Update: Three Suspects Arrested for July 19 Homicide in Silver Spring Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Re’Quan Kasim Hopson, age 21, of the 1900 block of South Kenmore Street in Arlington, Virginia, Oliver Waltz Farley, age 19, of the 1500 block of South Randolph Street in Arlington, Virginia, and Brian Anthony Mackall, age 20, of the 4100 block of Suitland Road in Suitland, Maryland for the homicide of 20-year-old Jon-Christian Kemachet-Webster.  The homicide occurred on July 19 in the home where Kemachet-Webster and his family lived in the 1600 block of Belvedere Boulevard in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring.

On Wednesday, July 19 at approximately 9:51 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from an occupant of a residence in the 1600 block of Belvedere Boulevard who reported that a suspect had entered the home and had shot one of the other occupants of the house.  The caller further stated that the suspect had fled from the home after the shooting.  Third District officers responded to the residence and located the victim on the upper level of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the house and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators have confirmed that this homicide is related to the illegal distribution of marijuana.  Detectives determined that Hopson, Farley, and Mackall arrived at the victim’s home to purchase a large quantity of marijuana shortly before the homicide.  The victim invited Farley and Mackall into the home while Hopson waited in a vehicle that was parked on Belvedere Boulevard.  After entering the home, Farley and Mackall proceeded upstairs with the victim to the victim’s bedroom.  Once they were upstairs, the victim was shot.  Farley and Mackall then fled from the home.  Mackall entered the vehicle being driven by Hopson and these two suspects then fled from the area.  Farley fled from the home and was later driven from the area by an Uber driver.

On July 20, Hopson was arrested by Arlington County, Virginia, Police Department officers for offenses that occurred in Arlington and were unrelated to this homicide.  Montgomery County Police detectives responded to Arlington County and interviewed Hopson regarding the Kemachet-Webster homicide investigation.  During the interview, Hopson admitted to driving both Farley and Mackall to the victim’s home to purchase marijuana and then to driving Mackall from the home after the homicide.  Montgomery County Police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Hopson, charging him with first-degree murder.  Hopson is currently being held in the Arlington County Jail pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Subsequent to Hopson’s arrest, Farley was arrested that afternoon at his place of employment in Northwest, Washington, D.C., by Metropolitan Police Department officers on the strength of a Montgomery County first-degree murder warrant.  Farley is currently being held in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

On July 24, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mackall charging him first-degree murder.  He was arrested on July 25 by Metropolitan Police Department officers in Washington, D.C.  Mackall is currently being held in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.

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Re’Quan Kasim Hopson

Oliver Waltz Farley

Brian Anthony Mackall

Update: Victim’s Identity Released in Silver Spring Area Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide that occurred last night inside of a residence in the 1600 block of Belvedere Boulevard in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring.

The homicide victim, a resident of the home, is now being identified as Jon-Christian Kemachet-Webster, age 20.

On Wednesday, July 19 at approximately 9:51 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from an occupant of a residence in the 1600 block of Belvedere Boulevard who reported that a suspect had entered the home and had shot one of the other occupants of the house.  The caller further stated that the suspect had fled from the home after the shooting.  Third District officers responded to the residence and located the victim on the upper level of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the house and transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives do not believe that this homicide was a random act.

Detectives continue to work on this homicide investigation and detectives urge anyone who may have information about this 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 responsible suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Detectives Investigate Homicide in Silver Spring Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating a homicide that occurred last night inside of a residence in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring.

On Wednesday, July 19 at approximately 9:51 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from an occupant of a residence in the 1600 block of Belvedere Boulevard who reported that a suspect had entered the home and had shot one of the other occupants of the house.  The caller further stated that the suspect had fled from the home after the shooting.  3rd District officers responded to the residence and located the adult male victim on the upper level of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the house and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This homicide investigation is continuing and additional information will be released once it is confirmed.

Detectives urge anyone who may have information about this 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).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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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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