Detectives Seek Help from the Public to Identify Suspect in Street Robbery and Assault; Composite of Suspect Released

Suspect Computer-generated Composite

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Investigative Section are seeking help from the public as they investigate a robbery and assault that occurred on Monday, September 17 at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Laytonsville Road in Laytonsville.

Today they are releasing a computer-generated composite sketch of the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the adult female victim was driving a black 2017 Toyota Rav4 Sports Utility, when she pulled over in the 23600 block of Laytonville Road to use her phone. She did not notice that a car pulled up and stopped behind her.

While she was on the phone, the unknown male suspect got out of his car and walked up to her car. She did not open her door, but rolled down a window. The suspect demanded cash and she complied. He then reached in through the open window to assault her.

As the suspect saw other vehicles approaching, he ran away and got back into what is described as a small, black, four-door vehicle, possibly a Mazda. He drove off on Laytonsville Road towards Laytonsville.

The suspect is described as a black male, of unknown age, 6’ 2” tall, weighing 175 pounds, with brown eyes, very short black hair and has a gold upper tooth. He was wearing black jeans and a long-sleeved black T-shirt.

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the suspect, or who was driving in the vicinity during the time of this incident and may have seen the encounter, to call them at 240-773-6237.

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Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Sexual Assault Suspect; Composite Released

Composite of Sexual Assault Suspect

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Monday, August 13 at approximately 11 p.m., at a Rockville apartment complex. Today, investigators are releasing a computer-generated composite and are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

On Monday, August 13 officers responded to the 200 block of Rollins Avenue in Rockville for the report of a sexual assault.  Detectives determined that the suspect approached a female who was sitting outside talking on her cell phone. The suspect grabbed the victim forcibly by her shirt, and attempted to remove her pants.  The victim fought back and the suspect fled from the scene in an unknown direction.

The victim assisted in the creation of a computer-generated composite of the suspect who attacked her. He is described as an Asian male in his mid-30’s, approximately 5′ 7″ tall with a husky build. He has a broad face with a wide jawline, acne on his cheeks, black hair, and brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a tan baseball cap, a tan T-shirt, and was not wearing pants.

Detectives are releasing the computer-generated composite and are asking anyone with information about this incident or the suspect to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050. 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 and/or indictment of the suspect.

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Detectives Seek Help from the Public to Locate a Man Missing from Silver Spring

Brice Oblee Byrd

Update: 08/22/2018 – Brice Oblee Byrd has been located safe and unharmed.

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

Brice Oblee Byrd, age 36, of the 500 block of Thayer Avenue, was last seen by a caretaker at approximately 12 p.m. on Sunday, August 12. He left his residence on foot, and it is not known what he was wearing at that time.

Byrd is described as an African American male, 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 130 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes. Byrd is known to frequent areas of Washington, D.C.

Mr. Byrd is without his prescribed medication. Police and caretakers are concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brice Byrd is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Detectives Seek Assistance from Public to Locate Missing 14-Year-Old Girl

Diamond Janel Steward

UPDATE: August 21, 2018 – Diamond Janel Steward has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help to locate a 14-year-old girl missing from Silver Spring.

Diamond Janel Steward is described as a black female, 5 feet tall, weighing 110 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen on August 13 at approximately 9:45 p.m. at her residence in the 14900 block of Peach Orchard Drive. At that time she was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt.

She is known to frequent the area of 53rd Street in northeast Washington D.C.

Anyone who has information about Diamond Janel Steward’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number: 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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An Individual Associated with Addiction Recovery Treatment Housing Facilities Charged with Sexual Offenses

Steven Mitchell

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division have been investigating the reports of sexual offenses by an individual associated with the Stepping Stones Recovery Houses which provides transitional housing to individuals after treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

The continuing investigation revealed that on March 21, 2017, a female victim was visiting a resident of the Stepping Stones house located at 602 First Street in Rockville when a man associated with the facility asked to speak to the female victim in his room. When she walked in, he pushed her down on the bed and sexually assaulted her.

During the March incident investigation, detectives were contacted by a second victim at a different Stepping Stones house in reference to an incident occurring in July of 2018. On July 7, 2018 the female victim, who was a resident of the Stepping Stones house located at 208 Reading Terrace in Rockville reported being sexually assaulted by an individual associated with Stepping Stones Recovery Houses. The investigation revealed that the house manager called the suspect and asked for his help in evaluating an intoxicated resident. The suspect arrived and went into the victim’s room on two occasions that evening and sexually assaulted her each time.

Steven G. Mitchell, age 53, of the 600 block of First Street in Rockville, the individual associated with Stepping Stones Recovery Houses was arrested on July 13, for the March 21 incident after DNA comparisons were obtained. Mitchell was charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sexual offense, and second-degree assault.

Mitchell was also confirmed as the suspect responsible for the July 7 incident. Today, August 9, he was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual offense, two counts of fourth-degree sexual contact without consent, four counts of second-degree rape, for the July 7 incident. Bond information is not yet available.

Special Victims Investigations Division Detectives are concerned that there are other victims. Anyone who believes that they have been victimized by Mitchell is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5400.

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