Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism to Wilson Wims Elementary School

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police -5th District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism that occurred to the Wilson Wims Elementary School located at 12520 Blue Sky Drive in Clarksburg.

On Thursday, June 18, a Wilson Wims Elementary School employee reported to police that she had discovered racially-themed words spray-painted on a sidewalk near the side of the school.

On Wednesday, June 24, an additional Wilson Wims Elementary School employee reported that he had discovered racially-themed words spray-painted on the roof overhang of a portable classroom.

Investigators believe that the vandalism occurred sometime between June 17 and June 18.  Detectives are asking residents who live near the school and who have home surveillance cameras, to review their surveillance video during the June 17 to June 18 time frame for any suspicious activity at or around the school.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the suspect(s) is asked to contact the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477).

Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery and Assault as a Hate Crime

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating an armed robbery and assault committed by two suspects who appeared to target the victim based on the victim’s perceived sexual orientation.

On the evening of February 28, at approximately 10:17 pm, the victim was walking in the area of the 900 block of Navahoe Drive in Silver Spring.  Two suspects confronted the victim and demanded the victim’s money and belongings, referring to the victim using a slur referencing the perceived sexual orientation of the victim.  The two suspects proceeded to assault the victim then take the victim’s belongings.  The suspects then fled in an unknown direction.  The victim subsequently received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspects are both described as black males, wearing black ski masks, blue or black shoes, dark pants and black hooded jackets.

This incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  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 felony crime.

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