Update: Germantown Homicide Suspect Commits Suicide

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 23 homicide of 20-year-old Stephen Frazier of Germantown.

During this homicide investigation, Valentino Pritchett, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, was developed as a suspect.  Pritchett was wanted by the Police Department for attempted murder in connection with a previous incident.

On October 23 at approximately 7:02 p.m., officers located Pritchett traveling in a vehicle in the area of Great Seneca Highway and Mateny Road in Germantown.  As officers approached the car in an attempt to arrest Pritchett, he shot himself.  Officers rendered first aid and called for the assistance of Fire & Rescue personnel.  Pritchett was declared deceased at the scene.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.


Identities Released in Spencerville Domestic-Related Murder-Suicide

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the fatal shooting of an adult female and adult male in a home in the Spencerville area home as a murder-suicide.

The 53-year-old female is being identified as Bonny Jean Dibble.  The 56-year-old male is being identified as Stuart Michael Shamberger. Dibble and Shamberger were involved in a relationship and lived together in the home located in the 15100 block of Peach Orchard Road.

The facts and circumstances surrounding these shootings remain under investigation.





Update: Juvenile Female Victim Succumbs to Injuries from Colesville Area Domestic-Related Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the  domestic-related murder-suicide that occurred in the Colesville area on September 17.

The 11-year-old victim, Mina Kim, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital yesterday.

The surviving victim, a 22-year-old female, is in stable condition at the hospital.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this murder-suicide.  Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050. Callers may remain anonymous.

Update: Identities Released in Colesville Area Domestic Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the multiple victim shooting, domestic-related murder-suicide, that occurred this morning in the Colesville area.

This morning, (Monday, September 17) at approximately 12:06 a.m., 4th District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 100 block of Amberleigh Drive for the report of multiple victims shot within a residence at that address.  Five individuals, who investigators have confirmed are family members, were located.  A 57-year-old male and a 48-year-old female succumbed to their injuries on the scene.  A 22-year-old female and two juveniles, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, were transported to local trauma centers in critical condition.  One of the juveniles, a 10-year-old male, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The female adult victim is now being identified as Sang Yeon Kim, age 48, of that Amberleigh Drive address.

The juvenile male is now being identified as Andy Kim, age 10.

The male, who detectives believe shot his four family members and then himself, is now being identified as Yong Mun Kim, age 57, of the same address.  The investigation by detectives determined that Yong Kim and Sang Kim were married and that Yong Kim is believed to be the father of the juveniles.  The 22-year-old female is the daughter of Sang Kim and believed to be from a previous relationship.

Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050.  Callers may remain anonymous.



Detectives Continue to Investigate January 2017 Double Homicide at Westfield Wheaton Mall; Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Suspect

Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate the January 10, 2017, homicides of Angel Alfredo Gomez-Pineda, age 24, of Silver Spring, and Kevin Siloe Moya Cruz, age 22, of Wheaton.  The two victims were stabbed by an unknown black male in the Westfield Wheaton Mall.  At this time, leads in the case have been exhausted.  Detectives are releasing video surveillance and photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Tuesday, January 10, at approximately 3:17 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call for an assault and possible stabbings that had just occurred inside of the Westfield Wheaton Mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton. Officers from the 4th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the mall and located Cruz and Gomez-Pineda on the lower level of the mall suffering from apparent stab wounds. Both victims were transported to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

During this investigation, detectives spoke with witnesses to the assault and reviewed mall video surveillance.  Investigation revealed that the two victims approached the suspect in the lower level of the mall.  The suspect and victims began to argue and became involved in a physical altercation.  After a short time, the three men stopped fighting and the suspect and two victims went their separate ways.  Approximately 15 minutes later, the two victims, who were now accompanied by two additional males, again approached the suspect.  The group of four males armed themselves with bamboo sticks that were being used as exterior decoration of a mall restaurant. A second altercation began between the suspect and group of men.  The suspect produced a knife and during the fight he stabbed Cruz and Gomez-Pineda.  The two victims collapsed in the mall.  The suspect fled from the area.

Detectives urge anyone who may have information about the identity of this suspect or double homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crimes 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 and/or indictment of the suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.