Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District Special Assignment Team (SAT) have arrested and charged Foday Gassama, age 28, of Purple Mountain Lane in Gaithersburg, with possession of a loaded handgun on his person, obliterating a serial number on a firearm, and the prohibited possession of a firearm due to a previous criminal conviction.
On Tuesday, October 8, at approximately 6:00 p.m., 3rd District SAT officers were monitoring the White Oak area of Silver Spring when an officer observed a person he believed to be Gassama walking on the sidewalk of Lockwood Drive. The officer knew that Gassama had a Montgomery County warrant for his arrest for second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary. Those charges stemmed from an incident that had occurred on October 4 in Silver Spring and was domestic-related. During that incident, it was believed that Gassama had a firearm in his possession.
The officer approached Gassama in the 1500 block of Heather Hollow Circle. When the officer told Gassama he was under arrest, he ran. After a brief foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.
While searching Gassama, an officer located a loaded handgun in a satchel he was wearing across his shirt. The serial number on the gun had been obliterated.
It was determined that Gassama is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior criminal convictions.
Gassama was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.