Detectives Investigate Drowning in Potomac River

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a drowning in the Potomac River that occurred on August 16.

On Tuesday, August 16, at approximately 6:10 p.m., 2nd District officers along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded for the possible drowning of an adult male in the Potomac River near Great Falls.

Witnesses told investigators that the victim waded into the water when he slipped and was taken under the water by the strong current and undertow.  Officers were told that the victim did not know how to swim.

Montgomery County Police search and rescue officers along with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel immediately began a search and rescue operation but could not locate the victim that evening.  Search operations continued on August 17 but the victim was not located.

On August 18 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a kayaker called 9-1-1 reporting a body in the water.  MCP along with Montgomery County Fire Rescue responded to the Potomac River between Offutt island and the Maryland shoreline and located the victim.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim is being identified as Abdul Qadir, age 28, of the 6200 block of Fernwood Terrace in Riverdale.


Two Suspects Charged with Human Trafficking; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Atuan Saran Rogers

Atuan Saran Rogers

Dierra Thomas

Dierra Thomas








In late March of 2016, the Montgomery County Police Department became aware of a possible case of human trafficking occurring in Montgomery County.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Section interviewed a 15-year-old female, who stated that she met Atuan Saran Rogers, age 34, and Dierra Victoria Lee Thomas, age 19, both of the 100 block of Lamarck Drive in Fort Washington, Maryland, in October of 2015.  The victim stated that “Ire”, identified by detectives as Thomas, had approached her in a hotel in Silver Spring and asked her if she “wanted to work”.  Thomas introduced the victim to “Rose Moe”, identified by detectives as Rogers, who told the victim that she would receive money for having sexual intercourse with men.

The victim explained to investigators that Rogers advertised her services in an escort section of a classified advertising website.  The victim also told detectives that Rogers denied her access to a phone and money and hit her when she told him that she no longer wanted to work for him.

Detectives were able to confirm that Rogers rented rooms at a hotel on 13th Street in Silver Spring from January 10 through January 27 of this year.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rogers on May 12 charging him with human trafficking and prostitution offenses.  Rogers was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County warrant by the Prince George’s County Police Department on July 29.  He is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on an $80,000 bond.

On June 10, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas charging her with prostitution offenses and one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking.  Thomas was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County warrant by the Prince George’s County Police Department on July 11. She was released on a $5,000 bond.

Detectives are concerned that Rogers and Thomas engaged in human trafficking of additional juveniles.  Investigators are urging anyone who has information about human trafficking activities involving these suspects to contact the Vice and Intelligence Section at 240-773-5959.



Detectives Charge Home Health Care Worker with Theft; Investigators Seek Additional Victims

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section have charged Elizabeth Johnson, age 37, of the 11400 block of Cherry Hill Road in Beltsville, with theft, after she stole jewelry from a patient’s home.  Detectives believe Johnson may be responsible for committing additional thefts in homes where she worked as a home health care worker.

On March 21, 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of S. Leisure World Boulevard in the Norbeck area for the report of a theft.  The investigation revealed that on March 10, Johnson was assigned to work at the 88-year-old female victim’s home as a home health care worker while the victim recuperated from surgery.  On March 12, the victim discovered several items of jewelry missing from her home.

Detectives spoke to representatives of the company that employed Johnson and learned that Johnson was recently fired.  The representatives told investigators that they received a report of missing jewelry by a client that Johnson provided home health care services to in December, 2015.  Investigators then learned that Johnson left the country after being fired.

On June 8, Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Johnson charging her with one count of Theft $10,000 to under $100,000.

On August 2, Johnson was arrested at her residence on the strength of the arrest warrant.  She was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Detectives are concerned that Johnson may have committed additional thefts while she was providing home health care services.  Anyone who believes that he/she was a victim or has any information about a victim is urged to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5531.


Update: Suspicious Death in Wheaton Ruled a Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide Section are investigating the suspicious death of 72-year-old Linda Cheryl Johnston whose body was located in her residence on Arcola Avenue in the late afternoon hours of August 3. On August 4, the Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.

On August 3 at approximately 4:19 p.m., officers from the 4th District responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Arcola Avenue in Wheaton for the report of a suspicious situation.  First responders entered the residence and located the deceased victim in her home; there was evidence of trauma to her body.

Additional information will be released as it can be confirmed.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this investigation to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.



Suspects Arrested for Hate-Based Incidents Involving Transgender Female Victims

Edras Vasquez

Edras Vasquez

Carlos Hernandez-Sanez

Carlos Hernandez-Sanez

This morning (August 1), 4th District officers and detectives arrested two suspects responsible for a hate-based strong-arm robbery that occurred this morning at approximately 2:38 a.m. outside the 7-Eleven store located at 11445 Amherst Avenue.

Through the course of the investigation it was learned that the two Hispanic transgender female victims, a 36-year-old from Rockville and a 44-year-old from Fort Washington, had arrived by car at that 7-Eleven store. As the victims attempted to enter the store, both suspects began a verbal confrontation in Spanish using disparaging sexual-orientation-based epithets.

The 36-year-old victim began recording the incident on her cell phone. When one of the suspects became aware of the recording, he threw a cup of noodles that he was holding on the victims. Both suspects grabbed for the cell phone and began punching and kicking the victims. The 36-year-old victim was pushed into the store’s front-glass window, causing a large portion of it to crack. Both victims received medical attention at the 4th District Station for minor injuries.

The suspects obtained the cell phone from the victim and then ran in the direction of Blueridge Avenue. After a broadcast of suspect descriptions, 4th District patrol officers were able to locate the suspects in the area of the 11200 block of Georgia Avenue. After they were positively identified as the wanted suspects, they were taken into custody and charged.

Carlos Hernandez-Sanez, age 18 of an unknown address, and Edras Vasquez, age 20 of an unknown address received the following charges: Hernandez-Sanez was charged with robbery, second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property valued over $1,000, and hate crime CR10-304.1: harassment of a person based on race/religion/sexual orientation which carries a maximum penalty of 3 years and/or $5000. He is being held on a $65,000 bond. Vasquez was charged with robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property valued over $1,000, and two counts of harassment of a person based on race/religion/sexual orientation. He is being held on a $125,000 bond.

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