Update to June 11 Officer-Involved Shooting

Today, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division met with members of the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office (HCSAO) as the HCSAO will be conducting an independent review of the Montgomery County Police officer-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, June 11.

During this meeting, Major Crimes detectives and HCSAO members discussed the information that detectives have gathered and provided thus far to the HCSAO.

The release of body-worn camera footage to the public was discussed during this meeting. The HCSAO requested that the Police Department not release the footage at this time as such release could potentially have an adverse impact upon the HCSAO investigation and any possible judicial proceedings.  This issue will be reviewed again as this process furthers.

The report detailing the victim’s autopsy findings are not complete at this time.

The Police Department will continue to communicate and coordinate with the HCSAO.  As additional information becomes available, it will be released to the public.

PRS/RLG

Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing Silver Spring Woman

Monica Quintanilla

Update: July 10, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. -Monica Quintanilla has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section are asking the public for help to locate a missing Silver Spring woman.

Monica Quintanilla, age 20, was reported missing by her family. She is described as an Hispanic female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. 

Ms. Quintanilla wandered away from her home on Mt. Pisgah Road. The family reports that she functions at the level of a 10-year-old, and police and family members are concerned for her welfare. 

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Monica Quintanilla is asked to call the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section, at 240-773-6870, or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).

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Detectives Charge Three Suspects with Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Unit along with investigators from the Gaithersburg Police Department Street Crimes Unit, and the Rockville City Police Department Street Crimes Unit have arrested and charged Hong Wang, age 56, and Xiaoxia Lin, age 42, both from the 12500 block of Laurel Grove Road in Germantown, and Hanfeng Zhang, age 55, of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road in Germantown, with prostitution and human trafficking-related offenses.

In December of 2017, the Montgomery County Police Department became aware of possible prostitution and human trafficking occurring at four massage parlors located in Montgomery County.

Through investigation, detectives identified two massage parlors located at 966 Hungerford Drive, a massage parlor located at 7246 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood, and a massage parlor located at 28 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Investigators learned that the four massage parlors were owned and/or operated by Lin, Wang, and Zhang.

During the investigation, detectives identified that two Asian females (both of whom possessed identification indicating that they were from the State of New York) were being housed in an apartment in the 800 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.  Detectives observed Lin driving the females to the four massage parlors in order to work.   Detectives further learned through interviews that females who were working in the four spas would often provide sexual services to the male customers.

On June 12, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Lin, Wang, and Zhang charging them with human trafficking and prostitution offenses.  All three were arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County warrants.  Lin and Wang are currently being held on a $25,000 bond.  Bond information for Zhang is not currently available.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives anticipate that additional suspects may be charged.  Detectives believe that Lin, Wang, and Zhang, may have engaged in the human trafficking of additional victims.

Investigators are urging anyone who has information with regard to criminal activity involving any of these suspects to contact the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5959.

RLG

Hong Wang

 

Xiaoxia Lin

Hanfeng Zhang

 

Detectives Investigate Undetermined Death in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating the undetermined death of an adult male who was located injured in the roadway of Huggins Drive in the Wheaton area.

On June 10 at approximately 10:01 p.m., 4th District officers and Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the 11800 block of Huggins Drive for the report of a person in the road.  First responders located the male and he was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Because it is still unclear how the victim sustained his injuries, Major Crimes and Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives will conduct a joint investigation.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The identity of the victim will be released when it is confirmed.

Anyone with information about this undetermined death is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5700.

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Detectives Release Surveillance Video of Suspect Vandalizing Police Cruiser; Ask for Public’s Help to Identify

Suspect who vandalized a marked Montgomery County Police vehicle.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are investigating the vandalism of a marked, Montgomery County Police Department patrol vehicle.  The vandalism occurred yesterday in the 9800 block of Mahogany Drive in Gaithersburg.  Investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect vandalizing the cruiser and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On Wednesday, June 6, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from someone who reported that he/she was video recording a suspect who was standing on the hood of an unoccupied Montgomery County Police vehicle and was using an object to break through the front windshield of the car.  The suspect fled prior to officers arriving to the area.

The investigation by officers determined that the suspect used a rock to break the front windshield of the patrol vehicle.  The suspect then removed the rear-view mirror from the interior of the car and put it on the roof of the vehicle before fleeing.

Anyone with information regarding this vandalism and/or the suspect is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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