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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Detectives Investigate Theft and Assault at Home Depot in Aspen Hill; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who assaulted two employees and stole copper wire from a Wheaton Home Depot store.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a theft and the assault of two employees of a Home Depot store that occurred in Aspen Hill.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

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 reveled 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.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this theft and first-degree assault is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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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Suspect Armed with Knife Arrested at Gaithersburg Restaurant; Investigators Seek Additional Witnesses

Adonias Gomez

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 6th District have arrested and charged Adonias Gomez, age 61, of the 100 block of Girard Street in Gaithersburg, with first-degree assault and disorderly conduct after he was observed brandishing a knife at customers inside of a Wendy’s restaurant in Gaithersburg.

On Monday, December 3 at approximately 4:52 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the Wendy’s restaurant located at 18350 Contour Road for the report of a subject who was armed with a knife and threatening customers.

Responding officers observed Gomez outside of the Wendy’s drive-thru area holding a large knife with blood on it in his hand.  Gomez refused to comply with all the orders given by the officers.  Officers deployed a Taser and Gomez was taken into custody.

Gomez was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and endangering the public safety while being intoxicated. Gomez is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Officers interviewed employees and patrons who were inside the Wendy’s when Gomez entered the restaurant armed with a knife.  Gomez was observed by restaurant employees chasing and threatening a patron, who is described as a high-school aged African American male.  Officers have been unable to identify this witness.  Officers are asking for that witness and anyone else who may have been threatened by Gomez or who may have witnessed this event to contact 6th District officers at 240-773-5770.

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photograph of knife that Gomez was holding

Detectives Investigate Theft and First-Degree Assault; Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Suspect

Detectives from the 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate a theft and first-degree assault of an employee that occurred at a grocery store in Rockville.  Today, investigators are releasing photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On October 17 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a loss prevention employee at the Safeway store located at 1800 Rockville Pike observed a suspect take items from a store shelf and place the items in his book bag.  As the suspect left the store without paying for the items, the employee confronted the suspect.  During the exchange, the suspect produced a knife from a rear pant pocket and pointed it at the employee’s chest.  The suspect fled from the store and boarded a Metro train at the Twinbrook Metro Station.

Anyone with information about this theft and first-degree assault and/or the suspect involved is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.  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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Suspect at metro station

 

 

Suspect at store

Suspect at store

Suspect at store