Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section have arrested five Clarksburg High School students with offenses related to the possession of a handgun at Clarksburg High School. The five students arrested are:
- Tyson Brown, age 16, of Clarksburg – charged as an adult with possession of a handgun, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Justin Ferguson, age 18, of Gaithersburg, charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Juvenile male, age 15, charged as a juvenile with possession of a handgun and possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds
- Juvenile male, age 15, charged as a juvenile with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Juvenile male, age 16, charged as a juvenile with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
On Monday, February 10, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to and working at Clarksburg High School (located at 22500 Wims Road) was notified by an administrator that a 15-year-old student had been a victim of a robbery earlier that day. The SRO also received information from a witness that this victim had brought a gun to school.
The SRO located the robbery victim in the school. A search of the student’s backpack revealed a loaded handgun magazine. The student admitted that he had brought a handgun to school that day.
Additional investigation by detectives revealed that the victim of the robbery (who brought the gun to school) and the four additional suspects all met in the bathroom in the morning. At some point during the interaction, the robbery occurred and the four suspects stole the handgun and the robbery victim’s wallet and cash.
The three juveniles who have been charged as juveniles were arrested, processed at the 5th District station, and released to their parents/guardians. The two suspects charged as adults have been transported to the Central Processing Unit.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Multiple searches have been conducted but the handgun has not been recovered.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Note: A mugshot of Ferguson is not available at this time. It will be added to this press release if it becomes available. Mugshots of juveniles are not released.
Fourth District officers have arrested and charged Carlos Aquino, age 29, of Aspen Hill Road in Rockville, with possession of a stolen handgun and possession of cocaine.
On February 2 at approximately 1:38 a.m., officers responded to the 11300 block of Georgia Avenue in Wheaton for the report of a male with a gun. Security personnel at a local establishment told officers that they observed a male with a handgun in the area. The witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of the suspect to officers.
An officer observed a male matching the description of the suspect walking in the 2300 block of Price Avenue. When officers attempted to approach the male he fled while holding his waistband. The suspect ran to a parking garage in the 11300 block of Amherst Avenue and was observed by officers throwing something. The male was apprehended in the parking garage and was identified as Aquino. The item he discarded, a loaded handgun, was recovered, and it was determined that the gun had been stolen from Atlanta, Georgia. Aquino also had cocaine in his possession.
Aquino was transported to the Central Processing Unit and has been released on bond.
Officers from the 6th District have arrested and charged Devante Offutt, age 24, of the 19300 block of Keymar Way in Montgomery Village, for handgun-related offenses, to include possession of a stolen handgun. These charges are related to Offutt fleeing on foot from officers while police were investigating drug-related activity in Montgomery Village.
At approximately 12:30 yesterday afternoon (Thursday, January 30), 6th District officers observed two males smoking marijuana in the parking lot of the Montgomery Village Center located at 19201 Centerway Road. Officers approached the two males and began talking with them when one of the males suddenly took off running through the shopping center parking lot. Officers observed this male holding his waistband area as he fled. Officers pursued the male and apprehended him. The male was identified as Offutt. Officers located a loaded .380 handgun in Offutt’s waistband.
Through investigation, it was determined that the handgun had been reported as stolen from Anne Arundel County and that Offutt was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous conviction.
Officers located marijuana where Offutt and the second male were standing in the parking lot.
Offutt was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with offenses to include possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and possession of a stolen handgun. Offutt is currently being held without bond.
Stolen handgun that Offutt was carrying
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Community Action Team (DCAT) have arrested and charged Samuel A. Martone, age 20, of the 4500 block of Bay Springs Drive in Bay Shore, Mississippi, with firearm-related offenses following a traffic stop that occurred in Gaithersburg.
At approximately, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020, a 6th District DCAT officer conducted a stop of a vehicle for a traffic offense on Frederick Road at Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg. Officers identified Martone as the driver of the vehicle. During the traffic stop, officers asked for Martone’s vehicle registration. When Martone was opened the glove box and reached in to get the vehicle registration, officers observed a handgun in the glove compartment. Martone was removed from the vehicle and officers recovered a loaded Walther P22 .22 caliber handgun in the glove compartment. Officers also located an additional 420 rounds of ammunition in Martone’s vehicle.
Martone was arrested and transported to the Center Processing Unit where he was charged with possession of a firearm by persons under 21 years old and transporting a handgun in a vehicle.
Martone was released after posting a $7,500 bond.
Samuel A. Martone
Gun recovered from Martone’s vehicle.
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Central Business District (CBD) team have arrested and charged 17-year-old Chase Gomez of Silver Spring as an adult for handgun-related offenses and for the possession and distribution of marijuana.
During the month of December, community members notified CBD team officers of a male who they believe routinely commits crimes in the local community while being armed with a firearm.
At approximately 4:23 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, CBD team officers observed that male in the area of University Boulevard West and Arcola Avenue. As officers approached the individual, he immediately fled on foot from the police. As the subject ran, officers observed the suspect discarding marijuana, a firearm, and a digital scale. The individual was arrested after a brief foot pursuit and was identified as Gomez. The firearm was determined to be a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Gomez was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is currently being held on bond.
Third District Commander Darren Francke stated:
“This arrest and removal of an illegal firearm would not have been possible without the engagement of the Silver Spring community and the highly professional officers of the 3rd District.”
**Note: Due to his age, a mugshot of Gomez will not be released **
Handgun that Gomez discarded
Marijuana and digital scale that Gomez discarded