Suspect Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Attempted Rape

Jeffrey Michael Uy

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Jeffrey Michael Uy, age 22, of Tall Pine Lane in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, with the assault and attempted second-degree rape of a 24-year-old female.  Uy committed these offenses yesterday afternoon in a Gaithersburg area park.  Detectives are concerned that Uy may have assaulted additional victims.  Anyone with information regarding Uy or a victim is urged to call the police 24-hour non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

On Monday, August 14 at approximately 10:42 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for the report of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park located near Frederick Road and Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg.

The investigation by officers revealed that the victim had been walking her dog on a trail in the park when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect started to talk to her about her dog and then asked her twice to have sex.  When the victim refused, the suspect then grabbed her by her arms and attempted to restrain her.  The victim freed herself from the suspect’s grasp and fled on foot into the park with the suspect chasing her.  Once the victim determined that the suspect was no longer behind her, she immediately called 9-1-1.

6th District officers responded to the park and as they spoke to the victim, she observed the suspect walking on a nearby trail and pointed him out to the officers.  Officers stopped the suspect and identified him as Uy.

During a police interview, Uy admitted to grabbing the victim and stated to investigators that he intended to have sex with her. Uy further told detectives that he went to the park for the specific purposes of finding someone with whom to engage in sexual intercourse.  Uy further said that he did not care if the victim refused his requests and that he was going to have intercourse with her regardless.

Uy was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with one count of attempted second-degree rape and one count of second-degree assault.  He was ordered to be held without bond.

Montgomery County Police offer the following safety tips when recreating in the parks:

  • Notify family and/or friends of your plans – where you will be and what time that you expect to return.
  • Know the name and location of the park/facility that you are using
  • Always carry a cell phone with you and ensure that it is fully charged
  • Should you need emergency services, knowing your exact location at all times will help rescue personnel locate you quicker
  • Be observant and aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Avoid poorly lit or desolate areas
  • If you feel uncomfortable in someone’s presence, trust your feelings and take measures to distance yourself from him or her

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Detectives Investigate Rape in Gaithersburg; Composite of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the early morning July 26 rape of a 26-year-old female that occurred after she exited a restaurant/bar in Gaithersburg.

On Wednesday, July 26, officers were called to investigate the report of a sexual assault.  SVID detectives spoke with the victim, who reported that at approximately 2:30 a.m., she had exited Quincy’s Bar and Grille (616 Quince Orchard Road) in Gaithersburg with a male that she had met in the establishment.  Once outside, the male forced her to a grassy area adjacent to the Quince Orchard Plaza shopping center.  The victim stated that she freed herself from the suspect’s grasp as he was forcing her to the field but he was able to reestablish a hold on her.  The suspect then raped the victim.  After the assault, the suspect fled and the victim drove to her home to report the assault to police.

Detectives are releasing a composite sketch of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5′ 3″ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing glasses and had facial hair.

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or who may have information about this rape 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 their line that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Germantown Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Juvenile; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Charles Ebenezer Berry Jr., age 21, of the 21200 block of Bunyan Circle in Germantown, for the rape of a 13-year-old female.

On June 23, the victim’s family reported her as a missing juvenile to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland.  The next day, June 24, the victim contacted her family and said that she was at the Extended Stay America Hotel located at 20141 Century Boulevard in Germantown.  Family members drove to the hotel and returned with the victim to Washington County.  On June 24, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was informed of this information by the victim’s family, and determined that the victim was at a hotel with a man who hotel records indicated was Berry Jr.

SVID investigators interviewed the victim and learned that in 2016, when the victim was 12-years-old, Berry Jr. and the victim began corresponding with each other on the social media applications “Instagram” and “Snapchat”.  The victim stated to investigators that she and Berry Jr. had met in person on a previous occasion and that he knew she was 13-years-old.   The victim further stated that on the evening of June 23, Berry Jr. picked her up at her residence in Washington County and drove her to the Extended Stay America Hotel in Germantown where they engaged in sexual acts.

On July 21, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Berry Jr. charging him with one count of second-degree rape (this second-degree rape charge is applicable because the victim was under the age of 14 and the suspect was four or more years older).

On July 27, detectives arrested Berry Jr. near his home on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.  Berry Jr. is being held without bond.

Investigators believe that Berry Jr. may have corresponded with other juvenile females via various social media applications and that there may be additional victims.   Anyone who believes that their child may have corresponded with and/or met with Berry Jr. is asked to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

*The Montgomery County Police Department is an affiliate member of the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force*

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KinderCare Worker Charged with Sex Offense; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Raul Teroy Tuban

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division have arrested and charged Raul Teroy Tuban, age 56, of the 9400 block of Horizon Run Road in Montgomery Village, with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense against a juvenile female victim.  The alleged abuse occurred while the 3-year-old victim attended the KinderCare Learning Center located at 18000 Sioux Lane in Gaithersburg where Tuban worked as a cook.

In November of 2016, detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) received information that Tuban had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim while she was at the KinderCare Learning Center.

Investigators learned that the victim attended the KinderCare Learning Center and detectives determined that she knew Tuban worked in the lunch room of the center.  Investigators also learned that Tuban worked as a driver for the center and would often drive children to and from the learning center.  The investigation revealed that on October 22, 2016, the victim was taking a nap at the KinderCare and awoke to find Tuban touching her inappropriately.  Later that day, the victim reported Tuban’s inappropriate contact to a family member.  Detectives were notified of the allegations on November 22, 2016.

During a police interview, Tuban provided detectives with inconsistent statements regarding the inappropriate contact with the victim.

After a lengthy and complex investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Tuban’s arrest.  On July 14, Tuban was arrested at his home on the strength of the arrest warrant.  He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Investigators are releasing this information in order to determine if any other juveniles were victimized by Tuban. Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who attend/attended the KinderCare Learning Center talk to their children about their interactions with Tuban and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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Correctional Officer Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmate

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division have charged Olukunle A. Oyekanmi, a Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) Correctional Officer, with second degree sexual assault and other related charges.  These criminal violations are alleged to have occurred while Oyekanmi was on duty at the DOCR Clarksburg correctional facility, where the adult victim, who identifies as a female, is an inmate.

Investigation revealed that Oyekanmi entered the victim’s cell on Tuesday, July 11 at approximately 6:20 a.m., allegedly sexually assaulted the victim, and exited the cell.  Notification was made of the assault and DOCR staff began coordinating with police investigators.

Detectives reviewed jail video surveillance that showed Oyekanmi enter the victim’s cell and remain inside of the cell for the period of time the victim stated the assault occurred.

During an interview with detectives, Oyekanmi admitted to sexually assaulting the victim in the cell.  Yesterday evening detectives arrested Oyekanmi at his residence and transported him to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) for processing.

Oyekanmi, a 41-year old male, was charged with one count each of second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, sexual contact with an inmate, and malfeasance in office.  He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

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