Suspect Armed with Knife Assaults Store Employee After Committing a Shoplifting in Downtown Silver Spring

Dedric Owens

Montgomery County Department of Police officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Dedric Owens, age 21, of the 5700 block of 9th Street in Northwest, Washington, D.C., with theft and assault charges after he stole merchandise from a retail store in Downtown Silver Spring.  After the theft, Owens then used a knife to assault a store employee who had confronted him about stealing from the store.

On Thursday, September 5 at approximately 2 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Marshalls store located inside the Ellsworth Place mall at 8661 Colesville Road, for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred.   The investigation by officers determined that the suspect entered the Marshalls store and stole property.  As the suspect was attempting to leave the mall, a store loss prevention employee confronted the suspect.  The suspect pulled a knife from the backpack that he was carrying and threatened the employee.  A struggle between the suspect and the store employee then ensued over the knife.  During the struggle, the store employee was cut on the hand.  The suspect fled on foot from the mall after the employee had been cut on the hand. Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the mall and treated the employee at the scene for the cuts that he received to his hand.

Officers who were responding to the Marshalls observed the suspect running southbound on Georgia Avenue at Wayne Avenue.  Officers observed the suspect board a Ride On bus which was stopped in the 8400 block of Georgia Avenue.  Officers boarded the bus, identified the suspect as Owens, and placed him under arrest.

Owens was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, second-degree assault, and theft less than $100.  Owens was ordered to be held without bond.





Detectives Investigate Homicide in Germantown

Lawrence Edward Sakkestad
(Note: A current mugshot for Sakkestad is not available. This mugshot is from a prior arrest in 2016.)

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Lawrence Edward Sakkestad, age 34, of the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle, for a homicide that occurred last night in Germantown.

On Monday, September 9, at approximately 8:51 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a residence in the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

Officers who had responded to the call at Sakkestad’s residence observed that Sakkestad appeared to have been involved in an assault.  During a check for any additional victims inside the home, officers located a deceased adult female.   During the initial investigation, Sakkestad made statements indicating involvement in the homicide of the female.  Sakkestad was placed under arrest.  The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s cause of death.

Sakkestad was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree murder.  Sakkestad is being held without bond.

At this time, no further information is available.  Detectives are still working to identify the victim.  Her identity will be released once family has been notified.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.


Suspect Arrested and Charged for Attempted Carjacking in Silver Spring Area

Shaquana Kendricks

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Shaquana Kendricks, age 28, of the 4400 block of Green Rose Lane in Baltimore, for an attempted carjacking that occurred in the Silver Spring area on September 4.

On Wednesday, September 4 at approximately 4:45 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of an attempted carjacking that had just occurred.  The investigation by detectives determined that the adult female victim had parked her car in the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue and had exited her vehicle when the suspect approached her.  The suspect demanded the victim’s car keys and then assaulted the victim.  During the assault, the suspect stole the victim’s car keys.   While the assault continued, the victim managed to enter her car and hold the car’s doors shut, which prevented the suspect from entering the vehicle.   Once inside her car, the victim called 9-1-1.   The suspect then fled the area on foot.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded and treated the victim at the scene for her injuries.

Officers who had responded for the attempted carjacking located the suspect at a bus stop on Georgia Avenue at Seminary Road.   Upon seeing the officers, the suspect fled on foot northbound onto Georgia Avenue and into traffic.  Officers pursued the suspect on foot and eventually apprehended her in the 9500 block of Georgia Avenue.  The suspect was subsequently identified as Kendricks.

Kendricks was arrested and transported to MCP headquarters where she was interviewed by detectives.  During the police interview, Kendricks made admissions of guilt.   Kendricks was transported to the Central Processing Unit where she was charged with one count of an attempted carjacking.  Kendricks is being held without bond.


Detectives Investigate Burglary to Islamic Center in Burtonsville; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed a burglary at an Islamic center in Burtonsville.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the August 12 burglary of the Idara Jaferia Islamic Center located at 3140 Spencerville Road in Burtonsville.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that on August 12 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a building caretaker for the Idara Jaferia Islamic Center was checking on the building when he discovered that the donation locker inside the building had been broken into.  A review of the center’s surveillance video revealed that at approximately 7:45 p.m. that evening, the male suspect entered the building by using a ladder to climb into an open second-floor window.  Once inside the center, the suspect pried open the donation locker, stole currency, and fled.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Virginia Man Charged with Rape; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Oluwakayode Adewole Adebusuyi

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Oluwakayode Adewole Adebusuyi, age 26, of the 3300 block of Willow Crescent Drive in Fairfax, Virginia, with the second-degree rape, assault, and false imprisonment of a 28-year-old female that occurred in Silver Spring.

On August 24 at approximately 11:46 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the 6900 block of Clarendon Road in Bethesda for the report of a female crying in the middle of the road.  The female stated to arriving officers that she had been raped.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening the victim had been at a bar in Silver Spring when she began to feel nauseous.   The victim told detectives that the suspect, who was also in the bar and who has a mutual friend with the victim, had offered to let her sleep in his Toyota sedan which was parked outside.  The victim accepted the suspect’s offer and she fell asleep in his car.  After falling asleep in the Toyota, the victim was eventually awoken when the suspect entered the car and began raping her.   After the rape, the suspect drove his car out of the area with the victim still inside.  The victim repeatedly asked the suspect to let her out of his car, but the suspect refused.   The victim eventually exited the Toyota while the car was on Clarendon Road.  Once outside of the suspect’s car, the victim screamed for help and the suspect fled the area in his vehicle.  Nearby residents who had heard the victim’s call for help contacted police.

During the investigation, detectives identified Adebusuyi as the suspect.  On August 27, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Adebusuyi charging him with rape, assault, and false imprisonment.

On August 31, Adebusuyi was arrested in Fairfax, Virginia on the strength of the Montgomery County warrant.  He is currently incarcerated in Fairfax, Virginia, pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Adebusuyi has recently worked for various ride-share companies within the area.  Due to the nature of Adebusuyi’s employment, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims of Adebusuyi.  Anyone who believes that he/she was a victim or has any information about a victim is urged to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.