

George McGrath IV

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit have charged George McGrath IV, age 55, of the 3000 block of Regina Drive in Silver Spring, with causing abuse to his 85-year-old father.

On Monday, April 15, detectives were contacted by Montgomery County Adult Protective Services (APS) about possible elder abuse that had occurred a week prior.  Investigators responded to a local hospital and met with the victim while he was being treated for injuries.

The investigation by detectives determined that McGrath IV is the primary caretaker for the victim and that several days prior, McGrath IV had assaulted the victim multiple times while the two were in the victim’s home.  During the assault, the victim sustained a head injury and was bleeding.  McGrath IV made no attempt to summon medical aid for the victim.

The investigation further determined that a few days after the assault had occurred, friends who were concerned for the victim had responded to his home to check on him.  The friends stated to detectives that they observed a cut on the victim’s head and that he had extensive bruising about his arms and head.  The victim told the friends that McGrath IV had assaulted him a few days prior.  The victim’s friends immediately took the victim to a local hospital for treatment.  The victim’s friends further reported to detectives that they observed that the interior of the victim’s home was not being maintained and that there was minimal food in the refrigerator.

On Tuesday, April 16, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for McGrath IV, charging him with one count of vulnerable adult abuse of a family member, reckless endangerment, and second-degree assault.  McGrath IV was arrested that same day and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was released after posting a $5,000 bond.


Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery in Bethesda; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed a home invasion robbery in Bethesda.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the March 30 robbery that occurred inside a home in Bethesda. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, March 30 at approximately 4:46 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 6800 block of Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, the adult female victim had been out with friends in the downtown Bethesda area when she ordered a ridesharing service back to her residence.  The suspect arrived at the victim’s location and the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle believing that he was the driver for the rideshare that she had ordered.  The suspect drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment.  The victim stated to detectives that she told the driver that she had paid for the rideshare through the rideshare’s app and that she did not owe the driver additional money.  The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator.  While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse.   The suspect then followed the victim off the elevator and into her apartment.   Once in the victim’s apartment, the suspect stole property and then fled.

Further investigation by detectives determined that the suspect did not work for any ridesharing companies.

Detectives urge anyone with information about the suspect or this home invasion robbery to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).