Suspect Arrested for Possession of a Handgun in Germantown

Terrill R. Townes

Officers from the 5th District – Central Business District Team have arrested and charged Terrill R. Townes, age 20, of Honeybear Lane in Germantown, with possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun by a person under 21, after officers were dispatched for the report of suspicious activity occurring inside a vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Germantown.

On November 12 at approximately 1:52 p.m., 5th District Central Business District Team officers responded to the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle after a resident called police to report that the occupants of a vehicle parked on Dunstable Circle appeared to be smoking marijuana inside the vehicle.

Responding officers located the vehicle, which was occupied by four males, parked on Dunstable Circle.  Upon making contact with the driver, officers immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  Officers identified Townes as a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle.  While speaking with Townes, officers observed him reach for a bag on the floorboard where he had been sitting.  Officers checked the bag that Townes was reaching for and observed a loaded 9mm handgun inside.  Townes was immediately placed under arrest.

Townes was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with handgun-related offenses to include possession of a handgun by a person under 21.  Townes was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

Townes, along with another adult male inside the vehicle, were issued civil citations for possession of marijuana under 10 grams.

Handgun located in a bag were Townes had been sitting.

 

Suspect Arrested for Handgun and Drug Offenses During Traffic Stop in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Deion Furr, age 22, of Silver Spring, with criminal offenses to include possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it, possession of a narcotic, and traffic offenses to include driving on a suspended Maryland driver’s license.

On November 4 at approximately 10:13 pm, a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol when he observed a driver commit a moving violation at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Spring Street.

The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Furr.  The officer determined that Furr was not permitted to drive as he had a suspended driver’s license.

The officer noted a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and Furr admitted that marijuana was in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun with an extended magazine under the front passenger’s seat.  Officers also found marijuana packaged for distribution in a duffle bag and other items indicative of drug distribution were located on Furr and in his vehicle.

Furr was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit.

Officers obtained a warrant to search Furr’s residence in Silver Spring and on November 5, officers searched the residence and located additional evidence of criminal activity to include several pounds of marijuana, a credit card skimmer and information regarding possible victims of fraud, and two handguns determined to be stolen.  The investigation into the items located in the home is ongoing.

Deion Furr

Handgun located in vehicle

 

Stolen handgun located in residence

Stolen handgun located in residence

Handgun Found in Suspect’s Jacket Pocket During Hit-and-Run Collision Investigation in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Mario J Rios, age 21, of Schrider Street in Silver Spring, with criminal offenses to include possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions, and second-degree assault for assaulting a 3rd District officer.

On November 1 at approximately 11:10 pm, the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call from a witness who had just observed a hit-and-run collision.  The witness stated that a Dodge Caravan had just struck a parked vehicle on Silver Spring Avenue, drove off, and parked approximately two blocks away in an apartment parking lot located at 8115 Schrider Street.  The witness then observed the driver exit the vehicle and walk away.

The two responding officers located the striking vehicle, a Dodge van, in the apartment parking lot and observed a male matching the description of the driver provided by the witness walking toward them.  The male had cuts and bruises on his hands and a bump on his forehead and was carrying a set of Dodge vehicle keys.  As the officers ordered the suspect to stop, he fled on foot.  As officers ran after him he assaulted one officer with his elbow.  After a brief foot pursuit the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as Rios.  Officers located a handgun in his jacket pocket.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond at this time.

Mario J Rios

Three Suspects Arrested for Possession of Handgun while Officers Investigate a Shooting in Downtown Silver Spring Area 

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District arrested Emanuel Leyton Picon (age 19) of Bladensburg, MD, Jason Baiza (age 18) of Washington, DC, and Azriel Echavarria (age 18) of Washington, DC with possession of handgun in the downtown Silver Spring area.     

On Thursday, October 29, at approximately 8:44 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Veterans Plaza area for the report of a shooting.  The Emergency Communication Center (ECC) received multiple calls about the shooting and received description of three suspects fleeing the area.   

Officers from the 3rd District Special Assignment Team responded to the area and observed a group of three subjects matching the physical and clothing description provided by ECC fleeing into the Ellsworth Parking Garage.  Other 3rd District officers also responded to the area to assist.  When a uniformed officer tried to stop the three subjects, they fled from the officer on foot.  After a short foot pursuit, all three subjects were apprehended in the area of Spring Street and Cameron Street.  Echavarria was in possession of a handgun.  A second handgun was located along the path Leyton Picon and Baiza ran and next to Leyton Picon.  Suspected controlled dangerous substances were located on Echavarria and Leyton Picon as well.   

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section and the Firearms Investigative Section responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.  The investigation determined that all three subjects were prohibited from possessing a handgun due to prior criminal convictions.   

EchavarriaLeyton Picon, and Baiza were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with possession of a firearm and other related violations.  Leyton Picon and Baiza were released from custody on bond.  Echavarria remains in custody 

 

Jason Baiza

Azriel Echavarria

Emanuel Leyton Picon

Suspect Arrested for Possession of Handgun and Drug Offenses during Traffic Stop in Fairland Area of Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Jefferson Ayala-Castillo, age 21, of Columbia, Maryland, with criminal offenses to include possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a prohibited person due to prior criminal convictions, possession of marijuana and THC with the intent to distribute those drugs, and traffic offenses to include driving on a suspended Maryland driver’s license.

On October 23 at approximately 12:15 am, a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol when he observed a driver commit a moving violation at the intersection of Castle Boulevard and Briggs Chaney Road.  The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver (and sole occupant) as Jefferson-Ayala Castillo.  The officer observed marijuana in Ayala-Castillo’s lap and smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

The officer determined that Ayala-Castillo was not permitted to drive as he had a suspended Maryland driver’s license.

As Ayala-Castillo exited the vehicle, an assisting officer observed an empty gun holster in the pocket of the driver’s side door.  A bullet also fell out of Ayala-Castillo’s pocket.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun in a bag on the driver’s side floorboard.  Officers also found THC packaged for distribution, marijuana, and ammunition in the vehicle.  Other items indicative of drug distribution were located on Ayala-Castillo and in his vehicle.

Ayala-Castillo was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released on bond.

**A mugshot of Ayala-Castillo will be added to this release once it becomes available.