Suspect Arrested for Second-Degree Rape in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Demitrious Harriott, age 24, of the 8500 block of 16th Street, with the second-degree rape and robbery of an adult female that occurred early this morning at an apartment building in Silver Spring.

Today, November 15, at approximately 2:55 a.m., officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred at an apartment building in the 8500 block of 16th Street.  Investigation by SVID detectives has determined that the victim and Harriott (known to the victim as “Johnny”) began talking via a dating application.  They arranged to meet at Harriott’s residence (which he told the victim was located on 16th Street).  At approximately 2:30 this morning, the victim met Harriott at the apartment building.  As the victim and Harriott walked down a hallway, Harriott grabbed the victim and pushed her into a stairwell.  Harriott sexually assaulted the victim and physically assaulted her to include slamming her face into a concrete wall.  Harriott stole the victim’s cell phone and fled.

Through investigation, Harriott, who is known to frequently stay at an apartment in the building, was developed as a suspect.  Harriott was arrested at that apartment at approximately 6:15 this morning.

Harriott was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with second-degree rape, robbery, and second-degree assault.  He is being held without bond.


Detectives Make Arrest in Potomac River Rapist Cold Case

Pic of Giles Daniel Warrick

Giles Daniel Warrick

Detectives from the Cold Case Unit of the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, are announcing the arrest of Giles Daniel Warrick, age 60, of Conway, South Carolina, for a string of sexual assaults that occurred between 1991 and 1998.

Warrick was taken into custody yesterday, November 13, 2019, in Horry County, South Carolina, on the strength of an arrest warrant.   Warrick was identified as the “Potomac River Rapist” who was responsible for at least eight sexual assaults in Montgomery County, Maryland and two sexual assaults in Washington, DC., one of which resulted in a homicide.

This arrest was the result of a collaborative effort between the Montgomery County Department of Police, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, over the course of almost three decades.  We wish to thank the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Horry County Police Department for their assistance with the arrest.

Warrick committed a string of sexual assaults in Montgomery County where he would cut the phone lines, force entry into homes, cover the victims’ heads and sexually assault them.  These events occurred between 1991 and 1998 within Montgomery County, Maryland.

Based on the investigation, a warrant was issued for Giles Daniel Warrick charging him with six (6) counts of First Degree Rape under Article 27, Section 462 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  Warrick was subsequently arrested on November 13, 2019, at his residence in the 200 block of Oak Log Lake Road in Horry County, South Carolina.

Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims in the area given the prolonged period of time that has elapsed involving Giles Daniel Warrick.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Questions regarding the homicide and events occurring in Washington, DC involving Giles Daniel Warrick should be directed to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Communications at 201-727-4383.



Detectives Investigating Sexual Assault in Gaithersburg Area

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) continue to investigate the November 9 sexual assault of an adult female that occurred in the Gaithersburg area.

On Saturday, November 9, at approximately 6:32 p.m., 6th District officers and Gaithersburg Police Department officers responded to a paved footpath on Longdraft Road near Clopper Lake for the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that the victim was on the footpath when the suspect pulled her into the woodline and sexually assaulted her.  A witness who was on the path heard the victim scream and came to her aid.  The suspect then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male who is approximately 30 years old.  He is approximately 6-feet tall and was wearing a black baseball cap, black sweatpants, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, and white shoes.   The suspect also had a large scar on his face going from his upper cheekbone to his mouth.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about the suspect or who may have information about this sexual assault to call the Special Victims Investigations Division 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). 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.


Virginia Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales, age 48, of Sweet Dale Court in Springfield, Virginia, with committing sexual abuse of a minor. The victim in this case is a female juvenile family member.  Hernandez-Morales has stated to detectives that he is involved with the youth ministry program at the Iglesia de Dios en Cristo Jesus (Church of God in Jesus Christ) located on W Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Investigators are concerned that there may be additional sexual abuse victims.

In August 2019, SVID detectives began an investigation regarding alleged sexual abuse of a minor by Hernandez-Morales.  SVID detectives determined that on two occasions in July 2019, when Hernandez-Morales was visiting family in the area and staying at the victim’s home in Montgomery County, he inappropriately touched the victim.  On several occasions, Hernandez-Morales attempted to engage the victim in sexual conversation.  Hernandez-Morales told the victim not to tell the other family members about these incidents.

A warrant was issued for Hernandez-Morales’ arrest and yesterday, October 29, he was arrested in Fairfax, Virginia.  He is currently being held in Virginia pending extradition to Montgomery County.

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

Luis Fredy Hernandez Morales – Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

Detectives Investigating Report of Inappropriate Touching of Female Victim in Chevy Chase Area; Suspect Composite Released

Detectives from the 2nd District are investigating an incident during which an unknown suspect inappropriately touched an adult female as she was walking in the Chevy Chase area.  The Police Department is releasing a composite of the suspect and is asking anyone with information to contact investigators.

On Thursday, September 26, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the victim was walking north on the sidewalk of Wisconsin Avenue (MD 355) in the area of Langdrum Lane.  The suspect, who was walking south on the sidewalk, inappropriately touched the victim as they passed each other.  The victim screamed at the suspect to get away from her and he continued walking.

The suspect is described as a black male and approximately 5’06” tall.  He was wearing dark colored mid-length shorts and a light-colored shirt (possibly creme or ivory).

There have been additional reports of inappropriate touching by a male suspect in the area.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters can remain anonymous.

This is a computer-created composite based on the victim’s description of the suspect.