Suspects Charged with Vehicle Theft and Firearm-Related Offenses

Mario Alvarado

Mario G. Alvarado, age 18, of the 2900 block of Dawson Avenue in Wheaton, has been arrested and charged with stolen vehicle and firearm-related offenses.  A Montgomery County Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to Albert Einstein High School in North Kensington observed Alvarado operating a stolen vehicle on the grounds of the high school on May 1.  Officers located a stolen assault rifle in the stolen car.

On Monday, May 1 at approximately 10:33 a.m., the SRO was patrolling the school grounds in his marked cruiser and observed a blue Mazda 3 park to the rear of Albert Einstein High School.  The SRO observed the driver of the Mazda exit the vehicle, walk toward the school, and return to the Mazda a short time later.  As the driver of the Mazda drove away from the school, the SRO activated his cruiser’s emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop on the car at the intersection of Norris Drive and Kenton Drive.  The driver of the Mazda stopped the car at the intersection, immediately exited the Mazda, and fled from the officer.

A short time later, the driver of the Mazda, identified as Alvarado, returned to the intersection of Norris Drive and Kenton Drive and was arrested by the SRO and assisting officers.

The SRO conducted a computer check of the Mazda’s registration and determined that the Mazda had been reported stolen on April 27 from a residence on Milton Street in Wheaton.

Fourth District officers searched the stolen Mazda and located an assault rifle in the trunk.  The assault rifle was determined to belong to the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD) and had been recently stolen from a RCPD cruiser in the Kensington area on April 29.

Fourth District officers also located a black Nissan Frontier parked near Albert Einstein High School that had been reported stolen on April 22 from a residence on Lafayette Drive in Wheaton.  Officers searched the Nissan and located a shotgun which had also been stolen from the same RCPD cruiser on April 29.

Alvarado was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with possessing a deadly weapon on school property, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, and other firearm-related charges.  Alvarado is being held on a $2,000 bond.

On Tuesday, May 2, Central Auto Theft Unit detectives arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile and charged him with auto theft offenses related to this investigation.  The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.


Officers Locate Handgun, Drugs, and Counterfeit Currency During Traffic Stop; Two Suspects Arrested

MCPSealBestOfficers from the Montgomery County Police Department – Police Community Action Team (PCAT) have charged Deandre Thomas, age 21, of the 23600 block of Willshaw Square in Ashburn, Virginia, with firearm, drug, and counterfeit currency charges, and have charged Marcus Harris, age 23, of the 20300 block of Farmgate Terrace in Ashburn, Virginia, with drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Colesville.

On September 14 at approximately 11:15 p.m., a PCAT officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding in the area of East Randolph Road and Kara Lane.  Harris was identified as the driver and Thomas was identified as the front seat passenger.  A K9 was called to assist and scan the exterior of the vehicle.  The K9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs inside the car.  During the search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded Ruger .45 handgun under the passenger seat where Thomas had been sitting. Officers found approximately a quarter pound of suspected marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.

Harris and Thomas were arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU).  While at CPU, officers found that Thomas was in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill.  Officers notified agents from the United Stated Secret Service regarding the counterfeit currency.  Thomas is being held on a $15,000 bond.   Harris was released after posting a $2,600 bond.


Deandre Thomas

Deandre Thomas

Marcus Harris

Marcus Harris










Update: Germantown Homicide Investigation Continues

Ebou Nyass

Ebou Nyass

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Ebou Nyass, age 29, of the 18600 block of Tumeric Court in Germantown, with firearm and narcotic offenses related to the December 16 homicide of Robert Wayne King, age 30, of Frederick.

On December 16 at approximately 7:14 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (9-1-1) received a call for a shooting in the 18600 block of Sage Way. Officers from the 5th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded and located Robert Wayne King on the ground adjacent to a residence. King was suffering life-threatening injuries from apparent gunshot wounds and was transported to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The homicide investigation revealed that Nyass and King agreed to meet to complete a drug transaction in the 18600 block of Sage Way. During the meet, an altercation occurred between Nyass and King which resulted in both subjects being shot. A witness to the transaction stated that King produced and fired his handgun first. A handgun recovered at the scene did not have the characteristics consistent with the weapon thought to have been used to shoot King.

On December 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Nyass charging him with one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, one count of possession of a firearm after a prior violent felony conviction, and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

On December 22, detectives located Nyass at an area hospital after he sought treatment for a gunshot wound and was arrested on the strength of the warrant. Nyass refused to speak with investigators and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. Nyess was released after posting a $100,000 bond. The State’s Attorney’s Office will make a determination on any additional charges in this case.


Detectives Continue to Investigate Firearm Discharge in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a firearm discharge that occurred on December 24 in Gaithersburg.

On Thursday, December 24, at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers from the 6th District and the Gaithersburg Police Department, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the McDonald’s located at 469 Frederick Avenue for the report of a shooting.

First responders located evidence of a shooting inside of the McDonald’s men’s restroom. Officers in the area searched for suspect(s) and victim(s).  During this search, officers were notified that the adult male victim had arrived at a local hospital in a vehicle for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  Investigators have interviewed this victim.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the person(s) involved is asked to contact the 6th District Investigation Section at 240.773.5770. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.


Detectives Investigate Shooting in Silver Spring

crime alertDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the shooting of a 47-year-old man that occurred last night in Silver Spring.

On November 5 at approximately 6:57 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 9500 block of Clement Road for the report of a shooting. The victim was transported to an area hospital in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound to the body. At this time, the victim is listed in stable condition and detectives will interview him today regarding the assault.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim answered his residence door and a confrontation took place between the victim and two male suspects at the front door. The victim stated that one of the suspects shot him and both suspects fled from the area. Investigators believe that this assault is not random. Detectives do not believe there is a danger to the community.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers can remain anonymous.