Detectives Investigate Death in Burtonsville as Homicide

Update: May 22, 2018, at 10:35 am – The victim is identified as Francesco Michael DiGiovanni, age 45, of the 1000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville.  At the time of this incident, DiGiovanni was working as a pizza delivery driver.

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Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult male in Burtonsville as a homicide.

On Monday, May 21, at approximately 11:14 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Aldora Circle in Burtonsville.

Third district officers responded to the area and located an adult male with trauma to his body inside of a vehicle on Ballinger Drive at Autumn Glen Circle.  Officers and Fire & Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures but the victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of the victim’s death.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this investigation to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

RLI

Detectives Investigate Triple Homicide in Brookeville; Suspect Deceased

On Monday, May 7, at approximately 3:44 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for a possible domestic situation involving a person with a gun in the 22000 block of Brown Farm Way in Brookeville.  Each caller had various pieces of information and 911 call takers worked to gather as many details as possible.  During some of the 911 calls, call takers heard what sounded like gunshots in the background.

Officers responded to 22002 Brown Farm Way and located three adults deceased at the home.  All three victims had been shot.  The victims are being identified as:

– Mary Ann Olson, age 66, of the residence located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.

– Danny Lee Murphy, age 70, of East Spearfish Drive in Brandon, South Dakota.  He was visiting the residents of 22002 Brown Farm Way.

– Craig Harold Shotwell, age 54, of Wards Chapel Road in Owings Mills, Maryland.  He was performing work at the residence located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.

Officers secured the home and determined that the suspect had fled.

Officers learned that three other adults who had also been home at the time of the shooting had escaped from the home unharmed.  One of those adults was the suspect’s wife.  The suspect was identified as Christopher Wilson Snyder, age 41, of 22001 Brown Farm Way.  Officers believed that after Snyder shot the victims, he fled to his home.

Additional officers, to include tactical units and negotiators, responded to the scene.  Officers confirmed that Snyder was in his home and set up a perimeter around the area.  Negotiators began talking to Snyder via telephone in an attempt to get him to surrender.  The negotiations lasted several hours.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., tactical officers forced entry into Snyder’s residence via the front door.  Snyder, who was talking to a negotiator on the phone, asked if the police had just broke in the front door and then hung up the phone.  Tactical officers then heard a single gunshot.

Snyder was located deceased inside of his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate these homicides.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting the Department with the investigation.  While the motive of these shootings is still under investigation, Snyder’s wife stated to investigators that she had been held in the home against her will by her husband Snyder during the weekend and found the opportunity to escape to her neighbor’s home located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.  Investigators believe this caused Snyder to go to that neighbor’s home where he shot and killed the three victims.

 

Update: Suspect Arrested for Bel Pre Area Homicide

On Sunday, May 6, the Police Department was notified that Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, wanted for the first-degree murder of his wife, had been arrested in the area of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, by the Federal Police (La Policía Federal) on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant.

Dempster II has been extradited to the United States and will return to Montgomery County when the domestic extradition process is complete.

RLI

ARRESTED: Ruel Francis Dempster II

Update: Bel Pre Area Death Investigated as Homicide; Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, for the first-degree murder of his wife, Alice Mino Dennis, age 34, of the same address.  Today, investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Dempster II.

On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 11:04 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) received a call to check Dempster II and Dennis’ welfare.  The complainant, a family member of Demspter II and Dennis, had been unable to contact them for several days.

Officers responded to the couple’s Bel Pre Road apartment and located Dennis deceased on the kitchen floor.  She had suffered trauma to her upper body.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore ruled her death a homicide.

Dempster II, the victim’s husband, could not be located.  Detectives noted that many of his personal items were gone from the apartment.

Through investigation, Major Crimes detectives have determined that Dempster II murdered his wife after a domestic dispute.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Investigators are seeking information from the public regarding the whereabouts of Dempster II.  Detectives have received information that Dempster II was seen in Baltimore on the afternoon of April 17.

Anyone with information about Dempster’s whereabouts is urged to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line) or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.

WANTED FOR MURDER: Ruel Dempster II

Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, is described as an African male, approximately 6’00” tall and 180 pounds.  Dempster has a prominent gold front tooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RLI

 

Update: Suspect Arrested for Germantown Homicide

Quinnton Eric Brown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested Quinnton Eric Brown, age 30, of the 8900 block of Footed Ridge in Columbia, Maryland, for the homicide of 30-year-old Maurice Cortez Mercer of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown.

On January 3 at approximately 3:51 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way for the report of a suspicious situation.  First responders located Mercer deceased in his residence from an apparent gunshot wound.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Mercer’s death as a homicide by gunshot wound.

During the initial investigation, detectives collected forensic evidence that linked Brown to the scene. Further interviews by detectives revealed that Brown had visited Mercer’s residence several days prior to the murder and it appeared that Mercer was concerned and fearful after the visit.

On April 10, detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Brown with first-degree murder.   On April 12, Brown was arrested on the strength of the warrant.  He is currently being held without bond.

Thank you to special agents from the ATF Baltimore Field Division’s Hyattsville I Field Office who assisted officers with forensic testing of evidence (a McDonald’s bag) at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville.

RLG