Officers Locate Three Guns in Vehicle During Stop; One Occupant Charged with Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section and officers from the 5th District Community Action Team (DCAT) have arrested and charged the following suspects with firearm and assault-related charges following a traffic stop in Germantown:

  • Jordan Becraft, age 20, of the 13300 block of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown.
  • Joseph E. Pinto, age 22, of the 900 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.
  • Damarco Morrow, age 19, of the 1300 block of Missouri Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.
  • Lynden S. Lawson, age 19, of the 13300 block of Waterside Circle in Germantown.

Pinto has also been charged with firearm and assault-related offenses for his involvement in a June 6 shooting during which shots were fired into an occupied home in Germantown.

On Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 9:45 a.m., 5th District officers responded to a home in the 13500 block of Demetrias Way for the report of several shots that had been fired into a residence.  Responding officers determined that the home was occupied but no residents had been injured by the shots.  Witnesses reported to police that they had observed a suspect shoot into the residence and then enter a white Toyota Scion driven by another suspect.  The vehicle fled from the area.  MCP officers were provided with a description of the suspects’ vehicle.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. that same evening, 5th DCAT officers observed a white Scion parked at a gas station located in the 19700 block of Germantown Road in Germantown.   Officers in unmarked police vehicles began following the car as it exited the gas station onto Germantown Road.  Near the intersection of Century Boulevard and Town Commons Drive, an officer driving directly behind the Scion reported to other officers that a rear seat passenger was pointing a green laser through the rear windshield directly at him.

DCAT officers in marked and unmarked police vehicles initiated a traffic stop on the Scion at Locbury Drive and Club Hill Drive in Germantown.  During the traffic stop:

  • Becraft was identified as the driver.
  • Lawson was identified as the front seat passenger.
  • Pinto and Morrow were identified as rear seat passengers.
  • Officers observed a loaded, .45 caliber handgun lying on the Scion’s rear passenger floorboard area near where Morrow had been sitting.
  • Officers further located a loaded, 9mm handgun that had been concealed in a tool bag that was in the rear center area of the vehicle.
  • Officers noted that the 9mm handgun had a green laser sight and determined that this firearm had been pointed at the officer who had been following the Scion.
  • Officers located an additional loaded .40 caliber handgun under the front passenger seat.

Becraft, Pinto, Morrow, and Lawson were arrested and transported to the 5th District station.

During a police interview with 5th District detectives, Pinto made statements as to his involvement in the earlier shooting that had occurred on Demetrias Way.  The investigation by detectives determined that Pinto was the suspect who had fired multiple shots into the Demetrias Way home.  This shooting remains under investigation.

Becraft, Pinto, Morrow, and Lawson were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Morrow and Lawson were charged with firearm-related offenses as a result of the traffic stop in Germantown.  Pinto was charged with firearm and assault-related offenses related to the traffic stop in Germantown and related to the shooting that had occurred on Demetrias Way.  He was further charged with assault-related charges after it was determined that he was the suspect who had pointed the handgun with the laser sight through the rear windshield of the Scion and at the officer.

Morrow and Lawson were both released after posting a $5,000 bond.  Becraft was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Pinto is currently being held without bond.

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Joseph Pinto

Jordan Becraft

Lynden S. Lawson

Damarco Morrow

Inmate Charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder of Correctional Officer

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section have charged Edgar Alfonso Borrera, age 26, currently incarcerated at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) located at 22880 Whelan Lane in Boyds, with the attempted first-degree murder of a correctional officer.

On Sunday, May 6, at approximately 4:58 a.m., a MCCF correctional officer was assaulted by Borrera on an upper tier of the facility in front of the cells.  Borrera repeatedly punched and struck the victim about his face and upper body with a weapon fashioned from hard plastic and a milk carton.  After the assault, another inmate rendered aid to the victim and attempted to contain Borrera by grabbing him.  Other correctional officers responded to assist the victim.

The victim was transported to a hospital with multiple injuries to include fractured bones in his face and lacerations to his forehead.

Detectives located the weapon used by Borrera during the assault and seized it as evidence.

Borrera has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault of a correctional officer.  He is currently incarcerated on unrelated criminal charges.

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Edgar Borrera

Update: Three Suspects Charged for Assault of Ride On Bus Driver – Crime Solvers Tipsters Helped Close This Case

Shauntrice Lorea Jackson

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section have charged Shauntrice Lorea Jackson, age 20, of the 25100 block of Angela Court in Damascus, Chassadee Monique Martin, age 18, of the 11100 block of  Hillside Drive in Kensington, and a 17-year-old male juvenile from the Rockville area, with the March 7 assault and pepper spraying of a Ride On bus driver that occurred in the North Bethesda area.   

The investigation determined that the three suspects boarded the Ride On bus in the area of Nicholson Lane and Nicholson Court in Bethesda.  The driver reported that during the bus ride, the suspects were disorderly and disturbing the other passengers.  The driver asked the suspects to stop but the suspects ignored him and continued being disruptive.  The driver stopped the bus on Westlake Drive near Arizona Circle and told the suspects to exit the bus.  As they exited, one suspect, now identified as Jackson, spit on the driver.  As the driver exited the bus he was immediately assaulted and pepper sprayed by Jackson.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the bus’ location and transported the driver to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

On March 19, detectives released photographs of the three suspects and asked for the public’s help in identifying them. Detectives received Crime Solvers tips and were able to identify Jackson, Martin, and the juvenile male as the three suspects.

On April 9, detectives served a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging Jackson with assault-related offenses, disorderly conduct, failure to pay bus fare, refusal to leave the bus, disruptive behavior at a public facility, and interfering with the operations of a public passenger vehicle.  Jackson was released after posting a $3,500 bond.

On April 5, a District Court Summons was issued for Martin charging her with disorderly conduct, refusal to leave the bus, disruptive behavior at a public facility, and interfering with the operations of a public passenger vehicle.

The 17-year-old male suspect was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault, refusal to leave the bus, disruptive behavior at a public facility, and interfering with the operations of a public passenger vehicle.  He was released to the custody of his parents.

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

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** Note: a photo for Martin and the 17-year-old male juvenile is not available**

 

Detectives Investigate Assault of Ride On Bus Driver; Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the March 7 assault and pepper spraying of a Ride On bus driver that occurred in the North Bethesda area.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation determined that the three suspects boarded the Ride On bus in the area of Nicholson Lane and Nicholson Court in Bethesda.  The driver reported that during the bus ride, the suspects were disorderly and disturbing the other passengers.  The driver asked the suspects to stop but the suspects ignored him and continued being disruptive.  The driver stopped the bus on Westlake Drive near Arizona Circle and told the suspects to exit the bus.  As they exited, one suspect spit on the driver.  The driver exited the bus and was immediately assaulted, and pepper sprayed by one of the suspects.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the bus’ location and transported the driver to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or who has information about this assault is urged to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Suspect #1 in Ride On bus driver assault

Rear view of Suspect #1 in Ride On bus driver assault

Rear view of suspect #2 in Ride On bus driver assault

Suspect #2 in Ride On bus driver assault

Update: Wanted Armed Robbery and Assault Suspect Arrested

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section have located and arrested Damien Jared Fox, Jr., age 16, of an unconfirmed address.  Fox was wanted for the shooting of a 17-year-old male that occurred on February 26 in the 13900 block of Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.  

On Monday, February 26 at approximately 8:50 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Station located at 13900 Old Columbia Pike for the report of a 17-year-old male who walked into the fire station and reported that he had been shot.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation by detectives determined that the victim, a student at Paint Branch High School had been at the high school, located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike.  At some point in the morning, the victim left the school and went to visit friends who were outside of a residence in the 13900 block of Old Columbia Pike.  Fox, whom the victim knew, was also outside of that residence.  Fox repeatedly demanded the victim’s cell phone but the victim refused.  The victim began walking back to the school when he heard a gunshot and realized that Fox had shot him.  The victim’s friends walked him to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Station located at 13900 Old Columbia Pike to seek medical treatment for his gunshot wound.  Fox fled the area prior to police arriving.

On March 1, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Fox charging him as an adult with first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery, and the use of a handgun during a crime of violence.

On March 9, detectives released information to the media and public and asked for help in locating Fox. 

Today (March 12), investigators located Fox at a family member’s home in the 4200 block of Tazewell Terrace in Silver Spring.   Fox was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant and transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Bond information for Fox is not yet available.

**Note: a photo for Fox is not available due to his age**

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