Detectives Investigate Robbery and Shooting in Silver Spring; One Suspect Arrested

This morning at approximately 1:36 a.m., 3rd District police officers responded to a residence in the 9300 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring for the report of an armed robbery and shooting.

Officers located a 51-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his leg outside of the home and began to administer first aid.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation by detectives has determined that a family had just arrived at their residence on New Hampshire Avenue from a Washington, D.C. convenience store that they own.  The 51-year-old son was driving in one vehicle and the 53-year-old daughter and 77-year-old mother were in another vehicle.  As the mother and her daughter exited their car, they were confronted by two African American male suspects, both armed with handguns.  A struggle ensued between the two suspects and the two females.  The male victim came to the aid of his mother and sister and he was pushed to the ground and shot in the leg.  The suspects stole the females’ purses (which contained cash proceeds from the business and personal property) and fled in a black Nissan Sentra.

Due to the close proximity of the robbery to Washington, D.C. and Takoma Park and the possibility that the suspects may have fled in their vehicle to those jurisdictions, the Department informed the two police departments of the suspects’ physical and vehicle descriptions.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers located a black Nissan Sentra driving on New Hampshire Avenue in the area of Eastern Avenue in Washington, D.C., occupied by two individuals matching the description of the robbery suspects. MPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle.  Both suspects fled from the car.  One of the suspects was apprehended by Metropolitan Police officers.  The other suspect has not been apprehended.

The arrested suspect has been identified as Marlo Jenard Johnson, age 25, of an unconfirmed address.  He is in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department and will be charged with three counts of armed robbery and three counts of first-degree assault by the Montgomery County Police Department via an arrest warrant.

Detectives believe that the victims were targeted by the suspects – that the suspects had knowledge that the victims own a business and that the victims may have had business proceeds in their possession at that time.

Anyone who has information about this robbery is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Officers Respond to Call for Man with Knife Acting Erratically at Germantown Store; Suspect Arrested

On Sunday, October 1 at approximately 4:31 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a employee at the Michaels store located at 20902 Frederick Road in Germantown.  The caller stated that a man wearing a costume was acting “strange” in the store.

Officers arrived at the store and was met by the manager, who stated that she had seen a male wearing what she believed to be a dog costume, walking repeatedly in and out of the store; she said he seemed disoriented and possibly had a knife in his possession.

Officers began to attempt to locate the male in the business.  While they were doing so, numerous customers and the manager informed the officers that the male was now in the rear of the store, carrying a knife and causing a disturbance.  Witnesses were able to provide a description of the male and said that he had removed the costume he was previously wearing.

The suspect was found in the back of the store by an officer.  His hand was drawn in a fist and he was holding a fold-out knife.  The officer began to give commands to the male to put the approximately four-inch knife down.  The male did not comply and began advancing on the officer.  The officer drew his firearm and created distance but the male disregarded numerous commands and continued to move closer to the officer.  The suspect then turned down an aisle in the direction of the store exit and in the path of customers.  At that time, a second officer was able to tase the suspect and the suspect, actively fighting, was placed into custody.

The suspect, identified as Ludwin Joel Godoy-Mantar, age 26, of an unconfirmed address, was transported to the hospital by Fire &Rescue personnel for a mental health evaluation.  While in the hospital, he remained in the custody of the Montgomery County Police Department.  Once medically released from the hospital on Tuesday, October 3, Godoy-Mantar was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with crimes to include reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.  Godoy-Mantar is being held without bond.

Ludwin Joel Godoy-Mantar


Officers Encounter Suspect Armed with a Gun after Responding to a Disorderly/Noise Complaint

David Leroy Bruce

Yesterday, August 29 at approximately 8:13 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 3300 block of Parkford Manor Terrace for a disorderly/noise complaint in progress.

Once on scene, responding officers could hear that the volume of the television was set at a very high level. Officers verbally announced their presence toward an open balcony door but got no response. They could see that someone was inside. One of the three officers, all in full uniform, then knocked on the front door and again announced that they were police. When the door slowly opened, a handgun was pointed directly at the officer while the suspect attempted to conceal himself behind the door.

The officers took cover and continued to shout commands to drop the gun. The suspect came out to his balcony and maintained control of the gun for several minutes as officers continued to give clear verbal commands to drop the weapon. Eventually the suspect dropped his gun but officers could not be certain if he would pick it back up or if he had any other weapons on him.

After backup officers arrived, the officers forced entry into the apartment and the suspect followed their commands to leave the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident.

Responding detectives from the Firearms Investigations Unit recovered a handgun loaded with six .32-caliber rounds that the suspect had pointed at the officer. Additional firearms were located and seized. A surveillance camera monitor was observed inside the apartment which could make it possible for the suspect to observe officers approach prior to them knocking on the front door.

David Leroy Bruce, age 59, of the above block address, was charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime. Bond Information is not yet available.

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Suspect Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Attempted Rape

Jeffrey Michael Uy

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Jeffrey Michael Uy, age 22, of Tall Pine Lane in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, with the assault and attempted second-degree rape of a 24-year-old female.  Uy committed these offenses yesterday afternoon in a Gaithersburg area park.  Detectives are concerned that Uy may have assaulted additional victims.  Anyone with information regarding Uy or a victim is urged to call the police 24-hour non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

On Monday, August 14 at approximately 10:42 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for the report of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park located near Frederick Road and Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg.

The investigation by officers revealed that the victim had been walking her dog on a trail in the park when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect started to talk to her about her dog and then asked her twice to have sex.  When the victim refused, the suspect then grabbed her by her arms and attempted to restrain her.  The victim freed herself from the suspect’s grasp and fled on foot into the park with the suspect chasing her.  Once the victim determined that the suspect was no longer behind her, she immediately called 9-1-1.

6th District officers responded to the park and as they spoke to the victim, she observed the suspect walking on a nearby trail and pointed him out to the officers.  Officers stopped the suspect and identified him as Uy.

During a police interview, Uy admitted to grabbing the victim and stated to investigators that he intended to have sex with her. Uy further told detectives that he went to the park for the specific purposes of finding someone with whom to engage in sexual intercourse.  Uy further said that he did not care if the victim refused his requests and that he was going to have intercourse with her regardless.

Uy was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault.  He was ordered to be held without bond.

Montgomery County Police offer the following safety tips when recreating in the parks:

  • Notify family and/or friends of your plans – where you will be and what time that you expect to return.
  • Know the name and location of the park/facility that you are using
  • Always carry a cell phone with you and ensure that it is fully charged
  • Should you need emergency services, knowing your exact location at all times will help rescue personnel locate you quicker
  • Be observant and aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Avoid poorly lit or desolate areas
  • If you feel uncomfortable in someone’s presence, trust your feelings and take measures to distance yourself from him or her


Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Assault in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section are investigating the hate-based assault of an adult male that occurred yesterday afternoon in Rockville.

On Sunday, August 13 at approximately 3:53 p.m., 1st District officers responded to the report of an assault.

The investigation by detectives has revealed that at approximately 2:15 p.m., the victim was walking with his wife on the sidewalk of Rollins Avenue near East Jefferson Street.  The victim stated to detectives that he and his wife were conversing in Arabic and walked past a male standing on the sidewalk.   The victim stated that the suspect made derogatory remarks to the couple regarding Muslims.  The suspect then threatened the victim and assaulted him.  The suspect fled from the area on foot toward Rockville Pike and the victims reported the assault to the police.  The victim suffered minor injuries during the assault and declined medical treatment.  No weapon was used during the assault.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 37 to 43 years old, 5’10” tall, and with a muscular build.  He was wearing a black vest over a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.   Callers may remain anonymous.