Update: Officer-Involved Shooting of Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Investigation Continues; Suspect Believed to Have Committed Previous Bank Robbery

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Department of Police continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting of an armed bank robbery suspect that occurred yesterday in Silver Spring.

The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address. Major Crimes detectives believe that Tegegne also committed a robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank located at 8401 Colesville Road on December 24, 2018.  (Please click here to read the press release regarding the robbery).

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Christopher LaPointe, a two-and-a-half-year veteran of the Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, Officer LaPointe has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

Mikyas Tegegne (December 2018 arrest photo, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia)

Update: Two Suspects Charged After Discharging a Firearm in Downtown Silver Spring; Tipster Helped Close This Case

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section have arrested and charged Ruben Elias Gilbert, age 25, of the 500 block of Thayer Avenue in Silver Spring, and Eric Antonio Alarcon-Ozoria, age 26, of the 9300 block of Edmonston Road in Greenbelt, with assault and firearm-related charges for their involvement in discharging a firearm on June 9 in the Central Business District of Silver Spring.  No victims were reported to have been struck by the gunfire.

On June 9, at approximately 1:13 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue for the multiple reports of the sounds of shots. Responding officers spoke with several witnesses who stated that they had observed two suspects, one of whom was wearing a white shirt and armed with a handgun, chasing a male on Mayor Lane toward Silver Spring Avenue.  The suspect with the handgun fired multiple rounds at the fleeing male.  Officers located two spent shell casings in the area but were unable to locate or identify the male victim.

On July 30, detectives released surveillance video of the suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Gilbert as one of the suspects.  Detectives identified Alarcon-Ozoria as the suspect who fired the handgun.

Alarcon-Ozoria was arrested on December 20 on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant and is being held without bond.

Gilbert was arrested on December 23 on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant.  He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The tipster who called Crime Solvers and provided information about this case is eligible for a reward and is asked to contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) and provide his/her tip number.

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Eric Antonio Alarcon-Ozoria by on Scribd

Ruben Elias Gilbert by on Scribd

Detectives Investigate Multiple Shots Fired in Layhill Area Restaurant Parking Lot; Surveillance Photographs of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the discharge of a firearm during the early morning hours of December 1 in the parking lot of the Sole D’ Italia Restaurant in Layhill.  No victims were reported to having been struck by the gunfire.  Detectives have charged one suspect for his involvement in this incident and are releasing surveillance photographs of two additional suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On December 1, at approximately 2:04 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the parking lot of the Sole D’ Italia Restaurant located in the Layhill Shopping Center at 14318 Layhill Road for the report of multiple gunshots fired.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, security personnel had an altercation with 33-year-old Marcos Daniel Sequeira inside the restaurant.  After the altercation, Sequeira threatened security personnel and then left the restaurant.   Sequeira returned later that evening and entered the restaurant with the two additional suspects.  Sequeira and the two suspects remained in the restaurant until closing.

After exiting the restaurant, two security guards observed Sequeira and the two suspects enter a vehicle described as a black, Mercedes.  As the vehicle left the parking lot, the security guards and other witnesses heard multiple gunshots being fired from the vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen travelling southbound on Layhill Road. Officers located several spent shell casings in the parking lot area of the restaurant.

On December 3, detectives charged Sequeira of the 13400 block of Justice Road in Rockville with assault charges related to his involvement in this shooting.

Investigators continue to work to identify the two suspects who were with Sequeira.  Anyone with information regarding this shooting or the two suspects is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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 them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Marcos Daniel Sequeira by on Scribd

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Detectives Investigate Armed Carjacking and Shooting in Bel Pre Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an armed carjacking and the shooting of a 27-year-old male that occurred this afternoon in the Bel Pre area.

On Thursday, December 20, at approximately 3:57 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls reporting a robbery and a shooting that had just occurred in the 14200 block of Pear Tree Lane.

Responding officers located two victims on the side of the roadway of Pear Tree Lane; one victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.  The victims stated that at least two suspects approached them.  At least one of the suspects threatened the victims with a handgun.  During this encounter, one of the victims was shot.  After the shooting, the suspects fled in a black, Hyundai Sonata that belongs to one of the victims.

Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and transported the shooting victim to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Detectives are working to confirm additional details.  Updates will be provided as information is confirmed.

Anyone who has information about the suspects or this shooting is asked to call Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County 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 an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Detectives Investigate Shooting in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred this evening in Wheaton.

This evening at approximately 7:00 p.m., 4th District officers and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a parking garage outside of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road for the report of a shooting and a related vehicle collision that had just occurred.

Responding officers located a vehicle which had struck a brick support column outside of the front of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store.   Officers located an adult male front-seat passenger outside of that vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  Responding officers located the adult female driver and a juvenile female passenger inside the vehicle suffering from injuries that they sustained as a result of the collision.  They were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the male victim was shot from outside of the vehicle on the first level of the parking garage.  Detectives believe that the female driver of the vehicle struck the building while fleeing.

Detectives believe that prior to the shooting, the male victim may have been involved in two earlier disputes that occurred inside the mall with approximately six male suspects. This shooting is an ongoing investigation and detectives are working to confirm additional details.  Information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the identity of the suspect(s) involved is urged to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

 

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