Two Male High School Students Charged with Rape of Female High School Student

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged two Rockville High School students, Jose O. Montano, age 17, of an unconfirmed address, and Henry E. Sanchez, age 18, of Bel Pre Road in the Aspen Hill area, with the rape of a juvenile female Rockville High School student.  The rape occurred at the school yesterday during school hours.  Montano has been charged as an adult in this crime.

On Thursday, March 16, school administrators notified Montgomery County Police that a juvenile female student reported to them that she had been sexually assaulted in a boy’s bathroom by two male students.  SVID detectives were notified of this report and began an investigation.

The investigation has determined that at approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 16, the victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez.  Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse.  She refused.  Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall.  Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.

Montano and Sanchez were arrested on school property by SVID investigators.  They were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.  They were held without bond and will have bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.



Montano’s photograph will not be released because he is a juvenile.

Henry Sanchez

Media Advisory: Officer Reunited with Seven-Year-Old with Autism Whom He Located


The media is invited to the reunion of Officer Jonathan Pruziner and 7-year-old Sahara and her mother, Mary.  Officer Pruziner located Sahara after she went missing from her home. Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit will also be in attendance.


Today, Friday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m.


Montgomery County Police 5th District Station
20000 Aircraft Drive


On Saturday, March 4 at approximately noon, officers were called to a residence in Germantown for the report of a missing seven-year-old with Autism who is non-verbal.  The child, Sahara, whose nickname is “Mookie,” had run out of the home.  The babysitter located Sahara at a local park but when the babysitter called for her, Sahara ran off.

Officers and K9 teams responded to the area and began an extensive search for Sahara.  The Police Department also called for the assistance of a Maryland State Police helicopter.  Officer Pruziner, who had learned in MCP training that those with Autism can have a dangerous attraction to water, walked behind the town homes on Locustdale Drive to a creek that leads to a pond.  At approximately 1:15 p.m., Officer Pruziner located Sahara by the creek.  He requested that Fire and Rescue personnel respond and access Sahara for possible cold exposure (temperatures were in the 30s that day).  She was transported to a local hospital and then to Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., for treatment of hypothermia.

After Sahara was located, Officer Laurie Reyes of the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit reached out to Sahara’s family and caregivers.


Please call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.


AT&T Wireless Users Report Trouble Reaching 9-1-1 in Some Regions Nationally

UPDATE:  AT&T is reporting that the issue that affected some 9-1-1 calls has been resolved. 

This evening in some regions across the country, some AT&T Wireless customers have experienced trouble reaching 9-1-1 centers.  Preliminary test calls conducted this evening by Montgomery County Police reached our 9-1-1 center without delay. Any AT&T Wireless customer who experiences trouble when calling 9-1-1 should attempt the following steps to contact our 9-1-1 center:

1.) Use a landline phone to call 9-1-1.

2.) Use a cellphone that is serviced through another wireless carrier to call 9-1-1.

3.) Call the Montgomery County non-emergency number for Fire/Rescue or Police service at (301) 279-8000.

We will provide updates as additional information is confirmed.  Thank you.


Detectives Investigate Fatal Hit-And-Run Pedestrian Collision; Suspect Located By Police

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian collision that occurred early this morning in Silver Spring. The suspect, who left the collision scene, was located by a Montgomery County Police Officer and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. No formal charges have been brought against the driver at this time. Formal charges, if any are to be brought, will be placed once the collision investigation is complete.

At approximately 2:27 am this morning, officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a pedestrian-involved collision on Colesville Road at Fenton Street. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the pedestrian, identified as Donald Morgan, Jr., age 49, of Tuckerman Street, NW in Washington, D.C., was crossing Colesville Road in an easterly direction in the area of a marked crosswalk at Fenton Street. A 2016 Honda Accord, driven by Janet Brown, age 30, of Briarwood Drive in Laurel, was traveling northbound on Colesville Road and struck the pedestrian. Witnesses observed Brown stop after the collision, exit her vehicle, and then leave the scene. Witnesses were able to provide responding officers with a description of the striking vehicle (to include the car’s tag number) and a description of the driver.

The description of the striking vehicle and driver was broadcast to officers. An officer observed the vehicle traveling northbound Georgia Avenue just south of Colesville Road and initiated a traffic stop. Brown, identified as the driver of the vehicle, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officers began attempting life-saving measures on Morgan at the collision scene. He was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Concern For Missing Gaithersburg Woman

Update: February 28, 2017 – Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas was located this morning in Montgomery Village, safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 6th District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating a missing 18-year-old Gaithersburg woman.

Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas was last known to be at work at the Wok Express located at 9615 Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg last night (Saturday, February 25) at approximately 9:00 p.m.  It is believed she left work at approximately that time, leaving early before her shift was scheduled to be completed.

Family and friends are reporting to police that they have not been able to contact her and are concerned.  This evening investigators believe there may be some indication that Barahona-Rivas may be in the New Jersey area.

Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas is described as 18 years old, 5′ 3″ tall, and weighing 150 pounds.  At the time she left work she was wearing a tan shirt, tan skirt, a gray jacket, black boots, and carrying a pink purse.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301.279.8000.