Suspect Arrested in Silver Spring Homicide

Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, have arrested Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora, age 23, for the homicide of Edras Armando Munoz, that occurred on May 8, 2019 in front of 8528 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  Manzano-Mora has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.

On Wednesday, May 8 at approximately 10:55 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a shopping center located at 8528 Piney Branch Road for the report of a dispute in the parking lot.  During the dispute Manzano-Mora stabbed Munoz.  Responding officers located Munoz in the parking lot of the shopping center suffering from a stab wound to his body.   Munoz was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information regarding this homicide is asked 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).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Update: Victim’s Identity Released in Silver Spring Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of an adult male that occurred last night in Silver Spring

The victim is identified as Edras Armando Munoz, age 30, of an unconfirmed address.

Yesterday evening, at approximately 10:55, officers from the 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a shopping center located at 8528 Piney Branch Road for the report of a dispute in the parking lot.  Responding officers located Munoz in the parking lot of the shopping center suffering from apparent trauma to his body.   Munoz was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked 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).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Homicide in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, are investigating the homicide of an adult male that occurred last night in Silver Spring.

On Wednesday, May 8 at approximately 10:55 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a shopping center located at 8528 Piney Branch Road for the report of a dispute in the parking lot.  Responding officers located the victim in the parking lot of the shopping center suffering from apparent trauma to his body.   The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked 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).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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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.

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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.

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