Detectives Investigate Homicide in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, are investigating a homicide that occurred last night in Germantown.

On April 16, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for a shooting that had just occurred in the 18700 block of Curry Powder Lane in Germantown.

Responding officers from the 5th District arrived on the scene to find an adult male and a juvenile male suffering from gunshot wounds.  They were subsequently transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Two additional adult male victims were identified who left the scene in an attempt to get to a local hospital.  One of the adult males had non-life threatening injuries of a non-specified nature.  The second adult male shooting victim succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators are identifying the deceased victim as Tray Dawkins, age 18, of Germantown.

Preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the four victims were standing in the parking lot of the 18700 block of Curry Powder Lane when an unknown suspect or suspects began shooting at the group.  The suspect or suspects fled the scene prior to the arrival of responding officers.  At this time, it is not believed this incident is a random event.

Detectives urge anyone with information regarding the incident or information about the suspect or suspects involved with this incident to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. 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).  Tipsters may remain anonymous.



Clarksburg Man Arrested in Virginia on Homicide Charges; Tied to Two Incidents in Montgomery County

Muhammad Taha

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections, have charged Muhammad Taha, age 29, of the 23300 block of Observation Drive in Clarksburg, with crimes related to two incidents occurring in Germantown and Gaithersburg.  The same individual was arrested in Prince William County, Virginia, and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run, and other charges for events that occurred on March 24, 2019, in the Manassas area.

On March 22, 2019, officers from the 6th District responded to the Islamic Center of Maryland Mosque located at 19411 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg, for the report of an injured person.  Investigation revealed that the victim was walking on the property when he was struck by a vehicle which then fled the area.  The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Surveillance footage was able to capture parts of the incident.  A description of the vehicle and evidence was recovered on the scene.

On March 24, 2019, officers from the 5th District responded to the Islamic Society of Germantown located at 19825 Blunt Road in Germantown, for the report of a suspicious situation.  Investigation revealed a vehicle had been seen circling the parking lot before the driver exited the vehicle and used a brick to vandalize a parked vehicle in the lot.  The driver then drove away from the scene after striking an additional parked car.

Later in the day on March 24, 2019, the same suspect struck and killed a woman with his vehicle in the area of the 9600 block of Cloverhill Road, in Manassas, Virginia.  Prince William County Police, based off of a lookout placed by the Manassas City Police, were able to find the vehicle and suspect matching the description of the homicide nearby.  Muhammad Taha was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run and other charges related to the incident.

Detectives from the 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections have now connected all the events to Muhammed Taha.  Taha has been charged with following offenses:

CR 2-206  Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

CR 3-202 1st Degree Assault

CR 6-301  Malicious Destruction of Property (2 counts)

Representatives of all six police districts have been in communication with the Mosques within Montgomery County since the initial event occurred.

Detectives believe these are isolated events related directly to Taha who remains in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on a no bond status.

The Montgomery County Department of Police wish to thank the Manassas City Police Department and the Prince William County Police for their assistance with this case.



Two Suspects Charged in November 2013 Aspen Hill Homicide; Third Suspect Identified

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, Cold Case Section have charged Trevon Derick Davis, age 28, of the 600 block of Romsford Drive in Hyattsville, and Bryan Donte Byrd, age 28, of the 3000 block of 25th Street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., with first-degree murder for the November 6, 2013 homicide of 34-year-old Alexander Benson Buie.

Investigators have also obtained an arrest warrant related to Buie’s murder that charges Vaughn Darvel Bellamy, age 28, of the 18700 block of Roxbury Road in Hagerstown, with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and first-degree burglary. Bellamy is currently incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution located in Hagerstown, for an unrelated homicide that occurred in 2014.  Bellamy has yet to be served with the Montgomery County arrest warrant.

On November 6 at approximately 10:50 p.m., 4th District officers responded for the report of a shooting inside a residence in the 13400 block of Grenoble Drive.  Officers arrived on the scene and found Buie suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Buie was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that three suspects entered the residence by knocking on the front door and then forcing their way inside.  At least one suspect was armed with a handgun.  The suspects confronted three adult males in the home, one of whom was Buie.  A struggle ensued and Buie was shot.  The suspects then fled the residence.  Neither of the other two victims was injured.

During the investigation, detectives identified Davis, Byrd, and Bellamy as the suspects in Buie’s homicide.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis and Byrd charging them with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and armed robbery.

On March 6, 2019, Byrd was arrested in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.   Byrd was extradited to Montgomery County on March 13.  He was released after posting a $150,000 bond.

On March 20, 2019, Davis was arrested in Washington, D.C. on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.  He remains incarcerated in the District of Columbia pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Bond information for Davis will be available once he has been extradited to Montgomery County.  Bond information for Bellamy will be available once he has been served with the Montgomery County arrest warrant.


** Note: mugshots for Davis and Bellamy are not yet available. **

Bryan Donte Byrd

Cold Case Detectives Identify Suspect of Unsolved Rapes and Murder; DNA and Genealogy Helped Solve the Crimes

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Cold Case Section have identified the suspect who committed a 1989 rape of a 53-year-old female and the 1994 rape and murder of 44-year-old Le Bich-Thuy.  The suspect, identified as Kenneth Earl Day, died in March 2017 in Upshur County, West Virginia, at the age of 52.

The two unsolved crimes in which Day has been determined to be the suspect are:

  • Rape
    • On June 25, 1989, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the 52-year-old victim was walking on Lewis Avenue in Rockville when the suspect approached her from behind, assaulted her, and raped her. Suspect DNA evidence was recovered.


  • Rape and Homicide
    • On October 3, 1994, Le Bich-Thuy, age 42, was located deceased to the side of her home in the 1600 block of Martha Terrace in Rockville. The investigation by detectives revealed that Le Bich-Thuy had been assaulted, raped, and then strangled.  Investigators further determined that Le Bich-Thuy was last known to be alive at approximately 10:00 p.m. on September 28, 1994 as she left the Twinbrook Metro Station in Rockville.  Suspect DNA evidence was recovered.

During the investigation of these crimes, an analysis of the suspect DNA left at these two scenes determined that the same suspect committed both rapes and murder.  The suspect’s DNA was entered into a national DNA database (Combined DNA Index System – CODIS) but there was no match.  Despite extensive investigative efforts, these cases remained unsolved.

In 2017, Cold Case detectives sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, or the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Using the suspect’s DNA left at these scenes, Parabon’s Shapshot DNA Phenotyping Service produced what is referred to as a Snapshot composite depicting how the suspect in these cases may have looked and predicting his ancestry.  In hopes of generating new leads in these cases, detectives released the composite to the public and hoped that someone would recognize him.

More recently, Parabon submitted a genetic data profile of the suspect’s DNA to the publicly available genetic genealogy database, GEDmatch, in order to potentially find individuals who shared a significant amount of DNA with the unknown suspect.

Additional investigation, which included genealogy research, was then conducted by Cold Case investigators and led to the identification of Day as the suspect of these rapes and murder.

It was determined that Day had died in Upshur County, West Virginia, in March 2017.  Detectives obtained a sample of Day’s DNA taken from his autopsy.  The Montgomery County Department of Police – Crime Laboratory processed Day’s DNA and determined that it was a positive match to the suspect’s DNA profile taken as evidence from both crime scenes.

At this time, the Cold Case Section continues to investigate Day’s possible involvement in other unsolved crimes.  Photographs of Kenneth Earl Day taken at various dates and a list of Day’s prior known addresses with the approximate dates he lived at those locations are below.

Anyone with information about Kenneth Earl Day is asked to call the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, Cold Case Section at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Prior known addresses for Kenneth Earl Day with approximate dates:

1989: 500 block of Beall Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

1988: 100 block of Willowdale Drive, Frederick, MD 21702

1990-1991: 20000 block of Frederick Road, Germantown, MD 20876

1990: Unit block of Whetstone Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

1992: 11700 block of Zebrawood Court, Germantown MD 20876

1993-1994: 12300 block of Selfridge Road, Silver Spring MD 20906

1994-2000 block of Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20851

1997-1999: 14400 block of Belvedere Drive, Woodbridge VA 22193

2002-2004: 11800 block of Renner Road, Keymar, MD 21757

Late 2000’s: 10300 block of Mumma Ford Road, Rocky Ridge, MD 21778

Late 2000’s: Unit block of Heavner Grove Road, Buchannon, WV 26201

Kenneth Earl Day – 1989 – age 24

Parabon composite of suspect at 25 years of age.








Kenneth Earl Day – 1994 – age 29


Kenneth Earl Day – 1999 – age 34

Kenneth Earl Day – 2001 – age 36

Kenneth Earl Day – 2003 – age 38

Kenneth Earl Day – 2005 – age 40


Parabon composite of suspect at ~60 years of age.

Suspect Arrested in January 2017 Double-Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the double-homicide that occurred on January 10, 2017, at the Westfield Wheaton Mall.  Today, detectives have arrested and charged a suspect in the double-homicide.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at approximately 3:17 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call for an assault and possible stabbings that had just occurred inside of the Westfield Wheaton Mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton. Officers from the 4th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the mall and located Kevin Siloe Moya Cruz and Angel Alfredo Gomez-Pineda on the lower level of the mall suffering from apparent stab wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

After an extensive investigation, King Yassin Leigh-Conteh, age 19, of the 8700 Block of Colesville Road in Silver Spring, was developed as a suspect in the double-homicide.  A search warrant was executed at his residence and items of evidentiary value were recovered.  Detectives were granted an arrest warrant for Leigh-Conteh, who was arrested today on the strength of the arrest warrant.  Leigh-Conteh is being charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder.

Leigh-Conteh was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU).  Bond information is currently unavailable.

This remains on ongoing and active investigation.  Detectives ask anyone with additional information regarding the double homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crimes 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 of the suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

King Yassin Leigh-Conteh