Two Suspects Charged in Montgomery Village Robbery; Police ask for Public’s Help to Identify Third Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section have arrested and charged Abraham William Assemian, age 19, of the 9500 block of Horizon Run Way in Montgomery Village, and Joshua Aaron Moore, age 19, of the 9300 block of Taverney Terrace in Gaithersburg, for robbery-related offenses for assaulting and stealing property from the 18-year-old male victim in Montgomery Village.  Today, detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the third suspect.

On Wednesday, December 19, at approximately 5:08 p.m., 6th District officers responded to a home on Walkers Choice Road for the report of a strong-arm robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that Assemian and Moore are known to the victim and that they had approached him near his Walkers Choice Road home.  Assemian, Moore, and the victim left the Walkers Choice Road area and were walking on Montgomery Village Avenue near Midcounty Highway when they were joined by the third suspect.  The victim, along with Assemian, Moore, and the third suspect, then entered a drainage tunnel that runs under Midcounty Highway.  Once all four had entered the tunnel, Assemian, Moore, and the third suspect assaulted the victim, stole property from him, and fled.  The victim sustained minor injuries during the assault and robbery.

On December 21, Assemian and Moore were each arrested on the strength of Montgomery County arrest warrants charging them both with robbery, theft: $100 to under $1,500, and second-degree assault.  Assemian and Moore are being held without bond.

Investigators continue to work to identify the third suspect in this robbery.  Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this robbery or who has knowledge of this robbery to contact 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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Detectives Investigate Multiple Shots Fired in Layhill Area Restaurant Parking Lot; Surveillance Photographs of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the discharge of a firearm during the early morning hours of December 1 in the parking lot of the Sole D’ Italia Restaurant in Layhill.  No victims were reported to having been struck by the gunfire.  Detectives have charged one suspect for his involvement in this incident and are releasing surveillance photographs of two additional suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On December 1, at approximately 2:04 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the parking lot of the Sole D’ Italia Restaurant located in the Layhill Shopping Center at 14318 Layhill Road for the report of multiple gunshots fired.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, security personnel had an altercation with 33-year-old Marcos Daniel Sequeira inside the restaurant.  After the altercation, Sequeira threatened security personnel and then left the restaurant.   Sequeira returned later that evening and entered the restaurant with the two additional suspects.  Sequeira and the two suspects remained in the restaurant until closing.

After exiting the restaurant, two security guards observed Sequeira and the two suspects enter a vehicle described as a black, Mercedes.  As the vehicle left the parking lot, the security guards and other witnesses heard multiple gunshots being fired from the vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen travelling southbound on Layhill Road. Officers located several spent shell casings in the parking lot area of the restaurant.

On December 3, detectives charged Sequeira of the 13400 block of Justice Road in Rockville with assault charges related to his involvement in this shooting.

Investigators continue to work to identify the two suspects who were with Sequeira.  Anyone with information regarding this shooting or the two suspects is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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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Update: Suspect Arrested for Inappropriate Touching of Child at Rockville Memorial Library

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Keelan M. Sternklar, age 26, of an unconfirmed address, for committing a third-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault against a five-year-old female on December 15 at the Rockville Memorial Library located at 21 Maryland Avenue.

On Saturday, December 15, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Rockville City Police officers responded to the Rockville Memorial Library for the report of a suspect who had pulled down the victim’s pants and inappropriately touched her while she was in the children’s section of the library. 

During the investigation, surveillance photographs of a person of interest were disseminated to law enforcement personnel within Montgomery County and then released to the media and public. 

On Thursday, December 20, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a Rockville City Police officer observed a male inside a coffee shop in Rockville (located approximately one block from the Rockville Memorial Library) who looked like the person of interest in this investigation.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., MCP officers arrested the male at a homeless shelter facility located at 16911 Crabbs Branch Way in Derwood and identified him as Sternklar.  During an interview with detectives, Sternklar stated that he was in the library during the time that the sexual offense occurred.

Sternklar was transported to the Central Processing Unit for processing.  Bond information is not yet available.

Thank you to the Rockville City Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

 

Note: Currently, the mugshot of Sternklar is available on the Department’s social media.  The mugshot will be added to this release at a later time.

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Update: Suspect Charged in Theft and Assault at Home Depot in Aspen Hill; Tipster Helped Close This Case

Luis Andres Portillo

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Luis Andres Portillo, age 29, of the 4100 block of Heathfield Road in Rockville, with armed robbery, assault, and theft offenses that he committed at the Home Depot in Aspen Hill.

On Sunday, December 2, at approximately 3:40 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Home Depot store located at 14000 Georgia Avenue for the report of a theft and an assault that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect stole a large spool of copper wire from the store and then concealed the spool near a tree line close to the store.  After concealing the wire, the suspect left to retrieve his vehicle which was parked nearby.  Two employees, one of whom had watched the suspect conceal the spool of wire, attempted to retrieve the spool while the suspect was gone.  The suspect returned, threatened the employees with a knife, and stated “that’s mine.”   The suspect loaded the stolen spool of wire into a black, Toyota RAV4 and fled the area.

On December 13, detectives released a surveillance photograph of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying him.  Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Portillo as the suspect.

On December 18, Portillo was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant charging him with one count of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, and one count of theft: $100 to under $1,500.  Portillo is currently being held without bond.

The tipster who called Crime Solvers and provided information about this case is eligible for a reward and is asked to contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) and provide his/her tip number.

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Original photo that was posted of the suspect who assaulted two employees and stole copper wire from an Aspen Hill Home Depot store.

Detectives Investigate Report of Inappropriate Touching of Child at Rockville Memorial Library

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the report of a man inappropriately touching a five-year-old girl at the Rockville Memorial Library.

The incident occurred at the Rockville Memorial Library located at 21 Maryland Avenue on Saturday, December 15, at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The suspect, described as a white male with a possible thin goatee and a medium build, approached the child in the children’s section of the library, pulled down the girl’s pants, and touched her inappropriately.  The child screamed and went and told her parents, who then called police.

Investigators reviewed library video surveillance and observed a possible suspect lingering in and around the children’s section for approximately thirty minutes before this incident occurred.

Anyone who was in the library on the date this incident occurred and observed any part of this incident or believes he/she may have information pertinent to this investigation is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5448.

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