Update: Robbery and Assault Immediately Preceded Hewitt Avenue Fatal Hit and Run; Suspects Arrested

Kenneth Sahr Kpakima

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) have been investigating the Friday, June 8 assault, robbery, and death of 40-year-old Gregory Jonathan Atwood, of Tynewick Drive in the Bel Pre area.

On Tuesday, June 19, detectives arrested Mohammed Salous, age 17, and charged him as an adult with assault-related offenses for his involvement in the robbery of Gregory Atwood.  On Wednesday, June 20, Kenneth Sahr Kpakima (also spelled Kapakima), age 21, was charged with assault and armed robbery offenses related to this crime.  They are both being held without bond.  A 15-year-old female suspect has been identified but has not been charged at this time.

Investigation by detectives revealed that on Friday, June 8, at approximately 3:50 a.m., 4th District officers responded to southbound Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue for a person in the roadway.  Responding officers located Gregory Atwood, deceased in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue.  There was evidence of trauma to his body.

Preliminary investigation at the scene by CRU detectives indicated that Atwood was struck by two separate vehicles.  The drivers of those vehicles did not remain on the scene.  Evidence further indicated that one of the involved vehicles is possibly a 2011 Chrysler 200 or a 2011 Dodge Avenger (unknown color).  CRU investigators believe that the second vehicle involved in this collision is a light-colored Dodge Durango.

During the joint investigation by CRU and Major Crimes detectives, a review of surveillance video in the area of Georgia Avenue and Hewitt Avenue showed that prior to the collision being reported on June 8, Kpakima, Salous, and the 15-year-old female assaulted and robbed Atwood of his property in that area.  Detectives have further determined that Atwood suffered injuries as a result of that assault and that the suspects fled from the scene after they assaulted Atwood.

CRU detectives continue to investigate the hit and run portion of this investigation.   There is considerable vehicle and foot traffic in the area of Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue, even at the time when this robbery and subsequent hit and run collision occurred.  CRU Investigators are urging anyone who may have witnessed this collision, who were in the area around the time of this collision, saw something suspicious, or may have any information about this collision, to please call the 4th District Police Station at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

*Note: a photograph of Salous will not be released due to his age*

RLG

 

 

 

Update: University Boulevard West Pedestrian-Involved Collision Now Fatal; Identity of Pedestrian Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate the now fatal, pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Saturday, June 9, on University Boulevard West at Amherst Avenue.

The pedestrian, identified as Edwin Diaz, age 38, of the 10900 block of Inwood Avenue in Silver Spring, has succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLI

Detectives Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision in Aspen Hill

July 12, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Update:

The light-colored Dodge Durango believed to be involved in this collision has a flaming eight ball sticker on its rear window (see example below).

Example of flaming eight ball sticker on the rear window of the light-colored Dodge Durango

Investigators are also asking anyone who may have seen a light-colored Dodge Durango with a flaming eight ball sticker on the rear window to please call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

 

June 21, 2018 (12:00 p.m.) Update:

  • The color, make, and model of an additional vehicle that is believed to have been involved in this collision has been added to this release:

“Based on new information, investigators believe that a light-colored Dodge Durango was also involved in this collision.”

June 8, 2018 (3:00 pm) Update:

  • The pedestrian is being identified as Gregory Jonathan Atwood, age 40, of Tynewick Drive in Silver Spring.

 

  • The year of one of the possibly involved vehicles has been added to this release:

“Evidence also indicates that one of the involved vehicles is possibly a 2011 Chrysler 200 or a 2011 Dodge Avenger …”

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The Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal, pedestrian hit-and-run collision that occurred early this morning in the Aspen Hill area.

On Friday, June 8, at approximately 3:50 a.m., 4th District officers responded to southbound Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue for the report of a person in the roadway.

Officers located an adult male deceased in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue.  It was determined that the male had been struck by a vehicle and that vehicle had left the area.

Based on evidence at the scene, Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives believe that after the initial vehicle struck the pedestrian, at least one additional vehicle also struck the pedestrian.  Evidence also indicates that one of the involved vehicles is possibly a 2011 Chrysler 200 or a 2011 Dodge Avenger (unknown color).  Based on new information, investigators believe that a light-colored Dodge Durango was also involved in this collision.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision, were in the area around the time of the collision and saw something suspicious, or have any information about this collision to please call the 4th District Police Station at 240-773-5500.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The pedestrian’s identity will be released once family is notified.

 

 

RLI

The link to the June 22 press release announcing the arrest of two of three suspects who assaulted and robbed Gregory Atwood prior to him being struck and killed on Georgia Avenue at Hewitt Avenue has also been added to this release:

Update: Robbery and Assault Immediately Preceded Hewitt Avenue Fatal Hit and Run; Suspects Arrested

Update: Identity Released in Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the June 2 fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred in Rockville.

Today, investigators are identifying the pedestrian as Silvano Lemus, age 43, of an unconfirmed address.

On Saturday, June 2, at approximately 9:51 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City police officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to 502 Hungerford Drive for a collision that involved a pedestrian.  First responders located Lemus and he was transported to Suburban Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Lemus was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Hungerford Drive, when for reasons still under investigation, he was struck by a Lexus 350 driven by Shihping Shih, 66 years old, of Autumn Wind Way in Rockville.  Shih remained on the scene.  Neither he nor his adult female passenger were injured.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG

Traffic Collision in Rockville Now Fatal

Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday afternoon in Rockville. The driver of one of the involved vehicles succumbed last night to injuries she received during the crash.

On Monday, May 21 at approximately 1:36 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for the report of a traffic collision on Randolph Road at Rocking Horse Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Honda Civic, driven by Sylvia Jones was making a left turn from westbound Randolph Road onto southbound Rocking Horse Road. The Honda was struck by a 2009 Acura TSX, driven by Giovanni Vigil, age 18, of the 4400 block of Gridley Road in Silver Spring, who had been traveling eastbound on Randolph Road.

Ms. Jones, age 81, of the 3400 block of Island Creek Court in Silver Spring, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries from which she later died.

Vigil and a 16-year-old female passenger, also from Silver Spring, were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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