Five Dogs Seized After Vicious Attack on Pet Owner and Her Dog

On Thursday, October 18 at approximately 5 p.m., 1st District officers and Animal Services officers responded to the report of an animal attack in progress in the 12700 block of Robindale Drive in Rockville.

The responding officers found a 28-year-old female victim suffering from a wound to her lower left leg. Her dog, Addie, an approximately 7-year-old Foxhound was bleeding from the abdomen. Three dogs were in the front yard of a home in the above block address. The victim and her dog were on the front porch of that residence.

While officers were speaking with the victim, a loose dog followed by additional dogs ran up to the victim and her dog while they were still on the porch of the residence. The dogs began biting both the victim and her dog. The officers began protective measures.

Officers were able to contain the dogs in the yard. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of multiple severe bite wounds. She was treated and released last night.

Addie, the victim dog, was transported to an emergency-care animal clinic where treatment for multiple life-threatening puncture wounds, lacerations and injuries continues. The dog remains in critical condition.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that the victim had been walking her dog when she noticed a group of dogs barking at a yard gate in the 12700 block of Robindale Drive. The victim crossed the street with her dog. The next thing she knew, that group of dogs was running toward her. When the running dogs reached the owner and her dog, they began to attack. The victim managed to get herself and her dog to a residence porch, before officers arrived and the second attack began.

The five attacking dogs, all Pit Bull mixed-breeds, were seized by Animal Services Officers and are in the custody of the Animal Services Division. These dogs have been declared “dangerous” under Chapter 5 of the Montgomery County Code and a letter to that effect has been served. The attacking dogs will remain in the custody of  the Animal Services Division as the investigation continues. Possible charges have not yet been filed.

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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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Detectives Investigate Indecent Exposure in White Oak; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who exposed himself to a female victim in the laundry room of a White Oak apartment building

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the August 27 indecent exposure that occurred in the laundry room of an apartment building in White Oak.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On August 27 at approximately 7:27 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to an apartment building located in the 11200 block of Oak Leaf Drive for the report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred.  The 24-year-old female victim told officers that she was alone in a laundry room of the building when the suspect entered.  The suspect exposed himself to the victim and then blocked the door to the laundry room to prevent the victim from leaving.  The suspect inappropriately touched himself before he fled.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has information about this incident is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  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. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Montgomery County Public Schools Paraeducator Charged with Child Neglect

Alfredo Lopez

Officers from the Montgomery County Police – Special Operations Division (SOD) Managed Search Operations Team have arrested Alfredo Lopez, age 59, of the 7800 block of Mineral Springs Drive in Gaithersburg, and charged him with two counts of neglect of a minor. Lopez had failed to provide supervision and failed to initially report two separate missing persons incidents.  On September 24, two teenage students with Autism and an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) separately walked away from the Rockville public school where Lopez worked in a supervisory position. Both students were eventually reported as missing to the police and both students were located safe and unharmed later that day.

On Monday, September 24 at approximately 12:50 p.m., 1st District officers and Rockville City Police officers responded to the Rock Terrace High School located at 390 Martins Lane in Rockville for the report of a missing 16-year-old male student with Autism/IDD who had walked away from the school. During the investigation, officers determined that Lopez observed the student leave the school on foot at approximately 9:52 that morning and, at that time, made no attempt to notify school staff members that the student had walked away.  At approximately 12:40 p.m., Lopez notified school administrative personnel that the student had walked away, but only after a relative of that student had called the school to state that he/she would be picking the student up that day.  The student was then reported as missing to police.

That same afternoon, at approximately 1:51 p.m., a Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver observed the missing student walking northbound on Ridge Road (Rt. 27) at Sweepstakes Drive in Damascus.  The student was returned to his home.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., 1st District officers and Rockville City Police officers again responded to the Rock Terrace High School for the report of a missing non-verbal 16-year-old male student with Autism/IDD.  During that investigation, officers determined that Lopez was also responsible for supervising this student.  Lopez had lost sight of the student and did not immediately follow established protocol to report the student as missing to administrative staff.  A review of school surveillance video showed the student exit the school through the front door at approximately 2:53 p.m.  MCP K-9 officers and officers from the 1st, 4th, and 6th Districts, immediately began searching for the missing student.

At approximately 6:11 p.m., MCP was notified by family members that the student was located at home in the Glenmont area.  Officers determined that the student had walked approximately six miles in inclement weather from the school to his home.

On Tuesday, September 25, officers obtained an arrest warrant for Lopez charging him with two counts of neglect of minor.

On Wednesday, September 26, Lopez was arrested at his home. After being charged, he was later released on his own recognizance.

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Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate a Missing Rockville Woman

Missing Person – Louise Hairston

Update: September 23, 2018: Louise Jackson Hairston has been located safe and unharmed.

 

Montgomery County Police 6th District Detectives are asking the public for help to locate a missing Rockville woman.

Louise Jackson Hairston resides on Rollins Avenue in Rockville. She was last seen today (9/22) at 10 a.m. leaving Shady Grove Hospital located at 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, on foot.

She is described as a 92-year-old black female, 5’1″ tall and weighing 90 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black wig, white shirt, light blue pants, and was carrying a black shoulder bag.

Police and her family are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who has information about Ms. Hairston’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).

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