Update: Detectives Arrest Suspect for February Home Invasion Robbery in Rockville

051016 photo of Demeris NickensDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section announce the arrest of the suspect wanted for a home invasion robbery of senior victims that occurred on February 17 in Rockville.

Demeris Macon Nickens, age 22, of the 8000 block of Tiffany Lane in Lanham was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Robbery detectives have been actively investigating the home invasion robbery which occurred at a residence in the unit block of Arlive Court in Rockville.

On February 17 at approximately 1:20 p.m., 1st District officers and officers from the Rockville City Police Department responded to the residence for the report of a home invasion robbery. The preliminary investigation determined that two suspects, described as black males and wearing masks, knocked on the door to the residence. The 77-year-old male victim opened the door and the suspects then forced their way into the home. His 86-year-old wife was also in the home at the time. The suspects displayed handguns, physically restrained and beat the male victim, and told both of the victims to remain in a downstairs laundry room. The home was ransacked; and cash, jewelry and other items were taken before the suspects fled.

Through the course of the investigation, witnesses were able to provide general suspect and vehicle descriptions. A neighbor reported to police that a man matching the suspect’s description knocked on his door prior to the home invasion robbery. It was also learned that two other similar-style home invasion robberies had occurred in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties.

The regional detectives worked cooperatively to identify Nickens as the suspect responsible for the Montgomery County incident. He was arrested on May 6 and is currently being held in Montgomery County on a $300,000 bond.

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Detectives Seek Help to Locate Man Missing from Olney

050916 photo of missing man CopmanUPDATE: (5/10/16 10:15 a.m.) Harrison Franklin Copman has been located safe and unharmed. The police and family thank the media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 4th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help to locate a man missing from Olney.

Harrison Franklin Copman, age 28, from the 18000 block of Queen Elizabeth Drive was last seen at his residence the morning of Sunday, May 8.

He is described as a white male, 5’6” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has short dark-brown hair and a thick beard. He was last seen wearing a black tee shirt with the graphic of a “crazy clown” on the front, and blue jeans. He has several tattoos: “RIP Carl” on left arm, two skulls on both upper arms, “Anijah” on the inside of his left arm, a marijuana leaf on his right shoulder, and two stars on both shoulder blades that are red, white and green in color.

Detectives and family members are concerned about his safety, knowing that he left in an agitated emotional state after a personal-relationship dispute. Copman is diagnosed with Conduct Disorder but does not take medication.

Copman does not drive and may be traveling by bus. He is known to go to the Westfield Wheaton Mall on a regular basis.

Anyone who may have information about Copman’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

promotionRecently, officers and public safety communication employees were recognized for their promotions at a ceremony held at the Public Safety Headquarters.  Congratulations to all the promotees!

Montgomery County Police Department Promotions:

Promoted to Captain:

Captain C. Thomas Jordan

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Lieutenant Bruce Cole

Lieutenant Michael Ruane

Promoted to Sergeant:

Sergeant Mark Burhoe

Sergeant Kathy Estrada

Sergeant John O’Brien

Sergeant Jeffrey Pike

Sergeant David Smith

Sergeant Shing Yuen

Promoted to Corporal:

Corporal John Borowski

Corporal Kevin Conroy

Montgomery County Public Safety Communications Promotions

Promoted to Manager II:

William Ferretti

Promoted to Manager III:

Cassandra Onley

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Quality Assurance Manager:

William Usilton

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Operations Manager:

Bruce Gibbs

Promoted to Program Manager I:

Kim Akinyanju

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Supervisor:

Patricia Flynn

Stephen Geraci

Athena Page

Elizabeth Woody

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Specialist I:

Martha Aparicio




Detectives Seek Help to Identify Suspects Responsible for Hate-Based Vandalism in Rockville

042616 vandalism to memorial rockDetectives from the 1st District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating suspects responsible for vandalism that is believed to be hate-based.

On Sunday, April 24 between 3:45 and 4:00 p.m., 1st District officers responded for the report of vandalism that had just recently occurred at Welsh Park on Mannakee Street and at Beall Elementary School located at 451 Beall Avenue in Rockville.

Through the course of the preliminary investigation it was determined that a witness had seen two boys, described as white teenagers, spray painting swastikas in the wooded area between Beall Elementary School and Welsh Park.

The responding officers were not able to locate the suspects. They did find two painted swastikas along the footpath in the wooded area near the dead end of Luckett Street. One of the swastikas was found on the trunk of a tree. The other was painted on a personalized memorial stone with a plaque commemorating “Charles W. Gilchrist – Forest Preserve at Welsh Park – Dedicated to the Citizens of Rockville.” A third swastika was located at Beall Elementary School. It was painted on a piece of exercise equipment near the portable classrooms on school grounds.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington have been contacted in relation to this incident.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the involved suspects is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084

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Suspect Arrested for Homicide of Infant

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Major Crimes Division are investigating the homicide of a six-month-old girl, Miller “Millie” Lilliston of Rockville.  Investigators have charged Kia Divband, 35 years old, of Rockville, with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse.

In the late morning of April 19, homicide detectives responded to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) for the report of an unresponsive infant who had been transported to the hospital.  Investigators determined that prior to arriving at the hospital, the child, Millie Lilliston, was in the care of Kia Divband at his licensed daycare.  Divband’s daycare, Little Dreamers, is located at Divband’s residence at 1603 Grandin Avenue in Rockville.

Detectives responded to Divband’s residence and interviewed him.  Divband stated that Millie’s parent had dropped her off at approximately 8:00 a.m. that morning (April 19) and that she took a nap. Divband stated that Millie woke up at 10:30 a.m. and while she was in her stroller, he began to feed her a bottle that contained six ounces of breast milk.  Divband stated that Millie drank approximately three ounces of milk and then started choking and vomiting.  When she stopped vomiting, Divband said he took her to the bathroom to clean her face.  At that time, Divband stated that he noticed that MIllie was unresponsive and that her lips had turned blue.

Divband stated that he performed three to four rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and yelled for his wife, who was upstairs in the home, to call 9-1-1.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded and transported Millie to SGAH.  Doctors noted subdural hematomas in her head, rib fractures, and multiple bruises on her face and body.  Millie was then flown by air to the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in the District of Columbia.

An examination by doctors at the Children’s National Medical Center revealed additional injuries to include retinal hemorrhages, a fractured femur, and a fractured humerus.  All of the injuries were in various stages of healing and were classified as non-accidental, inflicted trauma.  Millie succumbed to her injuries three days later on April 22.

Millie’s parents were interviewed at CNMC and reported that she had not been ill, and was in good health and condition when she was dropped off earlier that day.  Millie’s parents had a photograph taken on April 18 that showed Millie with no facial bruising.  They also stated that Millie had no serious injuries prior to being placed in Divband’s care.

On April 21, homicide detectives served a search warrant at the Little Dreamers daycare and Divband’s residence.  Blood evidence was recovered in multiple locations in the daycare facility, including the stroller that Millie was seated in on April 19.  A trash can with bloodied baby wipes was located outside with the trash bins.  Investigators also noticed that Divband had removed Millie’s name label from her belongings bin.

Medical reports from CNMC described Millie suffering from multiple inflicted injuries.  None of these were consistent with the choking event described by Divband but were consistent with repeated incidents of physical abuse.

On April 24, an autopsy was performed by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  That office ruled Millie’s death  a homicide caused by multiple blunt-force injuries.

Divband will have a bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.  He is currently being held on $2,000,000 bond.

Kia Divband

Kia Divband