Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Cold Case Unit are investigating a suspicious situation that was discovered in late summer of 2019 at the Nolte Local Park located at 200 Denver Road in Silver Spring. Today, detectives are releasing photographs of various personal items, to include clothing, that was found buried in the park. Investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the items found in the park and/or for any information regarding how the items may have come to be buried in the park.
In the late summer of 2019, detectives were notified by personnel working in the Nolte Local Park that they had found a small section in the park that appeared to have been recently dug up and then re-covered with dirt. During the initial investigation, investigators unearthed various personal items, to include clothing, that appeared to date back to the late 1990s and may belong to various individuals. Detectives believe that these items have been buried in the park for several years but the hole in which they were buried had been recently disturbed.
Detectives continue to work to identify the owner(s) of the property found buried in the park and are asking that anyone who may have any information about these items or anyone who may have seen any recent suspicious activity in the park to call investigators at 240-773-5081.
Officers from the 3rd District have arrested Kareem Hart, age 24, of District Heights, Maryland, and have charged him with crimes to include impersonating a police officer, extortion, and false imprisonment.
On December 28 at approximately 6:03 p.m., officers were called to the White Oak Shopping Center located in the 11200 block of New Hampshire Avenue for the report of a suspicious situation.
Officers met with the 20-year-old male victim, who told officers that he had been driving his vehicle through the shopping center’s parking lot near the Sears when he mistakenly turned the wrong way on a one-way lane. At that time, a white Nissan Versa with Allied Security markings drove behind his vehicle. The driver of the Nissan activated the vehicle’s roof top light bar which emitted a yellow flashing light.
The victim stopped his vehicle and was approached by the Nissan’s driver, an Allied Security guard, in a security uniform, who was later identified as Kareem Hart. Hart told the victim that he would write him a $250 ticket for turning onto the one-way lane but if he sent him $50 via an electronic payment app, then he would not write him a ticket. The victim sent the money to Hart via the app. The victim then left the immediate area and called police.
At approximately 7:50 that night, officers located the Nissan Versa in the White Oak Shopping Center parking lot and identified the driver of the vehicle as Hart. The victim identified Hart as the suspect who had impersonated an officer and conducted a traffic stop of his vehicle earlier that evening.
Hart was arrested and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. He has been released on bond.
Officers are concerned that there may be additional victims of Hart’s police impersonation. Anyone who has come into contact with Hart while he has been representing himself as a law enforcement officer is asked to call investigators at: 240-773-6893.
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police’s Third District have arrested and charged Abdul Muhammad, age 27, of an unconfirmed address with charges related to Muhammad taking upskirt photographs and videos at a mall in Downtown Silver Spring.
On Friday, May 10 at approximately 12:47 p.m., 3rd District officers assigned to the Central Business District area of Downtown Silver Spring were notified by security personnel at the Ellsworth Place mall located at 8661 Colesville Road, that a suspect was using a device to take photographs and videos up women’s skirts as they rode the escalator inside the mall.
On Saturday, May 11, Ellsworth Place mall security personnel were notified by a resident that a suspect was inside the mall and was taking upskirt photographs and videos of women as they rode the escalators and walked up the stairs in the mall. A review of surveillance video determined that this suspect was the same suspect from the previous day.
On Wednesday, May 15, Central Business District officers, working in partnership with Ellsworth Place mall security personnel, monitored the escalators inside the mall for the suspect. At approximately 3:30 p.m., mall security personnel observed the suspect inside the mall. Officers stopped the suspect and he refused to identify himself to the police. The suspect was arrested and transported to the 3rd District Station where he was subsequently identified as Muhammad.
A review of surveillance video from the previous incidents inside the mall identified four women that Muhammad had approached from behind and then surreptitiously photographed and videotaped under the victim’s skirt.
Muhammad was transported to the Central Processing Facility (CPU) where he was charged with four counts of using a camera (for prurient intent) to conduct visual surveillance of the private area of the victims without their consent. Muhammad was also charged with refusing to identify himself to the officers. He was released after posting a $3,000 bond.
The Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) is investigating the report of a suspicious situation in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring. On Friday, December 7, at approximately 6:23 p.m., officers responded to the area of Lyttonsville Road and Grubb Road for the report of a suspicious situation.
Officers spoke with an eight-year-old male who stated that on that day, he had exited the school bus in the area of Lyttonsville Road and Grubb Road (at approximately 4:00 p.m.). Shortly after, a vehicle, described as a light gray four-door sedan, approached him and stopped in the roadway. A man, described as having a dark complexion, approximately 40 years old, and wearing black jeans and a gray jacket, told him to get in the vehicle. The man then grabbed his shirt. He was able to break free from the man’s grip. The child stated that the man then displayed a gun that was in his waistband. The child then ran to his home.
Investigators have reinterviewed the child and at this time, details remain unconfirmed about this incident. Detectives have interviewed persons who live and work in the area and no one has observed suspicious activity like that described.
Investigators continue to collect information and the Police Department has increased patrols in the area. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident or any previous activity that might relate to this incident to please call detectives at 240-773-5400. The Department continues to urge anyone who observes suspicious behavior to call police.
Montgomery County Police Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a suspicious death in Gaithersburg.
Today at approximately 8:43 a.m., 6th District officers responded to the area of Cherry Laurel Lane and Coriander Drive for the report of a deceased adult male on the side of the roadway.
Detectives are investigating the death as suspicious. The circumstances surrounding the deceased adult male are currently unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. As information is confirmed it will be released to the public.
Anyone with information regarding this event is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.