Concern for Missing Germantown Teenager (Located)

UPDATE: 10/15/2020 (6:01 pm)

Cierra Dorsey has been located safe and unharmed.

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager from Germantown.

Cierra Dorsey, age 16, of Sweetgum Circle, was last seen on October 13 at approximately 1:15 am.

Dorsey is approximately 5’2″ tall, approximately 117 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a tan sweatshirt with flowers on the sleeves and black sweatpants.

Dorsey has possibly traveled to Front Royal, Virginia.

Police and family are concerned for Dorsey’s welfare. At this time, there is no evidence of foul play involved in this missing person case.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Cierra Dorsey is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.

Cierra Dorsey

The Montgomery County Department of Police Announce Assistant Chief Appointments

Chief Marcus G. Jones of the Montgomery County Department of Police is pleased to announce the appointments of four new Assistant Chiefs of Police.

Today, the Montgomery County Council unanimously confirmed the appointments of Assistant Chief Ronald Smith, Assistant Chief Thomas Didone, Assistant Chief Willie Parker-Loan, and Assistant Chief Dinesh Patil.

Investigative Services Bureau

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Assistant Chief Ronald Smith

  • Assistant Chief Ronald Smith has been an officer for the Montgomery County Department of Police since 1981. He has served as an executive officer in all four bureaus of the police department.  He has served as the Acting Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau since June 2019. Prior to his current temporary assignment, he served as the Director of the Special Investigations Division.

 

 

 

Field Services Bureau

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Assistant Chief Thomas Didone

  • Assistant Chief Thomas Didone, a second-generation police officer, has been with the Montgomery County Department of Police since 1986. He has worked various assignments throughout the department during his fourteen years before being promoted to Captain in 2000. Assistant Chief Didone was previously the Commander of the 5th District and the Director of the Traffic Division before being assigned as Acting Assistant Chief of the Field Services Bureau in December 2019.

 

 

Patrol Services Bureau

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Assistant Chief Willie Parker-Loan

  • Assistant Chief Willie Parker-Loan has been with the Montgomery County Department of Police since 1989. He has served as an executive officer in various positions throughout the department, including Commander of the 6th District and Director of the Internal Affairs Division. Assistant Chief Parker-Loan was Director of the Special Victims Investigations Division prior to being assigned as Acting Assistant Chief for the Patrol Services Bureau in January 2020.

 

Management Services Bureau

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Assistant Chief Dinesh Patil

  • Assistant Chief Dinesh Patil has been with the Montgomery County Department of Police since 1994. He has served in various positions throughout the department in his 26 years of service, to include Director of the Personnel Division, and Special Investigations Division, then serving as Commander of the 6th District before being assigned as Acting Assistant Chief for the Management Services Bureau in March 2019.

 

 

 

Any questions regarding this press release can be directed to Captain C. Thomas Jordan of the Public Information Division at 240-773-5030.

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Statement by Chief Marcus G. Jones of the Montgomery County Department of Police

The Montgomery County Department of Police is committed to addressing all calls for service and investigating all crimes occurring within Montgomery County.

The COVID-19 crisis has presented challenges to all our communities. Our officers remain particularly focused on the protection of life and property, and the investigation of serious crime.  Additionally, our officers are addressing Governor Hogan’s Executive Order with an emphasis on voluntary compliance.  During this time, we will be prioritizing our resources and responses toward the COVID-19 crisis and other priority law enforcement needs.  Rest assured, reported crimes requiring follow-up by investigators will continue to occur and we remain committed to assisting victims of crime.  As we continue to persevere through this crisis. the main focus of our officers will be to address the pandemic and other serious events with immediate impacts to public safety.

Our officers remain vigilant and our detectives remain resolute in investigating all manner of crime within the county.

 

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac; Additional Information Released

On March 12, 2020, detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police, with the assistance of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit, served a high-risk search warrant at a residence located in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

The search warrant was related to an investigation into a suspect identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

Detectives assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau received an anonymous tip at the beginning of the year, indicating that Lemp was in possession of firearms. Due to his criminal history as a juvenile, Lemp was prohibited from legally possessing or purchasing firearms in the State of Maryland until the age of 30. During their investigation, detectives learned of a number of firearms that Lemp was in possession of, to include various rifles and handguns that would ultimately be recovered from the residence. Detectives applied for and received a no-knock search warrant for the crimes of possession of an assault weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The search warrant on March 12, 2020, was served in the early morning hours, consistent with Montgomery County Department of Police practice. The officers entering the residence announced themselves as police and that they were serving a search warrant. Officers gave commands for individuals inside the residence to show their hands and to get on the ground. Upon making contact with Lemp, officers identified themselves as the police and gave him multiple orders to show his hands and comply with the officer’s commands to get on the ground. Lemp refused to comply with the officer’s commands and proceeded towards the interior bedroom door where other officers were located. Upon entrance by officers into Lemp’s bedroom, Lemp was found to be in possession of a rifle and was located directly in front of the interior bedroom entrance door.

During the service of the search warrant a device was discovered affixed to the inside frame of the exterior door leading to Lemp’s bedroom. Montgomery County Fire Marshals responded in order to render the device safe. The device was designed as a “booby trap” intended to detonate a shotgun shell at the direction of anyone entering through the exterior door into Lemp’s bedroom.  After officers entered the bedroom, the other occupant of the room warned the officers to be careful of the device rigged to the exterior door.  Statements from other occupants of the residence indicated they were aware of the dangerous device on the door.

Further statements from the other occupant in Lemp’s bedroom indicated that he slept with the rifle each night. Contrary to some information reported to the media, the same occupant also indicated that Lemp was out of the bed and standing directly in front of the interior bedroom door at the time the officers made entry into the bedroom.

Items collected from the residence included three rifles and two handguns as well as other items of evidentiary value.

This remains an ongoing investigation by the Major Crimes Division.

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of EA Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of P80 Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Springfield Armory Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Tavor Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

 

 

Detectives Investigate Police Impersonator Incident

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Yerko Pallominy-Arce

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Vice and Intelligence Unit are further investigating an incident involving a person representing himself as a police officer and conducting a traffic stop.

On February 22, 2020, officers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Police observed an orange-colored Scion with flashing red and blue lights on the shoulder of the Inter-County Connector (ICC) during what appeared to be a traffic stop of another vehicle.  Further investigation by the DNR officers revealed that the driver of the Scion had conducted a traffic stop by using flashing red and blue lights to pull over another vehicle.  The driver of the Scion was subsequently arrested for impersonating a Police Officer and other related charges.

Arrested was Yerko Pallominy-Arce, age 30, of Upper Rock Circle in Rockville.  Pallominy-Arce was processed by the DNR Police and turned over to the Central Processing Unit.  He has a court date set for March 21, 2020.

Detectives are now investigating whether other traffic stops were conducted by Pallominy-Arce.  Detectives ask to speak with anyone who was contacted or pulled over by Pallominy-Arce posing as a police officer.  Anyone with additional information regarding Pallominy-Arce or similar incidents is asked to contact the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.

Photos of Yerko Pallominy-Arce and his vehicle are included in the release.

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Scion used by Yerko Pallominy-Arce

 

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Picture of Scion similar to one used by Yerko Pallominy-Arce