Weekend Update: Traffic Stop Leads to Gun Arrest of Prohibited Persons

Tracy Jerome Fogle Jr.

Tracy Jerome Fogle Jr

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section and Firearms Investigation Unit continue to investigate an arrest that occurred over the weekend where prohibited persons were arrested with a firearm in their possession.

An officer from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District, was on patrol when he made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Westfield Plaza Wheaton.  Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of marijuana and upon identifying the driver, found he had an open warrant.

 

Mustafa Campbell

Mustafa Ali Campbell

During a search of the vehicle, a loaded and chambered Glock 22 was found.  A significant quantity of marijuana was also found in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Tracy Jerome Fogle Jr, age 30, of Washington DC.

The passengers were identified as Mustafa Ali Campbell, age 20, and Kortez Malik Tresvant, age 21, both from Washington DC.  Tresvant and Campbell were identified as a prohibited persons due to prior felony convictions.

All were arrested and charged appropriately.

Kortez Tresvant

Kortez Malik Tresvant

Commander Yamada of the 4th District stated:

“This traffic stop is just one example of the dangerous nature of policing.  The actions of our vigilant officers have taken yet another gun off the streets of Montgomery County that was in the possession of those who would possibly intend to do harm or commit violent crimes in our communities.”

 

 

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Statement by Acting Chief Marcus Jones Regarding White Oak Incident; Additional Body-Worn Camera Footage Released

The following is a release of the statement to be provided by Acting Chief Marcus Jones at today’s press conference regarding the White Oak incident.

 

“There has been a great deal of interest by the public and from our elected officials about an incident that took place on May 9, 2019 at the McDonald’s restaurant at 11146 New Hampshire Avenue in White Oak.

In the interest of transparency, today we are releasing 205 minutes of video taken with body-worn cameras by our officers at the scene.

This is a release of all the body-worn camera footage available.  One of our officers, Sergeant McDannell, did not turn on his camera immediately as is required but did turn it on as the incident progressed.

I also want to emphasize that you will hear on this tape language from our officers that is decidedly unprofessional.  It violates our Department policy, it is not acceptable to me and it is not acceptable to our community.

Before getting into the details of the incident, I want to make it clear that I cannot discuss, or take questions, on any details of our internal investigation as it still in progress.

I would like to set out a broader context for the events of May 9 than has been available previously.

Our officers are very familiar with the White Oak area and with the McDonald’s restaurant specifically.  The beat involved here is one of our busiest in terms of calls for service.

Within that beat, this McDonald’s restaurant is one of the establishments that most frequently generates calls for service.  In 2018, there were 192 calls for service, with 57 of those dealing with trespassing.  Through June 15 of this year, there have been 53 calls for service, with 21 of those for trespassing.

The manager of the restaurant not only encourages his employees to call the police when there are issues, he also requested that we take action when officers view a situation that might be disruptive to the business or which we believe might be of a criminal nature.

We work with the McDonald’s to make certain there is a safe environment for customers and employees.  In this instance, our officer approached the four individuals involved outside of the restaurant and asked them to move along.

The reporting and social media postings at the time reflected the view that we unfairly and perhaps illegally accosted and searched young men who had been customers of the restaurant and were waiting to be picked up to be taken to work.

The evidence from our investigation presents a different view.

This is not what some people call a random “stop and frisk” action.  It began with the officer approaching the four men in the video and asking them to move along.

At that point, and what was not apparent on the social media video of the incident, was that our officers detected the odor of marijuana on at least two of the individuals.

This was probable cause for arrest, and the reason why the individuals and a backpack were searched.

We have also determined through security camera video that none of the men were customers of the restaurant.  None had ordered, consumed or picked up food or drinks inside the restaurant.

This was not an incident of racial profiling.  Our officers are trained in Constitutional policing while in the Training Academy and after they graduate.  We exceed the State standards in this area.  We do not tolerate racial profiling and it was not in evidence here.

At the end of the day, all of the men were issued trespass notices and two were issued Maryland Civil Citations for marijuana possession.  You will see on the video that at least one of the men was familiar with this process.

For the record, the store manager has asked that the trespass notices given to the four men not be rescinded, as some others have requested.

Thank you for your attention.  The video will be posted online for your viewing shortly after we conclude here.

And again, I want to apologize for the language of our officers that you will hear in the video.  I am disappointed with it, and I want to be clear it does not meet our standards.”

The body-worn camera footage related to this incident can be accessed and viewed at the following links:

Sergeant M. McDannell

Officer T. Fox

Officer M. Washington (part 1):

Officer M. Washington (part 2)

Officer K. Harrington

Officer J. Mirra (part 1)

Officer J. Mirra (part 2)

Officer J. Dodson 

Officer F. Ronald (part 1)

Officer F. Ronald (part 2)

Officer D. Olsen

Lieutenant E. Bunting

 

The policies of the Montgomery County Department of Police can be found at the following link:

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/resource/policies.html

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Detectives Investigate Fraud Scheme Targeting Home Improvement Stores in Montgomery County; Surveillance Photos of Suspects Released

Fraud scheme suspects                                                **Additional suspect photos at end of press release**

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating approximately twelve reports of a fraud scheme that has occurred at home improvement stores throughout Montgomery County.   MCP investigators further believe that these same suspects may have committed similar fraud schemes at home improvement stores throughout the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania areas with store losses totaling approximately $80,000.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the female suspects and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying them.

The investigation by MCP detectives determined that the suspects select merchandise from a home improvement store and present a voucher (which is later determined to be a fraudulent check) to the store clerk as a form of payment.  When the voucher is processed by the store employee and declined, the suspects then instruct the store’s employee on how to override the store’s point-of-sale system in order to accept the voucher/fraudulent check as payment.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5522.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of these suspects.  Call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Fraud scheme suspects

Fraud scheme suspects

Fraud scheme suspects

Fraud scheme suspects

Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Silver Spring Man

Photo of Keith Robert Shelton

Keith Robert Shelton

Update: July 8, 2019 – Keith Robert Shelton has been located safe and unharmed.

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

Keith Robert Shelton is described as a black male, age 62, weighing 170 pounds, and stands 5’11” tall.  He was last seen driving a dark blue, 2018 Porche Macan bearing a Maryland tag of 7CY8333.

Shelton was last seen around 6:40 pm, leaving his address in the 2100 blocks of Walsh View Terrace in Silver Spring.  Family indicated that he was heading to Montgomery Mall.  Around 3:30 am, this morning, Prince George’s County Police encountered Shelton in the Watkins Park Drive area in Prince George’s County.  They provided directions for him to return to Montgomery County, but he has not returned home yet.

Police and family are concerned for his welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keith Robert Shelton is asked to call the Montgomery County Department of Police’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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Police Investigate Fatal Collision in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal vehicular collision that occurred today in Germantown.

Today, at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers from the 1st district and Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel responded to a vehicular collision that had just occurred at the intersection of River Road and Old River Road in Germantown.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2004 Saturn Ion entered the intersection of River Road where a left turn is southbound Old River Road and a right turn is Seneca Road. Upon entering the intersection, the Saturn was struck on the driver’s side by a 2017 Ford F250 which was hauling a landscaping trailer. The facts and circumstances of the collision are still under investigation.

Officers located the adult male driver of the Saturn Ion deceased on the scene.  The identity of the victim will be released after appropriate notifications have been made.

The driver of the Ford F250 has been identified as Edwin Monroy, age 44, of Gaithersburg.  He was treated by Fire/Rescue personnel on the scene and released.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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