Holiday Alcohol Task Force Begins; Task Force Cruiser Struck by Impaired Driver During Enforcement

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Begins:

With the holidays approaching, there will be an increase in social events and parties that involve the consumption of alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Holiday Alcohol Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Rockville City Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department – Montgomery County Division, the Takoma Park Police Department, troopers from Maryland State Police, and sheriff deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

The task force began on November 13 and will continue through January 5, 2020.

  • During this past week’s Holiday Alcohol Task Force (November 13 to November 17), task force officers arrested 33 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI). *

*It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Cruiser Struck by Impaired Driver During Task Force Enforcement (Maryland-National Capital Park Police-Montgomery County Division Press Release):

“On Sunday, November 17, 2019, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer was completing a traffic stop southbound on Georgia Avenue at Belvedere Boulevard. At the time of the stop, he was working as a member of the Montgomery County Holiday Alcohol Task Force. While walking back to his unmarked police vehicle, the officer observed a silver Jeep Wrangler approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed. Recognizing that the approaching vehicle may not stop or move over in time, the officer attempted to avoid the impact and took evasive action on foot. The impact propelled the police vehicle across two lanes of traffic and came to rest with the officer partially trapped underneath his own vehicle.

The officer, the 26-year old female driver of the striking vehicle, and her passenger were transported to local area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. All parties have since been released. The driver of the striking vehicle was arrested and charged by the Montgomery County Department of Police with Driving Under the Influence.

This incident is a stark reminder of the dangers law enforcement professionals encounter in their efforts to make our streets safe for all. We remind everyone to not drink and drive –the results of doing so can be catastrophic. Have a safe and responsible holiday season.”

For more information, contact: Captain Jeffrey Coe
Public Information Officer
Maryland-National Capital Park Police- Montgomery County Division

Photo of struck cruiser – Courtesy of Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  Always choose a sober ride.



Next week, a media advisory will be issued regarding an opportunity to learn more about the task force efforts.  The media opportunity will be in the evening of Wednesday, November 27.

Donate Blood in Honor of Officer Noah Leotta on December 18


MCP Officer Noah Leotta was struck by a drunk driver in December of 2015 and died due to the injuries he sustained. If you wish to donate blood in Noah’s honor and help your community please schedule an appointment to donate at this special blood drive.

                                                            Blood Drive

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

First Floor Conference Room

100 Edison Park Dr

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register online at and enter Sponsor ID: “MCPSHQ Gaithersburg” in Find a Blood Drive or call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment.

Consider a Power Red donation if you are O-, O+, A- or B- blood type. Your donation will double its impact. Eligibility concerns, please call the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276.



Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Germantown Man (LOCATED)

Joseph Moubarek

Joseph Moubarek

UPDATE: 11/15/19 – Joseph Moubarek has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Germantown man.

Joseph Moubarek, age 22, of the 12000 blocks of Winding Creek Way in Germantown, was last seen today around 2:30 pm, at the Enterprise Rent-a-Car located at 15123 Frederick Road in Rockville.
Moubarek stands 5’06” tall, weighs 145 lbs, has brown eyes, black hair, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue fleece top.  He was also wearing cream colored pants and black boots.
Moubarek has Down’s Syndrome and has been known to use the bus and METRO rail system.  He was located at Catholic University on a previous occasion.
Police and family are concerned for Moubarek’s well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Moubarek is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).



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.



(Located) Concern for Missing Damascus Area Man

Update: November 13 at 4:15 p.m., Ryan Holt has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Damascus area man.

Ryan Xavier Bassey Holt, age 19, of Largo Court in Damascus, was last seen leaving his residence on foot after a disagreement at approximately 8:00 this morning.

Holt is approximately 5’11” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and black and red plaid pants.

Police and family are concerned for Holt’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Holt is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

Ryan Holt