Two Suspects Charged with Rockville Armed Carjacking

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division have charged Michael Castillo Guzman, age 26, currently incarcerated at a facility in Snow Hill, Maryland, and Juan Angel Madrid, age 25, of Gruenther Avenue in Rockville, with the armed carjacking of a 19-year-old male in Rockville.

The investigation by detectives determined that on September 16 at approximately 8:35 p.m., the 19-year-old victim was in the parking lot of an apartment building located in the 12600 block of Veirs Mill Road when he was approached by two males, later identified as Guzman and Madrid.  Guzman attempted to search the victim’s pant pockets and then pointed a handgun at the victim’s head.  The victim began to run away and Guzman and Madrid drove off in the victim’s vehicle (which was nearby and running).  The victim then called 911.

Officers responded to the parking lot and the vehicle’s description was broadcast to officers via the police radio.  At approximately 8:44 p.m., MCP and Rockville City officers observed the stolen vehicle in the area of Route 355 and Park Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle did not stop and continued to the area of North Van Buren Street and West Middle Lane.  At that intersection, the vehicle stopped and two suspects (Guzman and Madrid) ran from the vehicle.  A third suspect did not run and was arrested.

Based on their investigation, detectives determined that the third suspect had not been involved in the carjacking and he was released from custody without charges.

Investigators received a tip from the public that led to the identification of Guzman and Madrid as the two carjacking suspects.  Madrid was arrested by MCP officers on September 25 on the strength of an arrest warrant and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He is being held without bond.  Guzman is currently being held at a correctional facility in Snow Hill, Maryland, on charges unrelated to this investigation.

Michael Guzman

Juan Madrid

Detectives Investigate Assault and Attempted Carjacking in Downtown Silver Spring; Surveillance Photos of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Major Crimes Division are investigating an October 7 assault of a 28-year-old male and the attempted carjacking of his vehicle that was committed by three male suspects and occurred in downtown Silver Spring.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of two of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 8:49 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, the victim had exited his car, which was parked in the 8700 block of Cameron Street, when the three suspects approached him.  One suspect assaulted the victim and stole his property, to include car keys.  The suspects entered the victim’s vehicle and attempted to steal it.  However, they were unsuccessful because they did not know how to drive a manual car (stick shift).  The suspects then fled the area on foot.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this attempted armed carjacking 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) or submit a Crime Solvers tip online or via the app.  Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Suspects #1 and #2 in Silver Spring assault and attempted carjacking

Suspects #2 in Silver Spring assault and attempted carjacking

Detectives Investigate Assault and Attempted Armed Carjacking in Silver Spring Area; Composite of Suspect Released

Composite sketch of suspect who was armed with a handgun and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the Silver Spring area.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the September 17 assault of a 46-year-old female and the attempted armed carjacking of her vehicle that was committed by two male suspects and occurred in the Silver Spring area.  Today, investigators are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect who was armed with a handgun and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on September 17, the victim had just entered her car, which was parked in the 600 block of University Boulevard East, when the two suspects approached her and forcibly entered her vehicle.  One suspect assaulted the victim while the second suspect displayed a handgun.  The suspects stole the victim’s car keys and attempted to flee in the victim’s vehicle while she was still in her car.   The suspects stole property from the victim and fled on foot from her vehicle when they noticed residents approaching the victim’s vehicle.  Both suspects were last seen fleeing in a white Toyota 4-door vehicle which was parked nearby.

The suspect who displayed the gun is described as an approximately 30 to 35-year-old African American male who is approximately 5’ 7” tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds. (see composite sketch)

The suspect who assaulted the victim is described as an African American male in his 40s who is approximately 5’ 9” tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this attempted armed carjacking 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).   Tips may also be submitted online.

Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Suspect Charged with Vehicle Theft and Handgun Possession in Gaithersburg During Carjacking Investigation

Marquel Addison

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Marquel Addison, age 25, of the 6600 block of Carriage Walk Circle in Gaithersburg, with vehicle theft and handgun-related offenses following a September 30 armed carjacking investigation that occurred in Gaithersburg.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Wednesday, September 30, at approximately 2:40 p.m., the adult male victim parked his vehicle on Travis Drive in Gaithersburg and left the area on foot.  Approximately twenty minutes later, the victim returned to his vehicle and was confronted by a suspect who was armed with a knife.  The suspect demanded the victim’s vehicle and the victim complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspect then fled the area in the victim’s vehicle.

During the initial investigation, officers entered the victim’s vehicle into a national law enforcement database as being stolen from Montgomery County.   At approximately 5:45 p.m., a 5th District officer observed the victim’s stolen vehicle being driven in the area of Middlebrook Road and Frederick Road in Germantown.  Officers followed the victim’s car and conducted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle on Chesley Knoll Drive in Gaithersburg.   The driver and sole occupant of the victim’s vehicle provided officers with a false name.  Officers eventually identified the driver as Addison and arrested him.  During a search of Addison, officers located a loaded .22 caliber handgun on him. Addison was determined to be prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous criminal conviction.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Addison was not the suspect who committed the armed carjacking.

Addison was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and possession of a handgun by a prohibited person.  Addison is being held without bond.

Detectives continue to work to identify the suspect who committed this armed carjacking.

Loaded .22 caliber handgun found on Addison

 

Major Crimes Detectives Investigating Carjackings in Downtown Silver Spring

Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate four armed carjackings that have occurred within the last ten days in the downtown Silver Spring area.  In three of these four carjackings, the victims left their vehicles running and/or unattended.  Detectives are looking into the possibility that these carjackings were committed by the same suspects.

Below is a summary of the four armed carjackings that have occurred in downtown Silver Spring since September 19:

  • On Saturday, September 19 at 6:35 p.m., a delivery driver in the 8600 block of Cedar Street was confronted by a suspect who was armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle and the victim complied.  Another suspect also pointed a gun at him.  The first suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle while the second suspect entered another vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.  See previous press release.

 

  • On Saturday, September 19 at 9:43 p.m., the victim had left his vehicle unlocked, unattended, and running in the 8100 block of Colesville Road while he ran an errand. The victim returned to his vehicle and observed two suspects inside his car.   The victim confronted the suspects and one suspect displayed a handgun and threatened the victim.  The suspects stole the victim’s car and fled.   The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C. See previous press release. 

 

  • On Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m., the victim had exited his car while leaving it running in the 8000 block of Georgia Avenue. The victim was immediately confronted by three suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  The suspects demanded property from the victim and then assaulted the victim.  The suspects stole the victim’s car and all three suspects fled in the vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.

 

  • On Tuesday, September 24 at 6:03 p.m., the victim left the keys inside his vehicle and left it running as he walked to the ATM in the 8700 block of Georgia Avenue. When he returned to the vehicle one of three suspects pointed a handgun at him and then all three suspects fled in his vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.

 

Anyone with information about these armed carjackings is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.   Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

 

MCP reminds residents that they can lower their risk of becoming a victim of auto theft by following these safety tips:

Don’t leave a vehicle running if unattended.

Keep your vehicle keys with you at all times, and never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle. Note: Valet keys can be used to start the vehicle.

Close and lock all vehicle windows and doors when leaving vehicle unattended.

If your vehicle has a “push-button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.

Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

Park in a secure garage if possible.

Use a car alarm and/or anti-theft device.

Use a vehicle locator device.