Update: Two Additional Suspects Arrested for May 28 Homicide in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of Sulaiman Jalloh, age 24, from the 10700 block of Begonia Lane in Bowie, that occurred on Sunday, May 28, outside the Days Inn located at 8040 13th Street in Silver Spring.

On May 29, detectives announced the arrests of two individuals Ruben Ortiz and Shanee Collette Cox, and that they were looking for additional suspects.

The brother of Ruben Ortiz was developed as a suspect, a warrant was obtained, and he was arrested on June 11. Antonio Ortiz, age 22, of the 1900 block of Rosemary Hills Drive in Silver Spring was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. He is currently being held without bond.

Through the course of the investigation James Polk Jackson, age 23, of an unconfirmed address, was also developed as a suspect. He was arrested in Alexandria on Wednesday, June 14 and charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. After extradition back to Montgomery County, he is also currently being held without bond.

The investigation developed that prior to the fatal assault, Jalloh and his friends had been approached by Ruben Ortiz and Cox on May 27 at the Silver Spring Metro Station. Ruben Ortiz and Cox offered to sell Jalloh marijuana and they agreed to meet in front of the Days Inn for the transaction. The two groups met just after 11 p.m., but instead of purchasing marijuana, Jalloh’s group robbed Ruben Ortiz of cash and his shoes.

Later, Ruben Ortiz and his small group went to Jalloh’s Days Inn room and demanded the return of the shoes and cash. The cash and shoes were returned.

Just before 2:30 a.m., Jalloh left his room and walked to the parking lot of the Days Inn. There he was assaulted by a group which included Ruben Ortiz, Cox, Antonio Ortiz and Jackson. During that assault, Jalloh was beaten, stabbed, and robbed.

After the assault, Jalloh went back to his hotel room and police were called. Jalloh was transported to and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Detectives continue to work toward identifying additional suspects in this case.
Anyone with information in reference to this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. 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 in this case.

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James Polk Jackson

Antonio Ortiz

Update: Three Suspects Arrested for the June 5 Double Homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov

On the night of Saturday, June 17, Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger announced the arrests of three suspects responsible for the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5, while the victims were inside a blue Honda Civic parked in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village.

Earlier on June 17, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, age 24, of the 100 block of Lamont Lane in Gaithersburg, Roger Garcia, age 19, of the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, age 25, of the 18400 block of Cape Jasmine Way in Gaithersburg, were arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Involvement from members of the community helped facilitate this investigation, which led to today’s arrests.

During the investigation it was learned from a friend of Najjar’s that Najjar had committed a drug-related robbery in December of 2016 or January of 2017, where it was rumored that he had stolen drugs from a female during a drug transaction.

It was also learned from the same friend that just prior to this death, Najjar told the friend that he was planning to sell a graduation ticket to an individual named Roger Garcia. That was the last communication Najjar had prior to his death. It occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Detectives developed that Roger Garcia’s brother, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, was shot on February 10, 2017 during a botched drug deal, also in Montgomery Village. Garcia-Gaona was reported to have been carrying a weapon and did exchange gunshots with his assailants.

A friend of Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Jose Canales-Yanez, was determined to be the boyfriend (now possibly husband) of Kara Yanez. Kara Yanez is believed to be the victim of the rumored drug-related robbery committed by Najjar. In a report filed by Kara Yanez on December 14, 2016, Yanez stated that she was approached by a blue Honda Civic while she was walking, and a front-seat passenger grabbed her Apple iPad. She was dragged by the car for approximately 50 feet.

The developing motive for the shooting is that it was in retaliation for Najjar’s robbery of Kara Yanez. At this time, it is unknown if there was a motive for the killing of Ziberov, or if his death was incidental to the killing of Najjar.

“Although detectives have made these three arrests, this by no means should be interpreted that the investigation has concluded,” said Chief Manger. “These most recent developments are the result of the community taking an active role in this investigation. It is believed that, considering the progress made over the past 36 hours, there are additional sources of information who have yet to come forward.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those wishing to remain anonymous, may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, which is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to additional arrests and indictments. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

All three suspects arrested on June 17, are being held without bond. They are currently scheduled to have bail review hearings on Monday, June 19 at 1 p.m.

Previous Press Releases:

Detectives Investigate Double Homicide in Montgomery Village

Update: Victims’ Identities Released in Montgomery Village Homicide; Detectives Request Community Assistance

Update: Major Crimes Detectives Continue to Investigate Double Homicide; Urging Those With Information to Call Police

Edgar Garcia-Gaona

Roger Garcia

Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez

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Media Advisory: Chief Manger and Major Crimes Division Detectives Announce Arrests for the June 5 Double Homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov

WHAT:

Press Conference to announce the arrests of the persons developed as responsible for the double homicide of the two Northwest High School students, 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5 in Montgomery Village.

WHEN:

Tonight, Saturday, June 17 at 10:30
No further details of these arrests can be confirmed prior to the press conference.

Members of the Media are asked to arrive early enough to allow time for the security check-in process and escort to lower level.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

SPEAKERS:

Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger
Director of the Major Crimes Division Captain Darren Francke

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Update: Major Crimes Detectives Continue to Investigate Double Homicide; Urging Those With Information To Call Police

Major Crimes detectives continue to work to identify the suspects responsible for the double homicide of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred in Montgomery Village on Monday, June 5.

Today, June 16, at a press conference at the Public Safety Headquarters, the Director of the Major Crimes Division provided the following information about the ongoing investigation:

Detectives do not believe that these homicides were a random act.  They believe that there is more than one suspect and that there was a connection between the suspects and one or both victims.  The connection and motive remain under investigation.

Detectives confirmed that they located 30 shell casings from multi- caliber firearms at the scene.  One of the victims was struck ten times.  The other victim was struck four times.  (Detectives are not releasing which specific victim is associated with the number of shots at this time).  Other rounds hit the vehicle and went into the neighborhood.

Detectives have confirmed that an audio recording from a Montgomery Village resident’s home security system did capture the sound of the gunshots that resulted in these homicides.  The recording had previously been independently obtained by some media outlets.

Detectives believe that there are still people who have information about these homicides who have not come forward to police.  The Department urges anyone who has information about this double homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Media Advisory: Major Crimes Division To Provide Update On Double Homicide Investigation; Urging Those With Information To Call Police

WHAT:

Press Conference regarding the current status of the ongoing investigation to identify the suspects(s) responsible for the double homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov that occurred in Montgomery Village on Monday, June 5.

SPEAKER:

Captain Darren Francke – Director of the Major Crimes Division

WHEN:

TODAY, Friday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Media: Please arrive early to allow time for the security check-in process.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

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