Germantown Man Arrested after Officers Intervene in Attempted Murder Incident

Zain Imdad

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested a Germantown man  for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and additional charges related to an incident that occurred on April 15, 2019, in Germantown.

On April 15, the suspect, identified as Zain Imdad, age 28. of Germantown, entered a residence in the 14000 block of Jump Drive in Germantown, where the female adult victim was residing.  The victim had a protective order against Imdad, with whom she had a previous relationship.  Imdad proceeded to take the victim and other family members within the household hostage, threatening them with a handgun.  Imdad was allegedly distraught over the ending of the relationship with the victim, and informed the victim and other family members that he was going to kill everyone if the victim did not reconcile the relationship.  Imdad also told the victim and family that he would kill them if the police showed up and then shoot the police.  One of the family members was able to notify police of the incident via the Emergency Communications Systems (911).

Officers from the 5th District responded and evaluated the situation.  Though facing an armed suspect threatening to kill the victim and family, officers placed themselves in peril by making immediate entry and confronting Imdad, who was now holding the victim with a knife to her throat.  Officers were able to wrestle the weapon away from Imdad, arrest him, and free the victim and her family.

Zain Imdad Equipment

Further investigation found that Imdad had brought a backpack with him to the residence containing a suicide intention note, a black replica handgun, a fixed blade knife, duct tape, five pairs of handcuffs, para-cord, and bottles containing an unknown substance.  Imdad had told the victim and family that we was planning to kill them then drink poison.  The substance in the bottles was removed and being analyzed for their content.

Without the assistance of the family members and the immediate action by the responding officers, the outcomes achieved during this incident could have been very different.

Zain Imdad was charged with the following:

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • 1st Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • 2nd Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • Home Invasion
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Reckless Endangerment (5 counts)
  • Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Weapon
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon w/ Intent to Injure

Detectives are asking that anyone with additional information regarding Zain Imdad, should contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

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Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery in Bethesda; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed a home invasion robbery in Bethesda.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the March 30 robbery that occurred inside a home in Bethesda. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, March 30 at approximately 4:46 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 6800 block of Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, the adult female victim had been out with friends in the downtown Bethesda area when she ordered a ridesharing service back to her residence.  The suspect arrived at the victim’s location and the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle believing that he was the driver for the rideshare that she had ordered.  The suspect drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment.  The victim stated to detectives that she told the driver that she had paid for the rideshare through the rideshare’s app and that she did not owe the driver additional money.  The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator.  While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse.   The suspect then followed the victim off the elevator and into her apartment.   Once in the victim’s apartment, the suspect stole property and then fled.

Further investigation by detectives determined that the suspect did not work for any ridesharing companies.

Detectives urge anyone with information about the suspect or this home invasion robbery to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery in Bethesda Area; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the February 19 robbery that occurred inside a home in the Bethesda area. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the two male suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Tuesday, February 19 at approximately 2:25 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 7700 block of Bradley Boulevard for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that the two suspects forced entry into the home through a side door that led to a studio area of the residence. The homeowner, who was monitoring his home video surveillance system, observed the two male suspects inside the studio and confronted them. The suspects fled from the residence and entered a black, hatchback vehicle that was parked outside.

The suspects then exited the vehicle and re-entered the home. The homeowner observed the two suspects back inside the residence and confronted one suspect.  During the confrontation with the first suspect, the second suspect stole property from the home. Both suspects then fled from the residence again and were last seen leaving the area in that black vehicle.

Detectives urge anyone with information about the suspects or this home invasion robbery to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers 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).

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Suspect #1 in Bethesda area home invasion robbery.

Suspect #2 in Bethesda area home invasion robbery.

One Suspect Charged for Darnestown Home Invasion Robbery

Sheraz Shoukat Shah

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Sheraz Shoukat Shah, age 25, of the 28400 block of Kemptown Road in Damascus with home invasion robbery, and firearm-related offenses following an October 27 home invasion that occurred at a Darnestown residence.

On Saturday, October 27 at approximately 9:27 p.m., 1st District officers responded to a residence in the 14600 block of Seneca Road for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that four male suspects, who were wearing masks and one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced entry into the occupied home.  The suspects confronted the residents in the home and demanded property from the home. The suspect who was armed with the handgun assaulted an adult male resident by striking him in the head with the handgun.   The suspects obtained property from the home and from the residents and fled.

During the investigation, detectives developed Shah as the suspect who was armed with the handgun.  On November 7, Shah was arrested at his residence on the strength of an arrest warrant charging him with home invasion, armed robbery, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.   He is currently being held without bond.

Detectives continue to investigate this home invasion robbery and have reason to believe that this robbery was not a random event.

Anyone who has information about this home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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 for this crime.

Suspect Charged with Home Invasion and Kidnapping of 80-Year-Old Potomac Resident

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged 39-year-old Robert Dove with the home invasion of a Potomac residence and the kidnapping of its female resident.

Investigators have determined that on October 14 at approximately 4:00 p.m., an 80-year-old resident of a home located on Stable Way in Potomac answered a knock on her front door.  At the door was a male, later identified as Dove, who stated that he was there to inspect the roof.  The victim, thinking that it was odd that someone would inspect the roof on a Sunday, began to question his legitimacy.  Dove shoved the victim and entered the home.  He produced a knife and demanded money and jewelry.  The victim gave Dove cash and a piece of jewelry.  Dove then told the victim he wanted her to drive to an ATM and get more money.

The victim engaged Dove in conversation.  Dove told the victim his name and stated that he was currently participating in a pre-release program.  He explained that he had left the center and not returned as required so he would be wanted by the police for leaving the program.

Not knowing how she was going to get out of the situation, the victim suggested that the two go for a drive in her vehicle.  Dove agreed and before leaving the home, placed the necklace he had taken from the victim on a table.  Dove instructed the victim to drive to a farm in Poolseville as he explained that he was from that area and wanted to show her a farm where he used to hunt.

After driving to the farm, the victim told Dove that she was hungry and wanted to eat.  (The victim later explained to investigators that she wanted to get to a place where she was around other people).  Dove suggested that they go to a restaurant located in Poolesville.  Dove knew numerous patrons at the restaurant and he introduced the victim as his “friend.”  (During the investigation, the victim explained that she was worried if she escaped from Dove and she was able to call police, that Dove would get out of jail at some point and hurt her or ask someone to hurt her).

Once Dove and the victim finished their meals, Dove suggested that the two return to the victim’s residence.  Fearing what actions Dove might take at the home, the victim said that she would pay the bill for Dove to stay at a hotel.  The victim drove to a hotel on Rockville Pike and paid for Dove to stay in a room for three nights.  Dove told the victim to drive straight home and to call him once she got there.  The victim drove to a friend’s home and told the friend what had occurred.  The friend urged the victim to call police but the victim was fearful that if she called police and Dove found out that he would hurt her .  The victim also thought it was possible that Dove might turn himself into authorities because she had encouraged him to do so throughout the day.

During the time that Dove was with the victim, a warrant was issued for his arrest for second-degree escape for violating his pre-release agreement.  On October 15, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Dove was staying at a hotel in Rockville.  Sheriff deputies located Dove at a hotel (the hotel where the victim had paid the bill for Dove) and took him into custody.

In the afternoon of October 15, the Police Department received a call from the 80-year-old victim reporting what had occurred.  Detectives developed Dove as a suspect and determined that Dove had lived at the victim’s address prior to the victim living there.   Dove was interviewed by detectives and confessed to the home invasion and kidnapping of the victim.  He was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, first-degree assault, and kidnapping.  Dove has bond review in Rockville District Court today at 1:00 p.m.