Detectives Investigate Death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba

The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division is currently investigating the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba that occurred this morning in Silver Spring.

Today at approximately 8:49 a.m., Officer Thomas J. Bomba of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District was on routine patrol when he radioed to the dispatcher that he had been flagged down by someone regarding disorderly subjects in the public parking garage located on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. There was no additional communication from Officer Bomba. Additional officers responded to the area to assist him with the call.

The first assisting officer located Officer Bomba on the top level of the garage suffering from a  gunshot wound and immediately radioed for additional support to include Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the scene and Officer Bomba was subsequently transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Thomas Bomba, age 38, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Services Division in the 3rd District. He is survived by his wife and two children.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information  to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Update: Suspect Arrested for Germantown Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Kyle Martin Noble, age 27, of an unconfirmed address, with the first-degree murder of 31-year-old Efrain Arias of an unconfirmed address.

The investigation revealed that Arias (the victim) arrived at the Extended Stay America Hotel in a vehicle. Arias was confronted by Noble as he exited the vehicle.  Noble chased Arias into a field adjacent to the parking lot of the hotel where he assaulted him and fled the scene.  A witness located Arias deceased in the field with trauma to his upper body.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has ruled Arias’ manner of death as a homicide.

Yesterday, September 17, Noble was arrested by officers on the strength of a criminal warrant.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and is being held without bond.

Kyle Noble

Police Investigating Homicide in Germantown

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

On Sunday, September 15, at approximately 6:20 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the area of the 12500 block of Milestone Center Drive for the report of a injured person in the field behind the Extended Stay Hotel.  When officers arrived, they located an adult black male who was deceased.  The victim had signs of trauma to the upper body.  The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s cause of death.

The identity of the victim will be released once family have been notified.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Update: Victim’s Identity Released in Germantown Homicide

The victim in the September 9 homicide that occurred in the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle has been identified as Jennifer Sparks, age 39, of an unconfirmed address.

On Monday, September 9th, at approximately 8:51 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a residence in the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle for the report of an assault that had just occurred.  During the investigation, detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division arrested and charged Lawrence Edward Sakkestad, age 34, of the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle, for homicide.

Officers who had responded to the call at Sakkestad’s residence observed that Sakkestad appeared to have been involved in an assault.  During a check for any additional victims inside the home, officers located Sparks deceased in the home.   During the initial investigation, Sakkestad made statements indicating involvement in Sparks’ homicide.  Sakkestad was placed under arrest.  Sparks’ body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine her cause of death.

Sakkestad was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

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Detectives Investigate Homicide in Germantown

Lawrence Edward Sakkestad
(Note: A current mugshot for Sakkestad is not available. This mugshot is from a prior arrest in 2016.)

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Lawrence Edward Sakkestad, age 34, of the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle, for a homicide that occurred last night in Germantown.

On Monday, September 9, at approximately 8:51 p.m., 5th District officers responded to a residence in the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

Officers who had responded to the call at Sakkestad’s residence observed that Sakkestad appeared to have been involved in an assault.  During a check for any additional victims inside the home, officers located a deceased adult female.   During the initial investigation, Sakkestad made statements indicating involvement in the homicide of the female.  Sakkestad was placed under arrest.  The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s cause of death.

Sakkestad was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree murder.  Sakkestad is being held without bond.

At this time, no further information is available.  Detectives are still working to identify the victim.  Her identity will be released once family has been notified.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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