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


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.


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.


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


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

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Media Advisory: Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Investigation of Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision


  • Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit Detectives will hold a press conference to provide an update on the August 4 fatal, hit-and-run pedestrian collision that occurred on Layhill Road.  New information that will be released will include a description of what detectives believe to be the striking vehicle with accompanying video and photographs of the suspected vehicle.  Investigators will urge anyone with information to come forward to police.
  • The victim’s family members will speak to the media.


  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.


Near the collision site – 14430 Layhill Road (Shopping center at the intersection of Layhill Road and Bel Pre Road).


MADD Media Event Regarding Noah’s Law Stamp Affixed to Interlock Devices

This is a  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) generated media advisory regarding a press event that will occur on Friday, September 30 in Rockville:

Noah’s Law Stamp to be Unveiled Hours Before Law Goes into Effect

Sticker to be affixed to drunk drivers’ ignition interlock devices across Maryland as a reminder that Noah is still on patrol

WHAT: MEDIA EVENT to unveil the new Noah’s Law stamp that will be affixed to ignition interlock devices in vehicles of drunk driving offenders in Maryland starting October 1st – the day Noah’s Law goes into effect.

Officer Noah Leotta was killed by a drunk driver while on DUI patrol last December.  His tragedy led to the long-sought passage of legislation to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders.  The sticker will serve as lasting tribute to Officer Leotta and a poignant reminder that, as his father says, Noah is still on patrol.

DATE: Friday, September 30, 2016 – the day before Noah’s Law goes into effect.

TIME:   11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Circuit Court of Montgomery County – Jury Lounge, 2nd Floor, 50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850


  • Rich Leotta and Marcia Goldman, parents of fallen Officer Noah Leotta
  • Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
  • Montgomery County Police Captain Tom Didone, Commander, Traffic Division
  • Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine Nizer
  • State Delegate Ben Kramer, Chief Sponsor of Noah’s Law
  • Donna Hathaway-Beck, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • John Ulczycki, Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers
  • Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy
  • Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin


  • 3 X 4-foot enlargement of Noah’s Law sticker will be unveiled.
  • Display of most commonly used ignition interlocks devices in Maryland.
  • Ignition Interlock Car Demonstration in the circular driveway in front of Circuit Court.

Those with questions can contact Bill Bronrott, MADD spokesperson, at the following:

202-270-4415,, @bronrott

Advisory – Press Conference Today: Two Suspects Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Two Additional Suspects Wanted


Director of the Major Crimes Division Captain Francke will discuss the July 1 arrests of two suspects for the homicide of Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales that occurred in the Malcolm King Park located at 1200 West Side Drive in Gaithersburg and that was discovered on June 17. The two suspects who have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in this homicide case are:

Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, age 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg – charged as an adult

Vanesa Alvarado, age 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg (mugshot below)

Captain Francke will also announce the names of two additional suspects who are wanted for the homicide of Villigran-Morales and will urge anyone with information about these suspects’ whereabouts to come forward to police.


Today – Thursday, July 7, 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Weather permitting, the conference will be held outside

Note to Public: Tentatively, the press conference will be streamed live via Facebook and Periscope (Twitter).  A press release regarding this homicide will be released at the conclusion of the press conference.

Vanesa Alvarado

ARRESTED: Vanesa Alvarado












Note: Gutierrez-Vasquez is a juvenile and therefore his mugshot is not being released.