Two Pedestrians Fatally Struck by Train in Germantown

Update: July 17, 2018: The victims are being identified as Daianne Peralta, age 25, of an unconfirmed address, and Cristina Segovia, age 30, of the unit block of West Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the deaths of two adult females who were fatally struck by a train on Wednesday night in Germantown.

On Wednesday, July 18 at approximately 8:28 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the report of pedestrians who had been struck by a CSX train on the railroad tracks in the area of Waring Station Road and Peach Crest Drive.

The initial investigation has revealed that the two females were in the area of the tracks when, for reasons still under investigation, they were struck by a westbound CSX train. They succumbed to their injuries at the scene.  The investigation also revealed that the train operator had observed the females and had sounded the train’s horn and applied the train’s brakes.

The victims’ identities will be released once family notifications have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.


Brothers Charged in Gaithersburg Hotel Room Home Invasion Robbery and Assault

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section have charged brothers Sean M. Wilson, age 31, and Robert A. Wilson, age 33, both of the 300 block of Bryan Avenue in Gaithersburg, for home invasion robbery and assault-related charges after they assaulted two adult victims inside a Gaithersburg hotel room.  Investigators believe that the Wilson brothers had a prior association with both victims.

On Sunday, July 15 at approximately 11:28 a.m., 6th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the Extended Stay America hotel located at 201 Professional Drive for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred.  Responding officers located the adult male victim and the adult female victim in a hotel room suffering from non-life-threatening injuries that investigators determined were caused by a baseball bat and a knife.  The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.  Officers additionally located Sean and Robert Wilson in a separate hotel room suffering from injuries that they had sustained in the assault. Sean and Robert Wilson were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Sean and Robert Wilson, one of whom was armed with a baseball bat and the other armed with a knife, gained entry into the victims’ hotel room and attempted to rob them.  The Wilsons assaulted the male with the baseball bat and with the knife and assaulted the female with the bat.  A hotel employee who heard the assault contacted the police.

Sean and Robert Wilson were arrested after they were released from the hospital and charged with one count each of home invasion robbery, two counts each of first-degree assault, and two counts each of second-degree assault. Robert Wilson is currently being held without bond.  Sean Wilson was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Sean Wilson

Robert Wilson

Sobriety Checkpoint to be Conducted Today; Always Choose a Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Today, July 15, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department and Prince George’s County Police Department and troopers from Maryland State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed to the public in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location in Montgomery County

When: Today – Sunday, July 15 (beginning at approximately 4:00 p.m. and weather permitting)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**


Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing Silver Spring Woman

UPDATE: July 13, 2018 (12:14 a.m.)  – Astrid Velis has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Silver Spring woman.

Astrid Velis, age 24, of Pennydog Court, was last seen at her residence today at approximately 3:00 p.m. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighing 125 pounds. She has brown hair with blond highlights which she frequently wears in a ponytail and brown eyes.

Ms. Velis was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pink and purple shirt with the word “SMOOTH” written on the front.  She frequents the downtown areas of Wheaton and Silver Spring.

Ms. Velis functions at the level of an approximately ten-year-old, and police and family members are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Astrid Velis is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).


Astrid Velis

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in Bethesda – Jewelry Stolen; Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department -2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate a June 23 residential burglary in Bethesda.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the two female suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on June 23, at approximately 11:51 a.m., the two suspects entered the unoccupied residence located in the 5100 block of Hampden Lane via the front door.   The suspects stole jewelry from the residence.

A neighbor’s home surveillance system captured the two suspects and their vehicle on video.  One suspect can be seen carrying a pillow case that she had removed from the home and used to carry the stolen property from the residence.

Anyone who recognizes these suspects or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.    To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online.  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 of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.