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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Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Locating Wanted Robbery Subject

Jose Guilermo Molina-Arevelo










UPDATE: March 19, 2018: Jose Guilermo Molina-Arevelo has been arrested out of state.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted subject: Jose Guilermo Molina-Arevelo (also known as “Malandro”), age 24, with a last known address of 11200 block of Valley View Avenue in Kensington.

Detectives have obtained a warrant for Molina-Arevelo’s arrest, charging him with two counts of attempted armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.  Investigators determined that Molina-Arevelo participated in the November 3 attempted armed robbery of the Cash Depot store located at 11246 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton. 

Jose Guilermo-Molina Arevelo is described as a Hispanic male who is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  Molina-Arevelo may have an eyebrow ring and earrings in both ears.  He is known to frequent the Home Depot store located at 14000 Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill.  Investigators have determined that Molina-Arevelo is a known MS-13 gang member.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jose Guilermo Molina-Arevelo to please call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 or to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


MCPD Statement Regarding School Threats

In the two weeks since the high school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) has experienced a significant increase in the number of threats directed at schools throughout the County.  These threats, directed toward other students and/or the school community, have come in the form of phone calls, conversations, writings, emails, and social media.  Some of these threats have been direct while others have used suggestive words and/or images.  The majority of these threats have proved not to be credible after MCPD has conducted investigations.

Many of the people making these threats have motives that range from wanting to disrupt school activities to making the threat as a prank.

The MCPD fully investigates each threat and works to identify the person or persons responsible for making the threat.  In two recent Montgomery County cases, those making the threats have been criminally charged.  Charges applicable to making threats include the following:

  • Education Article 26-101-Disorderly Conduct/Disruption of School Activities
  • Criminal Law 3-1001-Threat of Mass Violence
  • Criminal Law 6-107(a)(2)-Threat of Arson/Destructive devices

MCPD urges parents to consider the following points:

  1. Monitor your child’s social media and talk to him/her about using social media responsibly.
  2. See something, say something – If you or your child become aware of a threat or other suspicious activity that is concerning, please call police. In regard to social media, please do not share the concerning message – again, call police.
  3. Remind your child that any threat made will be investigated, even if the child’s intention is to be humorous.

Members of the Montgomery County Police Department and the Montgomery County Public Schools continue to work in partnership to maintain safe schools for students, staff, and our community.




Northwest Student Charged with Disrupting School Activities

Today (February 16) at approximately 3 a.m., officers from the 5th District were notified of a social media post regarding guns at Northwest High School, located at 13501 Richter Farm Road in Germantown.  The social media post further advised students not to go to school today.  Montgomery County Police (MCP) investigators, in coordination with administrative staff from Northwest High School, identified the suspect responsible for this social media post as a 15-year-old male student who attends Northwest High School.

This afternoon, that 15-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with offenses relating to disrupting school operations.  After being charged, the juvenile was returned to the care and custody of his parents.  This case has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for adjudication.

MCP encourages parents to have a conversation with their children about responsible social media posts. Parents are reminded to monitor their child’s social media accounts and encourage them to not to re-post or share rumors or threats.  Instead of sharing the posts, they should contact an adult.  Remember, if you see something, say something.



2nd District Station’s Move to New Location to be Completed on February 15

2nd District Station located at 4823 Rugby Avenue in Bethesda

On Thursday, February 15, the officers and staff of the 2nd District Police station located at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda will officially complete the move into their new facility located at 4823 Rugby Avenue in Bethesda. The move will not affect police patrol response to calls for service within the 2nd District. Public access to the new station will begin at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday, and after that time, become available on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis.

Routine walk-in services such as fingerprinting and in-person filing and obtaining of police reports will be suspended at the Wisconsin Avenue location beginning at 7 a.m. on February 15 and resume at approximately 5 p.m. at the Rugby Avenue station. Community members seeking services at the new building are encouraged to first call the station after 5 p.m., at 240-773-6700, to ensure that their needs can be accommodated.

There is no free parking at the new location. Parking is available at metered spaces on Rugby Avenue and on the surroundings streets, as well as in County Public Parking Garage #35 with public entrance only from Woodmont Avenue.

The men and women of the 2nd District look forward to continuing their tradition of dedicated service at their new location.

Additional information regarding the move can be found here: https://buff.ly/2EkHWJU