Suspect Arrested for Silver Spring Rape and Attempted Second-Degree Murder of Victim

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Kevin Mendoza, age 26, of the 8500 block of 16th Street in Silver Spring, with the first-degree rape and attempted second-degree murder of an adult female that occurred at an apartment building in Silver Spring.

On August 16 at approximately 11:55 p.m., officers responded to the report of a rape that had just occurred at an apartment building in the 8500 block of 16th Street.  Investigation by SVID detectives has determined that the victim was carrying items from her vehicle parked in the parking lot to the apartment building when she noticed a male that appeared to be following her.  As she unlocked the door to the building, the male suspect grabbed her from behind and threw her to the floor.  The victim attempted to yell and resist but the suspect began to strangle her with his hands.  As the victim continued to attempt to escape the suspect struck her multiple times in the face and head with a closed fist.  The suspect then raped the victim.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of multiple injuries sustained during the attack. Doctors advised detectives that the severity of the strangulation the victim suffered could have resulted in her death.

Through investigation, Mendoza, who is a former resident of the apartment building in which he committed the rape, was developed as a suspect.

Today, at approximately 10:34 a.m., officers arrested Mendoza on Ross Road in Silver Spring.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape, attempted second-degree murder, and first-degree assault.  Bond information is not available at this time.

Kevin Mendoza

 

Fairland Area Man Charged with Sexual Offenses Involving Juvenile Female

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Jeankite Joseph, age 49, of the 13600 block of Cedar Creek Lane in the Fairland area of Silver Spring, with committing sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sexual offense.  Joseph is a Pastor of the Church of Messengers of God which is located at his home in Silver Spring.  The victim, a family member and a congregant of his church, was 11 at the time of the offense.

On May 31, 2019, SVID detectives received information regarding this sexual abuse.  Investigation determined that the incident occurred on December 31, 2014.  The victim and her family were at Joseph’s home for a prayer service.  After the prayer service concluded, the victim’s mother went to work and the victim was left in the care and custody of Joseph and his wife.  During that time, Joseph inappropriately touched the victim and initiated sexual contact with her.

A warrant was issued for Joseph’s arrest on June 25 and he was arrested by law enforcement officers in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 28.  Joseph was extradited to Montgomery County on July 12 and was released on bond.

Investigators are asking that anyone who believes that he/she was victimized by Joseph or anyone who believes that his/her child was victimized by Joseph to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

 

Jeankite Joseph

Instructor at Art Center in Gaithersburg Charged with Sexual Abuse of Two Juvenile Male Students

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Gene Alphonse Brugada Pasay, age 30, of the 14300 block of Rose Tree Court in Silver Spring, with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.  Pasay committed these offenses while he was an instructor at the Renaissance Art Center located on Gaither Road in Gaithersburg.  The two male victims, ages 10 and 11 at the time of the abuse, were Pasay’s students at the center.

On June 4, SVID investigators received information about possible sexual abuse committed by Pasay.  Detectives spoke with the two victims, who stated that the abuse occurred between September 2018 and March 2019 during an art class at the Renaissance Art Center.  The abuse included (but was not limited to) Pasay making sexual gestures, talking about topics of a sexual and graphic nature, and showing the two students inappropriate videos and photographs.

On July 15, Pasay was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He is being held without bond.

Investigators are asking that anyone who believes that he/she was victimized by Pasay or anyone who believes that his/her child was victimized by Pasay to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

Gene Pasay

Man Charged with Rape and Sex Offense of 12-Year-Old Female

James Allen Booker

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged James Allen Booker, age 59, of Weymouth Street in Upper Marlboro, with the second-degree rape and third-degree sex offense of a 12-year-old female.  These charges stem from a May 23rd incident where Booker drove the victim to her residence in Wheaton and then sexually assaulted her in his vehicle. Booker and the victim did not know each other prior to this incident.

The victim stated to detectives that on the afternoon of Thursday, May 23rd, she was walking home from school during a thunderstorm.  As she walked home, the suspect pulled his vehicle alongside her and asked her if she would like a ride home.  The victim accepted the suspect’s ride offer, entered his vehicle, and provided him with her home address.

The suspect drove the victim to her home and parked his vehicle in front of the victim’s residence.  The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim as they sat in his parked car.  After the assault, the suspect allowed the victim to exit his vehicle.  The victim entered her residence and immediately told a parent about what had just occurred.  That parent then contacted the police.

During the investigation, detectives identified Booker as the suspect.  This afternoon (Tuesday, May 28th), Booker was arrested at his place of employment in the Wheaton area on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant.   Booker was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of second-degree rape and one count of a third-degree sex offense.  Bond information for Booker is not yet available.

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Suspect Charged in 2017 Rape

Victor Jamar Killen

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Victor Jamar Killen, age 26, of the 9800 block of Cottrell Terrace in Silver Spring, for the 2017 first-degree rape, assault, and kidnapping of an adult female victim.  Investigators are still working to determine where in Montgomery County these crimes occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that on December 22, 2017, the victim was a passenger in a vehicle when two suspects, both wearing masks, entered the vehicle.  One suspect pointed a weapon at the victim and covered her eyes.  The victim was then driven to an unknown location within Montgomery County.  The suspect who was armed with the weapon forced the victim from the car and into what is believed to have been an interior area of an unknown apartment complex.  The suspect then raped the victim.

After the rape, the suspect had the victim dropped off near a shopping center in an unknown area of Silver Spring.  The victim later contacted police.

During the investigation, the suspect’s DNA was recovered as evidence and entered into a national law enforcement DNA database (The Combined DNA Index System – CODIS).

In January of 2019, detectives were notified that the suspect DNA entered into CODIS matched the DNA belonging to Killen.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Killen charging him with one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of kidnapping.

On Sunday, May 12, Montgomery County police detectives were notified by officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department that they had arrested Killen for the outstanding Montgomery County warrant following a traffic stop at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Killen was transported to the Central Processing Facility (CPU) where he is currently being held without bond.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Detectives continue to work to identify any additional suspects in this crime.

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