Man Arrested For Possession of a Handgun Outside of The Fillmore Silver Spring

Dominique Saunders

Dominique Bernard Saunders

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested Dominique Bernard Saunders, age 23, of the 5500 block of Karen Elaine Drive in New Carrollton, for possession of a stolen handgun.

On November 22 at approximately 10:30 p.m., an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer was working with security personnel at the The Fillmore Silver Spring located at 8656 Colesville Road when an employee approached the officer saying that he overheard a male subject, later identified as Saunders, planning to shoot someone. The off-duty officer was told that the male subject was wearing a red jumpsuit and a red hat and was asked to leave The Fillmore Silver Spring earlier that evening. The off-duty officer also learned that an employee watched the subject retrieve a handgun from a vehicle that had stopped outside of the building.  The off-duty officer called for assistance from on-duty police units.

Responding officers found a male subject matching Saunders’ description walking in an alley behind the Fillmore. Officers ordered Saunders to stop but he refused to comply and continued walking away from the officers. Saunders opened the lid to a dumpster and threw a silver object inside the dumpster and then complied with the officers’ orders to stop.

Officers checked the dumpster and found a loaded handgun inside and determined that the handgun was reported stolen from Suffolk, Virginia. Officers also determined that Saunders was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous felony conviction.

Saunders was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with handgun offenses and theft: less than $1,000. He is currently being held on a $15,000 bond.



Germantown Pedestrian Collision Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious pedestrian collision that occurred Friday evening in Germantown.

At approximately 6:11 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the northbound lanes of Route 355, just north of Scenery Drive, for the report of a collision involving a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the pedestrian, identified as Damien Anthony Denning, 47 years old, of an unconfirmed address, was crossing n the 19600 block of Route 355.  A red, 1998, Chevrolet Malibu was traveling north on Route 355 and struck Denning while he was crossing in the traffic lanes.  Denning was transported to Suburban Hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as James Wesley Ford, 52 years old, of Appledowre Court in Germantown.  Ford was transported to Holy Cross Germantown with non-life threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Death Investigation Leads to Discovery of Drugs

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and detectives from the Special Investigations Division are investigating the death of a 35-year-old man and evidence of drug activity at a residence on Winona Court in the Kemp Mill area of Silver Spring.

The decedent is identified as Ethan Wiley Villemez, 35 years old, of the Winona Court address.  No foul play is suspected in Villemez’ death and according to family, Villemez had long-term health issues.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet released the results of the autopsy.

Investigation determined that yesterday evening, Villemez’ brother went to the home to check on Villemez’ welfare after he was unable to make contact with him; Villemez’ brother located the decedent in the foyer and called 9-1-1 at approximately 7:36 p.m. Police and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the Winona Court home and upon arriving at the scene, pronounced Villemez deceased.

Police found marijuana growing inside the home and also located chemicals commonly associated with the manufacuture of other drugs.  The chemicals and other evidence of drugs were removed from the home and there is no risk to the public.


Detectives Investigate Shooting in Silver Spring

crime alertDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the shooting of a 47-year-old man that occurred last night in Silver Spring.

On November 5 at approximately 6:57 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 9500 block of Clement Road for the report of a shooting. The victim was transported to an area hospital in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound to the body. At this time, the victim is listed in stable condition and detectives will interview him today regarding the assault.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim answered his residence door and a confrontation took place between the victim and two male suspects at the front door. The victim stated that one of the suspects shot him and both suspects fled from the area. Investigators believe that this assault is not random. Detectives do not believe there is a danger to the community.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers can remain anonymous.


Update: Montgomery Village Death Ruled a Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was discovered on November 2 in Montgomery Village.  The death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives are identifying the victim as Roberto Gutierrez Cruz, 22 years old, of the 18400 block of Lost Knife Road in Montgomery Village.

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of his death a homicide and the cause of his death as a gunshot wound.  Detectives believe that the homicide occurred at some point in the 48 hours prior to the discovery of the victim.

This remains an ongoing investigation and detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward.