Detectives Investigating Undetermined Death; Asking for Public’s Help to Identify Decedent

Update: July 29, 2018: The decedent has been identified as a 17-year-old of Gaithersburg.  The decedent’s family has been notified.

Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division detectives are investigating the undetermined death of a male.  Investigators have been unable to identify the male and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On Friday, July 27, at approximately 2:14 p.m., officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the South Lake Elementary School (located at 18201 Contour Road in Gaithersburg) for the report of an unresponsive male laying in the parking lot. The male was declared deceased.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the male’s body.  Further investigation is necessary but at this time, foul play is not suspected in this male’s death.  The male’s body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

He is described as a black male with a medium build, approximately 15 to 20 years old, and with a high top fade haircut. He was wearing black gym shorts with white and silver stripes and blue Nike Jordan sneakers. A gray t-shirt was found on the ground near him.  School staff saw the male walking on school property at approximately noon on Friday. School personnel have seen the male on previous occasions playing basketball at the school.

Anyone with information about this death investigation or information about the identity of the male is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Update: Officer-Involved Shooting at Domestic-Related Barricade

Update: July 26, 2018: John Carlos Natera-Perez succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening.  His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for an autopsy.


Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a domestic-related barricade situation and officer-involved shooting of the suspect that occurred at a townhouse in the Fairland area last night.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Officer Edward Cochran, an eight-year veteran of the police department who is currently assigned to the Tactical Unit (SWAT Team).  He is on administrative leave per department protocol.

John Carlos Natera-Perez, also known as Jean Perez, who is 30 years old, of an unconfirmed address, is in grave condition and is not expected to survive.

On Monday, July 23, at approximately 7:57 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the report of an assault at a townhouse in the 2800 block of Mozart Drive in the Fairland area. The first call to 911 was reported to be a woman screaming. The call taker heard a male voice state, “I will kill you,” and the line was then disconnected.

As the first officer arrived, he observed Mr. Perez standing in the townhome doorway, with blood on his clothing and holding a knife.  The officer called for Mr. Perez to exit the home.  Mr. Perez stepped back into the residence and shut the front door. A female, later identified as a resident of the home and Mr. Perez’ ex-girlfriend, was standing outside in front the house.  She immediately advised the officer that her three-year-old son was upstairs in his bedroom.  The female further stated that Mr. Perez had entered the residence, confronted the woman and her boyfriend, and assaulted them before the two were able to flee from the home.  Officers also learned from the female that Mr. Perez was the father of the child in the residence.

Officers attempted to make contact with Mr. Perez, but these efforts were unsuccessful. The Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to the scene at approximately 8:08 p.m.  Once ERT members arrived, negotiators contacted Mr. Perez via a loud speaker in English and in Spanish, instructing him to exit the home and/or release the 3-year-old child. Although Mr. Perez made some verbal responses, he refused to exit the home and refused to release the child.  These negotiations continued for more than an hour.

During this time, officers observed Mr. Perez using furniture to barricade doors and windows inside the home. Officers also saw Mr. Perez writing on the windows using what appeared to be blood on his fingers.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., officers observed Mr. Perez light something on fire and throw it out a second-floor bedroom window onto the ground below.  Several minutes later, the child was heard screaming.  Mr. Perez then began to light clothing in the home on fire.  Smoke was observed coming from the bedroom and the townhome’s smoke alarms began to sound.  Tactical team supervisors made the decision to enter the home due to concern for the child’s welfare. During this tactical operation, Perez was shot while he was in the master bedroom.  Officers were then able to get to the second floor of the house where they located the child unharmed on the bed in the master bedroom.  Officers found a knife with blood on it on the bed.  The child was taken from the home by tactical officers.  Officers and Fire & Rescue personnel administered life-saving efforts on Mr. Perez and he was transported to a local hospital in grave condition.

A search of the home revealed charred clothing in two areas of the second floor. A flammable liquid and three lighters were located in the master bedroom.

Further investigation by detectives, to include a review of court documents, has revealed a history of prior domestic violence between the suspect and female victim.  According to the victim, this violence occurred as recently as three weeks ago when she and the son were both assaulted by Mr. Perez.

This investigation is ongoing. As more information is able to be confirmed, it will be released.




Two Pedestrians Fatally Struck by Train in Germantown

Update: July 19, 2018: The victims are being identified as Daianne Peralta, age 25, of an unconfirmed address, and Cristina Segovia, age 30, of the unit block of West Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the deaths of two adult females who were fatally struck by a train on Wednesday night in Germantown.

On Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 8:28 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the report of pedestrians who had been struck by a CSX train on the railroad tracks in the area of Waring Station Road and Peach Crest Drive.

The initial investigation has revealed that the two females were in the area of the tracks when, for reasons still under investigation, they were struck by a westbound CSX train. They succumbed to their injuries at the scene.  The investigation also revealed that the train operator had observed the females and had sounded the train’s horn and applied the train’s brakes.

The victims’ identities will be released once family notifications have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.


Update: Police Continue to Investigate Suspicious Death in Sandy Spring; Autopsy and Fire and Explosives Investigators Results Released; Reward Offered

Investigators from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and Fire and Explosives investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) continue to conduct a joint investigation into the June 17, 2017 vehicle fire and suspicious death of Andrea Mion Hawvermale, age 56, of the 1300 block Excaliber Lane.

Today, detectives are releasing the following information:

  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore conducted an autopsy and ruled that Hawvermale’s death was caused by smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. The manner of her death remains pending.
  • MCFRS investigators determined that a non-accidental incendiary fire was the cause of the vehicle fire.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Division and MCFRS continue to investigate this vehicle fire and suspicious death.  Anyone with information in reference to this investigation is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. 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.


Update: Identity Released in Undetermined Death Investigation in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the June 8 undetermined death of an adult male who was located deceased inside of a vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping center in Germantown.

The decedent has been identified as Nicholas Ryan McGinnis, age 19, from Middletown, Maryland.

On Friday, June 8 at approximately 6:08 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a shopping center located in the 20900 block of Frederick Road for the report of a suspicious situation involving a parked vehicle.  Officers observed an adult male, later identified as McGinnis, deceased inside his car.

McGinnis’ body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy was conducted to determine the manner and cause of his death.  The autopsy results are pending but the OCME reported no visible signs of trauma to McGinnis’ body.

The investigation by detectives determined that on June 4, McGinnis’ family reported him as a missing person to the Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office (FCSO).  This remains an active death investigation and MCP Major Crimes detectives continue to coordinate with FCSO detectives during this investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information regarding this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.