Detectives Arrest Montgomery Village Man for Homicide

Jean Jocelin Pierre

Jean Jocelin Pierre

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested a Montgomery Village man for the murder of his wife.

Jean Jocelin Pierre, age 46, of the 20100 block of Rothbury Lane in Montgomery Village was arrested and charged by detectives with the murder of his wife, Nerlande Foreste, on August 29, 2019.

On the evening of August 24, 2019, Pierre responded to the 6th District of the Montgomery County Department of Police to report that his wife, Nerlande Foreste, was missing.  A press release detailing Foreste’s disappearance was issued on August 25th.

The subsequent investigation into Foreste’s disappearance revealed several inconsistencies in Pierre’s account of events that led detectives to believe Pierre was potentially involved in Foreste’s disappearance.

On August 29, 2019, detectives executed a search warrant on the Rothbury Lane address.  Evidence was recovered that indicated that Pierre’s account of Foreste’s disappearance was not accurate.  Pierre later made statements indicating that he had murdered Foreste.

Pierre was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with 1st Degree Murder.  Pierre is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.  Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.




Police Investigate Homicide in Kensington; Suspect Arrested

Alejandro Perez de Leon

The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continues to investigate a homicide that occurred last night in Kensington.

On Tuesday, June 18th at approximately 9:59 pm, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call reporting a shooting that had just occurred at 10724 Shaftsbury Street in Kensington.  Officers from the 2nd District responded to the scene and verified a shooting had occurred with an adult female victim being deceased on the scene.  Officers were able to make an arrest of an adult male suspect who remained on the scene.  Additionally, a handgun was found on the scene in close proximity to the victim.

The investigation to this point has revealed that the victim, Silvia Elenia Fernandez, age 33, was living at the Shaftsbury Street address in a basement apartment with the suspect, Alejandro Jose Perez de Leon, age 48.  The two were in a domestic relationship.

At some point on June 18th, Fernandez and Perez de Leon were engaged in a domestic related argument when Perez de Leon shot Fernandez, killing her.

Perez de Leon was arrested on the scene and subsequently taken to the Central Processing Unit for booking after being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crimes Division.

Perez de Leon has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.  He is being held without bond.

Detectives are asking if anyone has additional information regarding this homicide, to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.



Germantown Man Arrested after Officers Intervene in Attempted Murder Incident

Zain Imdad

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested a Germantown man  for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and additional charges related to an incident that occurred on April 15, 2019, in Germantown.

On April 15, the suspect, identified as Zain Imdad, age 28. of Germantown, entered a residence in the 14000 block of Jump Drive in Germantown, where the female adult victim was residing.  The victim had a protective order against Imdad, with whom she had a previous relationship.  Imdad proceeded to take the victim and other family members within the household hostage, threatening them with a handgun.  Imdad was allegedly distraught over the ending of the relationship with the victim, and informed the victim and other family members that he was going to kill everyone if the victim did not reconcile the relationship.  Imdad also told the victim and family that he would kill them if the police showed up and then shoot the police.  One of the family members was able to notify police of the incident via the Emergency Communications Systems (911).

Officers from the 5th District responded and evaluated the situation.  Though facing an armed suspect threatening to kill the victim and family, officers placed themselves in peril by making immediate entry and confronting Imdad, who was now holding the victim with a knife to her throat.  Officers were able to wrestle the weapon away from Imdad, arrest him, and free the victim and her family.

Zain Imdad Equipment

Further investigation found that Imdad had brought a backpack with him to the residence containing a suicide intention note, a black replica handgun, a fixed blade knife, duct tape, five pairs of handcuffs, para-cord, and bottles containing an unknown substance.  Imdad had told the victim and family that we was planning to kill them then drink poison.  The substance in the bottles was removed and being analyzed for their content.

Without the assistance of the family members and the immediate action by the responding officers, the outcomes achieved during this incident could have been very different.

Zain Imdad was charged with the following:

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • 1st Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • 2nd Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • Home Invasion
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Reckless Endangerment (5 counts)
  • Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Weapon
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon w/ Intent to Injure

Detectives are asking that anyone with additional information regarding Zain Imdad, should contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.



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.