Suspect Arrested for Taking Upskirt Photos and Videos of Women in Downtown Silver Spring Mall

Abdul Muhammad

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.



Police Investigate Reported Suspicious Situation in Lyttonsville Area of Silver Spring

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.


Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death in Gaithersburg

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.



Update: Missing Bethesda Man’s Credit Card Used; Surveillance Video Released

Female Who Used a Credit Card Belonging to Missing Bethesda Man

Female Who Used a Credit Card Belonging to Missing Bethesda Man

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a missing Bethesda man.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of a female who used a credit card belonging to John Patrick Donohoe and are asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

John Patrick Donohoe, age 36, was reported missing on Wednesday, December 14 after he was last seen by family members at his Auburn Avenue home at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 13.  At that time, Donohoe was driving a black, 2011 Chevrolet Equinox with Maryland tag: 2AK8853.  Donohoe’s vehicle has not been located.

Detectives have determined that on Thursday, December 22, a female used a credit card that belonged to Donohoe to purchase items at the Beauty Land beauty supply store located at 920 Shoppers Way in Upper Marlboro and at additional retail stores in the Hyattsville area.  The female purchased items having a total value of approximately $700.  Detectives would like to identify and speak with the female who was seen on the surveillance video using the credit card.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Patrick Donohoe or who has knowledge of the female seen in the surveillance video using Donohoe’s credit card is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

John Patrick Donohoe

John Patrick Donohoe

The vehicle shown in this photograph is a representation of  Donohoe's vehicle.

The vehicle shown in this photograph is a representation of the Donohoe’s vehicle.

Surveillance Video of Female Who Used Credit Card of Missing Bethesda Man

Surveillance Video of Female Who Used Credit Card of Missing Bethesda Man

Officers Charge Man with Kidnapping in Wheaton

Kabir Salami

Kabir Salami

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 4th District charged Kabir K. Salami, age 20, of an unconfirmed address, with committing a kidnapping in Wheaton.

On March 29 at approximately 8:06 p.m., officers from the 4th District responded to the area of the 11400 block of Monterrey Drive in Wheaton for the report of a kidnapping that just occurred.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 7:50 p.m., a 6-year-old female was playing in the fenced area of the front yard to her home while her mother was present.  A suspect, later identified as Salami, opened a gate and entered the yard.  Salami grabbed the 6-year-old victim and attempted to carry her out of the yard.  The victim’s mother witnessed Salami grab her daughter and intervened by placing herself between him and the gate.  The mother was able to free her daughter from Salami’s grasp.   Salami fled from the yard when the victim and her mother ran inside the home to call 9-1-1.  Salami came back to that same residence a few minutes later and pounded his fists on the front door to the home before fleeing once again.

Responding officers located Salami in the 11200 block of Viers Mill Road where he was positively identified as the same suspect that grabbed the victim from the front yard on Monterrey Drive. Salami was arrested and during an interview told officers that he came back to the residence to talk to the victim and give her a hug.

Salami was transported the Central Processing Unit and charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of second-degree assault.  Salami was ordered held without bond.