Suspect Uses Fraudulent Checks to Pay for Transportation Services; Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigations Unit are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who has used fraudulent checks to pay for transportation services to and from the Wheaton area.  The suspect, who has identified himself to the victims as Carlos Arturo Lemus and Juan Carlos Lemus, speaks Spanish and has victimized two Spanish-speaking residents.  Today, the Police Department is releasing photographs of the suspect and is asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Both victims reported that they were hired by the suspect to drive him between the area of Boston, Massachusetts, and Wheaton, Maryland.  During one of the rides, the suspect asked to make a stop at Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland (adjacent to Arundel Mills Mall).  The suspect paid for the service with a check that was for an amount greater than the fee for the trip.  The suspect advised the victims to cash the check and give him the cash minus what he owed them for the transportation service.  The victims were later notified by their banks that the checks were fraudulent.  In total, the suspect obtained approximately $6,400.00 from the two victims.

One of the victims took a photograph of the suspect because he felt that the suspect was acting strange.  The other victim was able to provide police with a social media photograph of the suspect; the suspect’s social media account has since been deleted.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or these crimes is asked to call the 4th District – Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

Investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of this suspect’s fraud.  Anyone who believes that he/she has been a victim is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5476.

 

Declaración del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery sobre la Implementación de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan

(English: Montgomery County Department of Police Statement on Enforcement on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order)

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery está comprometido a servir a la comunidad durante la crisis del virus COVID-19. Debido a que la Orden Ejecutiva más reciente del Gobernador Hogan requiere que los residentes del Condado permanezcan en sus casas a menos de que deban salir por servicios esenciales o sean empleados de negocios que proporcionan servicios esenciales, hemos recibido muchos comentarios sobre nuestra respuesta.

 

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery está tomando las siguientes medidas para la implementación de la orden del Gobernador, y en respuesta al crimen que esta pudiera ocasionar y a las solicitudes de servicio del público, por lo cual:

 

  • No vamos a detener a miembros de la comunidad al azar para asegurar el cumplimiento de las órdenes del Gobernador.
  • Vamos a investigar el cumplimiento de la Orden del Gobernador en situaciones individuales relacionadas con violaciones de tráfico, llamadas que requieran servicio de la policía y reuniones de personas.
  • Siguen ocurriendo actividades criminales en el Condado y estamos respondiendo e investigando estos incidentes. Los crímenes serios tienen prioridad y pedimos al público que tenga paciencia conforme investigamos crímenes menores, pero estamos trabajando en ellos. Siguen sucediendo accidentes de tráfico, por lo que les recordamos a los conductores que manejen con cuidado, disminuyan su velocidad y respeten a los peatones.
  • Hemos implementado un plan de manejo de personal que nos permitirá tener suficientes oficiales de policía listos para responder en todo momento (24/7) y vigilar nuestras calles para proteger al público y sus propiedades durante esta crisis.
  • Por política del Condado de Montgomery, los oficiales no exigirán prueba de su estatus migratorio a los miembros de la comunidad.

 

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery continuará evaluando la situación y nuestro acercamiento, e implementará los cambios necesarios durante esta crisis para asegurar el cumplimiento de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan.

 

Consulte la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan en:

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 3-30-2020 (Spanish Language Version)

Officers Intervene to Prevent Tragedy in Silver Spring

On Saturday, March 28, at approximately 12:10 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from County garage security personnel that a male was sitting on the ledge of the seventh level of a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring.

While responding to the call, officers learned that the male had left the garage after being approached by security personnel.  Officers spoke to a security guard who was able to provide a description of the male.  Officers then began to check other parking garages in the area in an attempt to locate the individual and check his welfare.

An officer checking the garage located at 921 Wayne Avenue located the male sitting on the ledge of the seventh (top floor) of the garage. The officer attempted to approach the male and he fled and jumped down approximately three feet to a connecting roof of a building located in the 8500 block of Fenton Street.  The man then stood on the ledge of the building, facing Fenton Street.

Four officers followed the male onto the roof in an attempt to speak with him.  A 3rd District officer, who knew the male from previous interactions, and a crisis negotiator officer, spoke with the man as he stood on the ledge.   After approximately 90 minutes of communicating with the male, officers coaxed him off the ledge.

The male was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

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Montgomery County Department of Police Statement on Enforcement of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order

(Español: Declaración del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery sobre la Implementación de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan)

 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is committed to serving our community during the COVID-19 crisis.  With the latest Executive Order from Governor Hogan requiring residents to stay home unless they need to go out for essential services or are employees working with a business providing essential services, many concerns have been expressed regarding our response.

The Montgomery County Department of Police are taking the following steps with regard to our enforcement of the Governor’s Order and our response to crime and calls for service:

  • We will not randomly stop community members for compliance checks of the Governor’s orders.
  • If we encounter people via a traffic stop, police call for service, investigations or a gathering of individuals, we will inquire if individuals are in compliance with the Governor’s Order.
  • Crimes are still occurring in the county and we are responding and investigating incidents.  Serious crimes are taking priority and we are asking for the public’s patience as we investigate lesser crimes but note we are investigating them.  Vehicle collisions are still occurring and we are encouraging the community to drive safely, slow down and be aware of all pedestrians.
  • We have developed a staffing plan to have sufficient police officers ready to respond 24/7 and patrol our streets to protect life and property during this crisis.
  • Per Montgomery County policy, officers will not ask any community members of their immigration status.

The Montgomery County Department of Police will continue to evaluate the rapidly evolving situation and review our approaches and make changes as needed to ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order.

A link to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is located at:

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 3-30-2020 (English Language Version)

 

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Concern for Missing Fairland Area Man (LOCATED)

Update: 3/20/20 – Minh Quang Nguyen has been located safe and unharmed. 

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Fairland area man.

Minh Quang Nguyen, age 23, was last seen at his Treetop Lane residence on Tuesday, March 17, at approximately 5:00 pm.  Nguyen left his residence in his 2008 red Toyota Scion with Maryland tags: 5CW6427.

Since the time that Nguyen left his residence, his family has been unable to reach him by his cellular phone and his whereabouts are unknown.  Police and family are concerned for Nguyen’s physical and emotional welfare.

Nguyen is described as approximately 5’11” tall, weighs approximately 140 pounds, and has brown eyes and dyed blond hair.   He wears glasses and has pierced ears.

Nguyen was last seen wearing a dark colored denim jacket, black pants, black Nike slides (sandals), and black hoop earrings.

Anyone with information regarding Minh Quang Nguyen’s whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 phone line).

Minh Quang Nguyen