Suspect Arrested for First-Degree Assault; Officers Perform Lifesaving Actions on Victim

On Sunday, June 28, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received the report of a stabbing that had just occurred in the 2800 block of Mozart Drive in Silver Spring.

Responding 3rd District officers observed the victim, a 28-year-old male, lying on the pavement in the town home community parking lot.  The male was suffering from apparent stab wounds; he was bleeding profusely and was unresponsive.

Officers began to administer lifesaving measures to the victim.  Officer Justin Lee observed a stab wound in the victim’s upper arm and applied a tourniquet in an attempt to stop the arterial bleeding.  With the assistance of Officer Addison White, both officers then applied an occlusive dressing to the stab wound in the victim’s chest.  Fire and Rescue personnel arrived at the scene and continued medical care.  The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  He has since been released from the hospital.

Witnesses at the scene provided the suspect’s name: Marvel Alston, age 34, of Washington, D.C., and told officers that they believed Alston was in a residence on Mozart Drive.  Officers searched the residence and did not locate Alston; he had fled the area.  An officer made contact with Alston via cellular phone and persuaded him to return to the scene where he was arrested.

Investigation by officers determined that Alston and the victim became involved in a dispute in a residence on Mozart Drive.  During the dispute, Alston stabbed the victim multiple times.  Detectives located the knife inside of the residence.

Alston was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was charged with first-degree assault.

Captain Darren Francke, Commander of the 3rd Police District, says of the officers’ actions,  “We are proud of these highly trained officers who, without regard for their own safety during this ongoing pandemic, provided immediate care that saved a life.  The officers also placed a dangerous criminal under arrest.”


Marvel Alston


2nd District Officers Intervene to Avert Tragedy

Officers from the 2nd District of the Montgomery County Department of Police were dispatched around 10:45 pm last night to a group home located in the 6300 block of Greentree Road in Bethesda for the report of a missing person.

Officers were notified that an adult male had been missing from the group home since 9:00 pm.  Staff at the group home were actively searching for the missing man when they finally located him on the Union Arch Bridge located at 7934 MacArthur Boulevard.

Responding Officer Marcella West and Officer Samuel Yun arrived at the Union Arch Bridge to discover the man had climbed the safety fence on the bridge and was getting ready to jump off the bridge and into traffic below.  Officer West was able to grab the man and hold onto him, preventing him from jumping while Officer Yun climbed the safety fence and was able to secure the man from the other side.  Additional officers arrived to assist and the man was eventually pulled to safety.  The man was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

If it were not for the officers’ quick thinking and disregard for their own safety, a tragedy would have occurred and a life would have most certainly been lost.

Commander Gagen of the 2nd District stated, “The quick and courageous actions taken by these officers helped save a life and avoid a tragedy from occurring.  Their heroic efforts showed their dedication to public safety and it is a testament to who they are as Montgomery County Police Officers.  I am truly thankful that the young man will be able to get the help that he needs and I couldn’t be more proud of our officers’ actions.”



Police Officer Suffers Medical Emergency in Wheaton

Today, officers from Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District responded to the Westfield Wheaton Mall for the report of a theft in progress.

While on the scene investigating the incident, one of the responding officers suffered a medical emergency and collapsed.  Other officers on the scene immediately began administering first-aid to the downed officer.

Personnel from the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services responded to the scene and provided care and transported the officer to the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.  The officer remains in critical but stable condition.

Acting Chief Russell Hamill commended the efforts of the officers on the scene to come to the aid of another officer in distress.  Additionally, he thanked the MCFRS personnel who came to the aid of the officer and provided exemplary service to a fellow public safety professional.  Hamill went on to thank the community for the outpouring of support witnessed during this time of concern.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.



Fifth District Officers Take Suspect into Custody During Fire in Clarksburg Townhouse

On Thursday, October 11 at approximately 5:33 p.m., 5th District officers were dispatched to a three-story townhouse in the 22000 block of Fair Garden Lane in Clarksburg for the report of a violent male suspect “destroying” the house.

Just as the caller to 9-1-1 was hanging up, the Emergency Communications Center call-taker could hear a smoke alarm going off in the background, but couldn’t confirm details of a fire, other than it was originating in the kitchen. Fire and Rescue personnel were also dispatched to the residence.

Upon arrival, the complainant who was outside the residence, confirmed that her boyfriend was still inside and had likely been drinking before becoming destructive and starting a fire in the kitchen of the residence.

Firefighters and one 5th District officer made entry into the first floor and were in the process of advancing the hose line to the first-floor kitchen when they encountered the suspect. He refused to leave and began throwing pots and hot/burnt debris at the firefighters and officer.

The stove was on fire with the fire extending to surrounding cabinets. Firefighters were able to begin extinguishing the fire before retreating from the residence. (By protocol, in any incidents in which there is violence, weapons involvement, barricade etc., MCFRS will wait for police to secure the scene. They make every effort to attempt to create a safe environment for those in close proximity to the fire.)

Officers entered the house a second time, which was still thick with smoke, and continued to be struck by objects thrown at them by the suspect, as they attempted to try to get the him to leave the house. Officers had to back off from their attempts, and began evacuating the adjoining townhouses.

The officers developed a plan that involved the use of protective shields and the possible use of a Taser when approaching the man a third time. The plan succeeded in protecting the officers from the thrown debris and the Taser was effectively deployed, preventing the male and officers from additional injury.

The suspect violently resisted officers’ attempts to handcuff him and remove him from the home as the fire grew more intense. One of the officers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on the stove, with flames then reaching three feet. The front and rear doors were opened to help dissipate the pervasive smoke. After the suspect was in handcuffs, firefighters assisted the officers in removing the suspect from the home, and then fully extinguished the fire.

The suspect, a 48-year-old resident of the house, was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, to include smoke inhalation, by Fire and Rescue personnel to an area hospital for emergency evaluation.

Ten officers who responded to the incident were transported to Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown for treatment of smoke inhalation and later released. The department thanks all the emergency room staff who provided excellent services to the officers.

Fire Marshals are conducting an investigation. Their investigation has determined the fire cause was incendiary (Arson), with fire damage about $2,000 total to structure and contents.

Charges are currently pending from both police and the fire marshals. The suspect’s name cannot be released until he has been charged.

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44th Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards






Today, March 16, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recognized local public safety personnel for their acts of bravery and heroism at the 44th Annual Public Safety Awards luncheon.

Congratulations to the following Montgomery County police officers who were honored today:

Chief Bernard D. Crook, Jr. Community Service Award:      

Officer Melissa Coligan

Unit Citations:

Lyon Sisters Disappearance Investigation:                                                            

132 MCPD investigators (some retired and some posthumous awardees) who worked on this case from its inception in 1975 through its resolution in 2017.  Accepting the citation were:

Assistant Chief Russell Hamill

Captain Darren Francke

Captain Sean Gagen

Sergeant Richard Armagost

Sergeant Christopher Homrock

Detective Mark Janney

Detective David Davis

Detective Kathryn Leggett

Detective Frank Colbert

Westfield Wheaton Garage Rescue:                                                                    

Corporal Athanasios Bakalis

Officer Alan Yuill

Officer Michael Giacalone

Officer Kevin Correa

Honorable Mention Valor Awards:

Fourth Floor Bethesda Parking Lot Suicide :                                                                                                     

Officer Vincent Chan

Officer Alex Lanham

Rooftop Arrest :

Sergeant Brian Parker

Officer Sean Brennan                                                                                              

Officer Katelyn Stevens

Officer Eric Houston

Officer James Mirra                                                                                    

Michaels Store Response :                                                                                                          

Officer Charles Ricucci

Officer Gregory Walker

Westfield Wheaton Garage Rescue :                                                                     

Officer Andres Ramirez

Bronze Award:                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rooftop Arrest:                                                                                                         

Officer Brian Nesbitt                                                                                                                                                   For more information on the event and award recipients, see the Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards page: MCCCPublicSafetyAwards. See event photos.

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