Officers Arrest Wanted Suspect After Foot Pursuit in White Oak; Suspect in Possession of Loaded Handgun

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.

Foday Gassama

Recovered handgun

 

Suspect Arrested for Handgun Possession Following Traffic Stop in Downtown Silver Spring

Kriss Smith

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District have arrested and charged Kriss Smith, age 26, of the 2600 block of Q Street in Southeast, Washington, D.C., with firearm-related offenses following a traffic stop that occurred in Downtown Silver Spring.

On Saturday, October 5, at approximately 12:19 a.m., 3rd District officers conducted a stop of a vehicle for a traffic offense on Georgia Avenue at Spring Street.  Officers identified Smith as the driver of the vehicle and upon speaking with Smith, immediately detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside his vehicle.  Officers then asked Smith to exit his car.  Instead of exiting his car, Smith accelerated his vehicle and fled on Spring Street toward 2nd Avenue.  Smith was apprehended a short distance from Spring Street after he exited his car and fled on foot.  Officers located a loaded Taurus .380 handgun, attributed to Smith, near where he was arrested.

Smith was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with firearm-related offenses. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond.

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Loaded Taurus .380 handgun attributed to Smith

Suspect Arrested for Possession of Drugs and Firearm in Germantown

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Central Business District (CBD) Team have arrested and charged Christopher Ritter-Lucas, age 16, as an adult with crimes to include possession of a controlled dangerous substance and firearm-related offenses to include possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a minor (under the age of 21), and knowingly altering a firearm identification number.

On Friday, September 27, at approximately 3:50 p.m., 5th District CBD officers responded to a call for service at the Target store located at 20908 Frederick Road in Germantown.  A store employee called police to report that two males, one of whom had been asked to leave the store on a previous occasion, were trespassing.  The first arriving officer approached the two juveniles as they exited the bathroom and after informing them that they were trespassing and that the officer needed to also speak to Ritter-Lucas about a different ongoing criminal matter, the two juveniles fled on foot.  Officers pursued and Ritter-Lucas and the other 16-year-old male suspect were taken into custody.

Officers recovered a revolver inside of Ritter-Lucas’ backpack; the serial number on the gun had been obliterated.  Marijuana was also found in his backpack.

Marijuana was found in the other juvenile’s possession.

During a police interview, Ritter-Lucas made an admission that his purpose of going to the bathroom in the Target store was to conduct a drug transaction.

Ritter-Lucas was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged as an adult.  He has been released on bond.

The 16-year-old male was charged as a minor with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing and hindering and was released to the custody of his guardian.

Fifth District Commander Mark Plazinski says of the arrest, “I am very proud of the response of our officers.  They were able to apprehend these juvenile offenders, one who was armed with a handgun, without injuries to any resident, officer, or the offenders.  Their efforts reflect positively on the police department.”

A photo of Ritter-Lucas will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Suspect Arrested After Fleeing Traffic Stop and Throwing Gun Out of Vehicle Window

An officer from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Alcohol Initiatives Unit (AIU) has arrested and charged Kenneth Buckner, age 30, of Madison Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., with crimes to include drug possession and firearm-related offenses.

On Friday, September 27, at approximately 11:40 p.m., the AIU officer was on routine patrol and conducting traffic enforcement when he observed the driver of a vehicle, later identified as Buckner, commit a traffic violation at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road in Silver Spring.  The officer initiated a traffic stop and while speaking with Buckner about the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Buckner accelerated and drove off at a high rate of speed.  Buckner then violated numerous traffic laws to include driving through two red lights.  He threw an unknown object out of the passenger window of the car on Cameron Street.  Buckner stopped his vehicle on Spring Street at Cameron Street and was arrested.

Officers recovered the loaded handgun that Buckner had thrown from the vehicle.

Officers conducted a search of the inside of the vehicle and located suspected marijuana.

Records indicate that the gun is registered to Buckner.

Buckner was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with offenses to include possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle, reckless endangerment, and possession of marijuana.  He has been released on bond.

Kenneth Buckner

Third District Officers Locate Handgun and Drugs During Traffic Stop

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Vision Lewis, age 27, of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, with crimes to include drug possession, drug distribution, and firearm-related offenses.

On August 16, at approximately 6:00 p.m., 3rd District officers were monitoring the White Oak area of Silver Spring when an officer observed what he believed to be a drug transaction between an individual on foot and a person in a vehicle.  The officer conducted a traffic stop of the SUV believed to be involved in the drug transaction.  The driver was identified as Lewis.

A K9 trained in the detection of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) conducted a scan of the SUV and indicated the presence of CDS.  Officers conducted a search of the inside of the vehicle as a result of the positive K9 scan and located a handgun, cocaine, suspected marijuana, and currency.

It was determined that Lewis is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior criminal conviction.

Lewis was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.

Vision Lewis