Detectives Charge Substitute Teacher For Inappropriate Touching of Student

Steven Katz

Detectives with the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Steven Katz, age 59, of the 6500 block of Quiet Hours in Columbia, with Sexual Abuse of a Minor and 4th Degree Sexual Offense.  The charges involve the inappropriate touching of an elementary school student by Katz in his role as a substitute teacher.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that sometime after school on March 8, a Clovery Elementary School student told his parent that his substitute teacher, identified as Katz, had touched him in a way that made him feel uncomfortable at school that day.  The parent notified Cloverly Elementary School administrators who then notified police.

During the investigation, detectives interviewed the student and also interviewed Katz.  During the interview with Katz, he made admissions relating to inappropriately touching the student.

A warrant was issued for Katz’ arrest.  Katz turned himself in to investigators this evening and he was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Bond information is not available at this time.

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who may have had contact with Steven Katz to talk to their children about any interaction with Katz and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.



Rockville Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred Thursday, March 15 on Norbeck Road in Rockville.

At approximately 8:02 p.m., officers from the 1st District and the Rockville City Police Department, as well as Fire and Rescue personnel, responded for the report of a serious collision on Norbeck Road at Avery Road.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that a Ride On bus was stopped on eastbound Norbeck Road when the driver of a Honda Element struck the rear of the bus.  The driver of the Honda was transported to Suburban Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  He has been identified as Durmus Kantar, 49 years old, of the 5200 block of Russett Road in Rockville.  The driver of the bus and three passengers were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening inuries. They have been identified as the following:

Rosa Maria Rodriguez, Ride On bus driver, 57 years old, of Singing Pine Circle in Montgomery County Village.  She was transported to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Monique Ayonah Williams, 24 years old, of the 3500 block of Pear Tree Court in the Bel Pre area.  She was transported to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Avelyn Guinano, 48 years old, of the 1200 block of Caldwell Street in Rockville.  She was transported to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (formerly Montgomery General Hospital).

He Jin Ou, 56 years old, of the 2100 block of Lewis Avenue in Rockville.  She was transported to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (formerly Montgomery General Hospital).

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact CRU investigators at 240.773.6620.



MCPD Officer Charged with Theft

Montgomery County Police Officer Jose A. Barahona, age 25, has been charged with theft less than $100, theft $100 to under $1500, and theft scheme $100 to $1500.

On February 8, a Montgomery County police officer began to investigate the report of a theft that occurred at the Walmart store located at 20910 Frederick Road in Germantown.  The complainant, a Walmart loss prevention employee, stated that on February 2, a person known to him had stolen items from the store.  The suspect, identified as Jose A. Barahona, was known to the loss prevention employee because Barahona worked as a security guard at the store, being employed by a company that provides security services.  The complainant stated to the investigating officer that he believed Barahona had attempted to steal items and had successfully stolen items from the store on other occasions while Barahona was working at the store as a security employee.

A review of Walmart’s video surveillance by the investigating officer during the times that Barahona was known to have been working in the store revealed that from December 23, 2017, to February 3, 2018, Barahona engaged in a continuing course of conduct of stealing items from the Walmart store while he was working as a security guard.

Jose A. Barahona was hired as a Montgomery County Police Officer in October of 2014.  He has been working as a patrol officer in the 4th District.  Barahona has been suspended from duty with pay.  His police powers have been suspended pending the completion of this investigation and future court action.


Jose Barahona


Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers Emergency Communications Committee – Update on TEXT to 9-1-1




Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers
Emergency Communications Committee

Update on TEXT to 9-1-1

Annapolis, MARYLAND – On Wednesday February 21, 2018, the Board of Public Works approved a contract with COMTECH/TCS Telecommunications Corporation, a TEXT to 9-1-1 service provider.

The Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers and its Emergency Communications Committee commend the Board of Public Works for this advancement on TEXT to 9-1-1 and provide the following information on TEXT to 9-1-1:

  • TEXT to 9-1-1 capabilities currently exist only in Frederick County, which has served as a pilot for this technology since 2013. At this time, TEXT to 9-1-1 will not function in any other location in Maryland except Frederick County.
  • Maryland counties and Baltimore City operate the State’s 24 primary 9-1-1 Call Centers.
  • As a result of the Board of Public Works’ action last week, county governments may begin a process of acquiring and implementing TEXT to 9-1-1 by joining the State’s contract with COMTECH/TCS. Counties and Baltimore City may also pursue contracts with other TEXT to 9-1-1 providers independent of the State contract.
  • TEXT to 9-1-1, like any new service, will take time to implement fully. There are several issues that must be addressed before all of Maryland’s 9-1-1 Centers in Maryland will be able to receive and process their first 9-1-1 text message. These include call-taker training, equipment installation, and cell carrier coordination.
  • TEXT to 9-1-1 availability in your county will depend on your county’s individual timeline. Even once available, 9-1-1 professionals recommend you only use TEXT to 9-1-1, if you can’t call.
  • Again: currently, only Frederick County has TEXT to 9-1-1 capability.

Maryland’s county governments advocate for TEXT to 9-1-1 and other upgraded 9-1-1 services. A State-level Commission to address Next Generation 9-1-1 is a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative. This important advancement was chosen by Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City as one of the Association’s top 4 priorities.

For more information regarding TEXT to 9-1-1, please contact Ross Coates, Facilitator, Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers, Emergency Communications Committee, 410-638-3409,

For more information regarding MACo’s 2018 Next Generation 9-1-1 Legislative Initiative, contact Kevin Kinnally, 410-269-0043,


Concern For Silver Spring Man

Update: February 20, 2018 – Andrew King Dunnaway has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives with the 3rd District Investigative Section are asking the public for help in locating a Silver Spring man.

Andrew King Dunnaway, 42 years old, was last known to be at his Woodmoor Circle residence on Monday, February 19 at 9:45 a.m.  Since that time, family members have not heard from him.  Police and family are concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.  Dunnaway is described as a white male, 6′ 2″ tall, and weighing 200 pounds.  He has brown hair that is graying and has a moustache and beard.

Dunnaway may be traveling by train to the New Orleans area where a family member resides.

Anyone with information with regard to Andrew King Dunnaway’s whereabouts is urged to call the Montgomery County Police, no-emergency number, at 301.279.8000.