Suspect Arrested for Offenses to Include Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute and Attempted Carjacking

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Special Assignment Team (SAT) have arrested and charged Dante Craven, age 28, of Baltimore, with offenses to include attempted carjacking, theft, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute it, and two counts of second-degree assault of an officer.

On October 1, First District SAT officers were investigating a community complaint when they observed a drug transaction.  One suspect left the area in a vehicle.  An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle but the driver fled in the vehicle.  The suspect stopped the car a short distance and then fled on foot.

Through investigation, SAT officers identified the suspect as Craven.  Officers determined that Craven was also a suspect in a domestic violence incident that occurred approximately two weeks prior in Germantown.  During that incident, Craven fled from police by jumping from a second story balcony of an apartment.

On October 2, First District SAT officers located Craven in Germantown.  As officers attempted to arrest Craven, he assaulted two police officers and fled on foot.  He attempted to carjack a vehicle to get away.  Craven was arrested with the assistance of a K9.  He was found to be in possession of a knife and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

Commander Darren Francke of the First District stated, “Special Assignment Teams are highly trained officers that work to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe by disrupting illegal activities that occur outside the sight of uniformed officers. This is a good outcome as Mr. Craven is prevented from endangering our community for the time being and may get more help with his problems. The community should feel safer because of these police professionals.”

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Suspect Arrested for Possession of Drugs and Firearm in Germantown

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Central Business District (CBD) Team have arrested and charged Christopher Ritter-Lucas, age 16, as an adult with crimes to include possession of a controlled dangerous substance and firearm-related offenses to include possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a minor (under the age of 21), and knowingly altering a firearm identification number.

On Friday, September 27, at approximately 3:50 p.m., 5th District CBD officers responded to a call for service at the Target store located at 20908 Frederick Road in Germantown.  A store employee called police to report that two males, one of whom had been asked to leave the store on a previous occasion, were trespassing.  The first arriving officer approached the two juveniles as they exited the bathroom and after informing them that they were trespassing and that the officer needed to also speak to Ritter-Lucas about a different ongoing criminal matter, the two juveniles fled on foot.  Officers pursued and Ritter-Lucas and the other 16-year-old male suspect were taken into custody.

Officers recovered a revolver inside of Ritter-Lucas’ backpack; the serial number on the gun had been obliterated.  Marijuana was also found in his backpack.

Marijuana was found in the other juvenile’s possession.

During a police interview, Ritter-Lucas made an admission that his purpose of going to the bathroom in the Target store was to conduct a drug transaction.

Ritter-Lucas was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged as an adult.  He has been released on bond.

The 16-year-old male was charged as a minor with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing and hindering and was released to the custody of his guardian.

Fifth District Commander Mark Plazinski says of the arrest, “I am very proud of the response of our officers.  They were able to apprehend these juvenile offenders, one who was armed with a handgun, without injuries to any resident, officer, or the offenders.  Their efforts reflect positively on the police department.”

A photo of Ritter-Lucas will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Train in Gaithersburg

Update: January 24, 2018 – The victim is being identified as Dwight Nathaniel Demar, age 67, of Chestnut Street in Gaithersburg.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult male who was fatally struck by a train this afternoon in Gaithersburg.

On Tuesday, January 23 at approximately 1:55 p.m., officers from the 6th District, Gaithersburg Police Department, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for the report of a pedestrian who had been struck by an Amtrak passenger train on the tracks in the area of South Summit Avenue and Wells Avenue

The initial investigation has revealed that Demar was in the area of the tracks when, for reasons still under investigation, he was struck by an eastbound Amtrak passenger train.  Demar succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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

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Officer Stops Speeding Vehicle – Locates 250 Pounds of Marijuana

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department have arrested and charged Steven M. Tosi, age 53, of California, with criminal charges related to the possession and trafficking of approximately 250 pounds of marijuana.

On December 5 at approximately 2:19 p.m., a Montgomery County Police Officer assigned to the 5th District’s Community Action Team (DCAT) was conducting speed enforcement using a laser on southbound Interstate 270 in the median just north of the Clarksburg Road exit.  The officer’s laser indicated that a southbound Chrysler Town & Country van was traveling at 66 miles per hour (MPH) in a 55 MPH zone.  The officer initiated a traffic stop on the van on southbound Interstate 270 at the Clarksburg Road exit.  The officer approached the vehicle and identified the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle as Tosi.  The officer could smell an odor of fresh marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  When the officer asked Tosi about the smell, Tosi stated that he was smoking marijuana inside the vehicle and that there was a joint inside.

Officers conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located approximately 250 pounds of marijuana.  The marijuana was vacuum sealed in various bundles.  Officers also located a small amount of marijuana in a backpack on the front passenger seat and a marijuana joint on top of the front center armrest.  The vehicle Tosi was driving was determined to be a rental vehicle.

Tosi was placed under arrest.  During questioning, Tosi stated that he had picked up the marijuana in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and intended on delivering the drug to Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Tosi was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

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