Detectives Charge Man with Visual Surveillance at a Rockville Cheerleading Studio

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested Cristian Gill, age 21, of Blandford Street in Rockville, for conducting visual surveillance of juveniles and adults in a business’ bathroom with prurient intent and without their consent.

On February 12, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the Shockwave Allstars cheerleading program located at 20 Southlawn Court in Rockville for a suspicious situation.  The complainant, the owner of the business, explained that on February 9, an employee called him and let him know that someone had left a USB or similar device near a sink in a unisex bathroom in the studio.  The owner, who was out of town, instructed the employee to leave it by the computer and that he would attempt to locate the device’s owner when he returned to the business.

The owner stated that earlier in the day on February 12, Cristian Gill, a gymnastics and cheerleading instructor at the studio, requested a meeting with him and they met in the parking lot of the business.  When they met, Gill handed the owner the device which had been found by the other employee in the bathroom (and which the employee had left by the computer).  Gill told him that the device was a camera he had placed in the bathroom and that he never recorded anything.  Gill showed him where in the bathroom he placed the camera.  Gill was asked to leave the property and he (the owner) notified the Police Department.

Officers took custody of the device, a camera designed to avoid detection.  A SD card can be inserted into the camera to store and transfer data and the camera also has internal storage capabilities.

A review of the business’ surveillance video by detectives indicated that Gill left the studio on February 9 presumably with his camera that had been found by another employee and did not return to the studio until February 12 when he met with the owner.

During a search of Gill’s home, (at the time he was residing in Silver Spring), investigators seized several electronic devices.  Forensic analysis of the devices by Electronic Crimes Unit officers was completed and approximately 49 photographs that had been taken in the Shockwave Allstars bathroom were located on an electronic tablet.  The photos were of both female and male adults and juveniles.  There were also photographs of Gill putting the camera into place in the bathroom.  Forensic analysis also revealed that there had been additional images and video files from the bathroom on the tablet but that at some point, all of the original photos were deleted from the device.

During this investigation, several of the victims from the images have been identified.  These identified victims are juvenile females and female and male adults.  Some of the photographs are not of a complete person and therefore identification in these cases is difficult if not impossible.  Investigators believe that the victims who are able to be identified have been identified and have been notified.

On April 24, detectives obtained a warrant for Gil’s arrest, charging him with multiple counts of conducting visual surveillance of another person in a private place without consent.  Gil was arrested yesterday (April 25) and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was held without bond and will have bond review today.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Special Victims Investigations Division detectives at 240-773-5400. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Cristian Gill

Suspect Arrested for Silver Spring Attempted Rape

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have charged Nahom Mamo, age 19, of an unconfirmed address, with the sexual assault and attempted second-degree rape of a 17-year-old female.  Mamo committed these offenses yesterday morning inside an apartment building lobby in Silver Spring.

On Thursday, April 19 at approximately 7:29 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 8700 block of Colesville Road for the report of an attempted rape that just occurred.

The investigation by officers revealed that the suspect was standing in the lobby of an apartment building located in the 8700 block of Colesville Road and engaged the victim in a conversation as she walked past him.  During the conversation, the suspect grabbed the victim by her wrists and sexually assaulted her.  The victim broke free from the suspect’s grasp, fled, and called 9-1-1.

The victim provided responding officers with the suspect’s physical description.  Officers located an individual exiting the apartment building who matched the suspect’s description and whose pants were unzipped.  They stopped the subject and identified him as Mamo.  The victim identified Mamo as the suspect who had assaulted her.   Mamo was arrested and during a police interview, he admitted to grabbing the victim and stated to investigators that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her.

Mamo was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with attempted second-degree rape, fourth-degree sexual offense – sexual contact, and second-degree assault.  Mamo was held without bond and will have bond review today in District Court.

Nahom Mamo

Update: Additional Suspect Charged in White Oak Rape Investigation

Mike Rolsky Antoine

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division continue to investigate the March 28 rape by multiple suspects of a 19-tear-old female that occurred in a home on Lockwood Drive.   On April 7, Martin Moise Chery, age 21, of the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak, Jordan W. Cobbs, age 20, of the 100 block of Applegrove Road in Silver Spring, and Tombong S. Saidy, age 18, of the 3500 block of Farthing Drive in Wheaton, were arrested and charged with the rape of the victim.  Today, a fourth suspect, Mike Rolsky Antoine, age 22, of the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and conspiracy to commit rape.

On March 28, 4th District officers responded to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, located at 18101 Prince Philip Drive in Olney for the report of a rape that had just occurred.  The victim stated to investigators that earlier that evening, she was playing dominoes with the five suspects inside of an apartment in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak.  The victim stated that everyone in the apartment had been drinking and that at one point she went to a bedroom to lay down.  The victim reported that while she was in the bedroom, Chery, Saidy, Cobb, Antoine, and an additional suspect entered the bedroom.  Chery and Saidy forcibly raped the victim.  After Chery and Saidy assaulted the victim, Cobb then forcibly raped the victim.  After Cobb’s assault, Antoine and the additional suspect then simultaneously raped the victim.

On April 10, detectives obtained a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Antoine charging him with rape.  On April 13, Antoine was arrested at his home and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Bond Information is not yet available.   Detectives are still working to locate and confirm the identity of the remaining suspect.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about these crimes or the remaining suspect to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240.773.5400.

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Multiple Suspects Charged in White Oak Rape Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested the following male suspects with crimes relating to a 19-year-old female being raped and assaulted multiple times on March 28.

Martin Moise Chery, age 21, of the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak, charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and first-degree assault.

Jordan W. Cobbs, age 20, of the 100 block of Applegrove Road in Silver Spring, charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and conspiracy to commit rape.

Tombong S. Saidy, age 18, of the 3500 block of Farthing Drive in Wheaton, charged with first-degree rape, second degree rape, and conspiracy to commit rape. 

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating two additional males who were present in the White Oak apartment and raped and assaulted the victim.

On March 28, 4th District officers responded to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, located at 18101 Prince Philip Drive in Olney for the report of a rape that had just occurred.  The victim stated to investigators that earlier that evening, she was playing dominoes with the five suspects inside of an apartment in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak.  The victim stated that everyone in the apartment had been drinking and that at one point she went to a bedroom to lay down.  The victim reported that while she was in the bedroom, Chery, Saidy, Cobb, and the two additional suspects entered the bedroom.  Chery and Saidy forcibly raped the victim.  After Chery and Saidy assaulted the victim, Cobb then forcibly raped the victim.  After Cobb’s assault, the two unnamed suspects then simultaneously raped the victim.

Detectives identified Chery, Cobb, and Saidy and on April 4, obtained a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging them with rape and assault.  Detectives are still working to locate and confirm the identities of the two remaining suspects.

Chery, Cobb, and Saidy were arrested on the strength of a warrant for their respective charges.  Chery and Cobbs are being held without bond.  Saidy is scheduled for bond review at the Rockville District Court tomorrow (April 10) at 1p.m.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about these crimes or the two remaining suspects to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240.773.5400.

Martin “Fat Mo” Chery

Jordan Cobbs

 

Tombong Saidy

 

 

 

 

Former Montgomery County Public Schools Employee Charged with Sexual Offense

Detectives with the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Hector Hermes Lagos Toro, age 58, of Locustdale Drive in Germantown, with sexual abuse of a minor and a third degree sex offense.  The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the 2010 – 2011 school year and involve Toro, in his role as a paraeducator, allowing a 7-year-old female elementary school student to reach into his pants pocket to look for candy.

In March 2018, the victim, (who is now 15), came forward to police and reported the abuse.  The victim stated that on a date in the 2010-2011 school year, Toro was monitoring second grade indoor recess as part of his role as an instructional assistant at Stedwick Elementary School.  The victim stated that Toro allowed her to reach into his pockets and manipulate his private area as she searched for candy.

During an interview with detectives, Toro confirmed that children at the school frequently placed their hands in his pockets in search of treats.

Toro was arrested on the strength of a criminal warrant on Friday, March 30, and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was released on bond.

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who may have had contact with Hector Hermes Lagos Toro to talk to their children about any interaction with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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Hector Hermes Lagos Toro