Detectives Investigate Robbery of Two Juveniles Inside Mall in Downtown Silver Spring; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the October 2 robbery of two juvenile females that occurred inside the Ellsworth Place mall in downtown Silver Spring.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the six female suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Wednesday, October 2, at approximately 3:23 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Ellsworth Place mall located at 8661 Colesville Road for the report of a robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that a 16-year old female and a 17-year-old female were inside a fourth-floor mall restroom when they were confronted by the six suspects.  The suspects began to assault the two victims and when the victims attempted to exit the bathroom, the suspects continued the assault and stole property from the victims. The suspects then fled from the mall.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this robbery is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. 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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Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Westfield Wheaton Mall Assault Suspect; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Surveillance photograph of suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the October 1 assault of three female employees who were working inside a store located inside the Westfield Wheaton Mall.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Tuesday, October 1, three adult female employees were working at the Brow Art 23 salon located inside the Westfield Wheaton mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.  The suspect entered the store and began a conversation with two of the employees at the front counter.  During the interaction, the suspect forced the two victims into a rear storage area of the store where the third victim was working.  The three victims struggled with the suspect and were eventually able to flee from the store.   The suspect fled from the mall prior to responding officers’ arrival.

The suspect is described as an African American male who is approximately 6-foot tall with a medium build.  He has dark skin and a full beard and mustache.  The suspect was last seen wearing a black ball cap with a white skull printed on it, a black jacket over a white shirt, black jogger pants, and gray shoes.  The suspect was also carrying a pair of brown shoes.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

Officers Investigating Theft and Assault of Four Victims at Westfield Wheaton Mall; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

The 4th District Patrol Investigation Unit is investigating a theft and the assault of four victims committed by three suspects at the Westfield Wheaton Mall that occurred on Monday, September 23.  Today, the Police Department is releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and is asking anyone with information about the suspects or this crime to come forward to police.

At approximately 12:42 p.m. on September 23, 4th District officers were called to the Westfield Wheaton mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road for the report of a theft that had occurred earlier at the Target store.  When the officers arrived, they were notified by security personnel that there was a disturbance at the opposite end of the mall.  Officers then responded to the disturbance and would later determine that the suspects who had committed the earlier theft at Target were the same suspects involved in this incident.

Investigation revealed that after the suspects committed the theft at Target, they attempted to steal items from the Wheaton Beauty Supply store.  When the owner confronted the suspects, two of the suspects began punching him.  The suspects then began to assault (punch and kick) the owner’s friend who had come to his aid and pepper sprayed both he and the friend.

A witness, seeing what was occurring, attempted to take a photo of the suspects with her cellular phone and tried to call police.  One of the suspects grabbed her phone and smashed it on the ground.  The two other suspects then began to assault (punch and kick) the witness.

The fourth assault victim was in his vehicle outside of the mall and observed the suspects assaulting the third victim. As this victim attempted to take a video of the assault with his cellular phone, he was pepper sprayed.  The suspect then pepper sprayed the third victim.

The three suspects fled toward the Wheaton Metro.

Officers confirmed that the three suspects had stolen items from the Target store earlier that day.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the mall and provided medical treatment for the victims.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes or the suspects involved is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigation Unit at 240-773-5476.  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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Two Suspects in Germantown Carjacking Arrested in North Carolina

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kenneth Darnell Davis, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, with carjacking and assault offenses for the September 6th carjacking that occurred in front of a convenience store in Germantown.   Detectives have also charged 16-year-old Kimberly Morales of Montgomery Village as an adult with carjacking and assault offenses related to this incident.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Friday, September 6th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the adult male victim parked his vehicle in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 19700 Frederick Road.  After parking, the victim left his vehicle unlocked and running while he entered the store to make a purchase.  While standing in line for the registers, the victim observed a male suspect enter the driver’s side of his vehicle and a female suspect enter the rear seat area of his vehicle.   After seeing this, the victim ran outside, opened the passenger door to his vehicle and attempted to remove the suspects.  After being confronted by the victim, the male suspect who was in the driver’s seat of the victim’s car backed the vehicle out the parking space at a high rate of speed.  The victim was struck by the open passenger-side door of his car and thrown to the pavement as the suspect back out of the parking space and fled in the victim’s car from the area.    Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 7-Eleven and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

During the initial investigation, detectives entered the victim’s vehicle into a national law enforcement database as being stolen from Montgomery County.   The next morning (Saturday, September 7th), at approximately 10:06 a.m., MCP detectives were contacted by officers from the Hope Mills Police Department in North Carolina who stated that they had located the carjacked vehicle from Montgomery County at a convenience store in Hope Mills.   The Hope Mills officers further stated that a male and female suspect, now identified as Kenneth Davis and Kimberly Morales, were found in the stolen car and were now in custody.   Further investigation by MCP detectives determined that Davis and Morales were the same suspects who committed the September 6th carjacking in Germantown.

MCP detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis charging him with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  MCP detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Morales, charging her as an adult with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  Davis and Morales remain in custody in North Carolina pending extradition to Montgomery County.

**Note a mugshot of Davis is not yet available and a mugshot of Morales will not be released due to her age**

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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.

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