Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a double shooting that occurred yesterday evening in Germantown. Investigators believe that this was not a random event and there is some prior association between the suspect(s) and the victims.
On Tuesday, December 12 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the reports of two persons who had been shot in the area of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road.
Upon arrival, first responders located the two victims inside a food establishment. A 26-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body and a 27-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body. Both victims were transported to an area hospital. Their injuries are described as non-life threatening.
This double shooting remains an open investigation. Detectives continue to interview witnesses and canvass the area to gather information and obtain additional details.
Anyone with information regarding this double shooting is urged to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.
Peter Kevin Banfield
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section have charged Peter Kevin Banfield, age 35, of the 1100 block of Southern Night Lane in Gaithersburg, with reckless endangerment and destruction of property for discharging a firearm which caused damage to a church on two occasions.
On the evening of Wednesday, November 15, a parishioner of the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road called police after he was attending a service at the church and noticed a bullet hole in a window frame near the front entrance. Police responded and a bullet fragment was recovered from the frame. Church representatives told police they were unsure of when the shots were fired.
On Thursday, November 16 at approximately 11:13 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the area of the church for the report of sounds of multiple gunshots. First responders noticed that the church had sustained damage from apparent gunfire and officers recovered bullet fragments at the scene. Officers also located and recovered multiple shell casings on Muncaster Mill Road near the church.
On November 17, detectives released information to the media and public and asked for help in identifying a suspect. Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Banfield as the suspect.
On November 29, detectives obtained a Montgomery County Search and Seizure warrant for Banfield’s residence. During the search, investigators recovered a handgun and ammunition in Banfield’s bedroom.
A forensics analysis was conducted on the shell casings recovered from the scene of the firearm discharges at the church and the handgun and ammunition recovered during the search warrant. The forensic analysis indicated that the handgun recovered during the search was the same weapon that was used during the firearm discharges at the church.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Banfield charging him with reckless endangerment, destruction of religious property, destruction of property over $1,000, and discharging a firearm in an urban area. On December 5, Banfield was arrested in Rockville on the strength of the arrest warrant. Bond information for Banfield is not yet available.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Phuoc V. Phan, age 43, of an unconfirmed address, Hiey Hieu Vo, age 42, of the 8900 block of Albert Stewart Lane in Silver Spring, Nhan V. Bui, age 44, of an unconfirmed address, and Kha Ngoc Do, age 43, of the 13100 block of Tamarack Road in Silver Spring, with the attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder of three victims during a shooting which occurred on June 21, 1994 in the 8500 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring. Phan and Do are currently incarcerated in the Montgomery County Detention Center on these charges. Bui is currently serving a sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution. Petersburg Low facility in Petersburg Virginia.
Phan, Vo, Bui, and Do were associated with the criminal street gang “So Koh”. This gang was active in Maryland during the 1990’s. Several members of the “So Koh” street gang are persons of interest in the January 12, 1997 homicides of Hiek Chung and Chai Tan. Chung and Tan’s murders occurred in the King’s Kitchen Chinese Carryout located at 9224 Warren Street in Silver Spring.
If anyone has information on the above referenced homicides or any other unsolved homicide(s) from the 1990’s, please contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.
Note: a mugshot of Phouc V. Phan is not available
Nhan V. Bui
Kha Ngoc Do
Hieu Hien Vo
Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Station have arrested Cesar Morales, age 22, of the 1300 block of Newton Street in Northwest, Washington, D.C. and have charged him as a fugitive from justice from the District of Columbia. Morales was wanted by the Metropolitan Police Department for the August 25 assault involving a handgun that occurred at the Columbia Heights Metro Station in the District.
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 5:09 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the area of the 11100 block of Veirs Mill Road after an alert resident observed a suspect in that area who matched Morales’ description. The resident called the Emergency Communications Center (911) and told dispatchers that he/she recognized the suspect from media reports and photographs and knew that the suspect was wanted by the Metropolitan Police Department.
An officer who arrived at the scene observed the suspect in the area of 11160 Veirs Mill Road. The suspect fled on foot toward a nearby parking garage as the officer approached him. Officers were searching the parking garage for the suspect when a concerned passerby notified an officer that they had observed the suspect hiding under a parked car in the garage. Officers subsequently located the suspect hiding under a parked vehicle, identified him as Morales, and arrested him without incident.
Morales was transported to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) where he was charged as a fugitive from justice from Washington, D.C. Morales will undergo an extradition process in Maryland before he can be returned to the District of Columbia.
Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in Burtonsville.
On Monday, August 21 at approximately 2:53 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for the report of an assault occurring inside of a vehicle located at the intersection of Cedar Tree Drive and Red Maple Court. Third District officers responded to that location and determined that the vehicle was no longer in the area. Officers did, however, observe evidence found on the scene that indicated that a possible shooting had occurred in that area. At approximately 3:22 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center was notified by a local hospital that a male victim had been dropped off at the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
During the investigation of the shooting, officers who were in the area of Cedar Tree Drive observed a black, 2012 Acura MDX driving toward Red Maple Court. When the driver of the Acura, described as an African-American male wearing a grey shirt, observed the officers, he abruptly accelerated the vehicle and fled from the neighborhood. Officers observed the license plate of the Acura as it fled and determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen on August 13 from the 14400 block of Stepping Stone Way in Burtonsville.
A short time later, officers located the stolen Acura abandoned nearby on Riding Stable Road. At approximately 4:24 p.m., an officer in the area of Riding Stable Road observed a subject who matched the description of the driver of the stolen Acura in a wooded area behind the 6100 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road. Officers stopped the subject, identified him as a 16-year-old male, and determined that he was the driver of the stolen Acura. The suspect was arrested and charged as a juvenile with the theft of the Acura. He was later released to the custody of his parents. Detectives have determined that this juvenile and the stolen Acura are not related to the shooting investigation.
This shooting remains an open investigation. Detectives continue to interview witnesses and canvass the neighborhood to gather information and obtain additional details.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.