Police Arrest New Jersey Man After Breaking into Laytonsville Home

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Station, have arrested a New Jersey man after he broke down the door to an occupied Laytonsville home and entered the residence.  A quick response by 5th District officers led to his immediate arrest, potentially averting a more heinous crime.

Around 11:30 pm, on Tuesday night, May 21st, a man approached a home in the 6400 block of Sundown Road in Laytonsville and began banging on the front door.  The man then went to the rear door and broke it down, entering the residence.  The family was inside their bedroom holding the door shut as the man tried to force his way in.  The adult female resident retreated to the bathroom with her child while the adult male resident tried to keep the man out.

The man was able to force his way into the bedroom.  The male resident tried to push the man away, but he was able to get to the bathroom and force his way in.  When the man saw the woman and her child, he stated, “I guess I have to kill a baby too!”

The male resident shoved the man into the bathtub and the family ran out of the house to the safety of the police officers who had arrived within minutes.

Thomas S. Walton
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The man was taken into custody by the officers.  The man has been identified as Thomas S. Walton, age 25, of Clifton, New Jersey.  Walton was taken to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, and two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property.  He is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a no bond status.

The 5th District Commander, Mark Plazinksi, stated, “I can not imagine how these parents felt as their home was violated.  I am extremely pleased by the quick response of Sergeant Kwaloff and his officers.  This call had the potential to end much differently.”



Concern for Missing Juvenile Female from Silver Spring

Andrea Palacious Garcia

Update: May 24, 2019 – Andrea Palacious Garcia has been located safe and unharmed.

The Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division, is currently looking for a missing juvenile female from the Silver Spring area.

Andrea Palacious Garcia, age 16, of the 600 block of Northampton Drive in Silver Spring, was last seen on May 23rd around 7:00 am, leaving her residence.  She may be in the company of Armando Javier Santos.  (See press release related to Santos)

Andrea Palacious Garcia is 5’05”, weighing approximately 120 Lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black shorts and a green sweater.

If located, please contact the Police non-emergency number at 240-279-8000, 24-hours a day.





Suspect Arrested for Multiple Robberies in Silver Spring

Josue Torres Luna

Detectives and officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Station arrested Josue Torres-Luna, age 19, of Silver Spring, for a string of robberies and attempted robberies on Tuesday night, May 21, 2019.

Around 11:15 pm, on May 21st, police received a call for the report of a robbery that had just occurred in the area of the 11600 block of Stewart Lane in Silver Spring.

Officers arrived on the scene and located a victim who stated she was sitting in her car when a man opened her door and demanded her phone.  The man implied that he had a handgun in his waistband.  The victim refused to give the man her phone.  The man then grabbed her wallet which was sitting in the seat next to her, and after a brief struggle, fled the scene.  During the struggle, the victim was able to retrieve her wallet from the man.

At 11:47 pm, officers encountered another victim who stated she was walking to her apartment in the same area, when a man grabbed her from behind, struggled with the her, then grabbed her purse and fled the scene.  The description provided by the victim matched the suspect from the previous incident.

While responding officers were searching the area for the suspect, an observant officer from the 3rd District observed a man matching the description of the suspect from the two robbery incidents.  The man attempted to hide behind some dumpsters but officers were able to detain him.  The man was identified as Josue Torres-Luna and was arrested for the robberies.

Detectives believe that Torres-Luna may have attempted to rob additional victims in the area of the 11600 block of Stewart Lane and ask anyone who had an encounter with Torres-Luna on Tuesday, May 21st, to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6879.



Concern for Missing Juvenile from Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager from Bethesda.

Xiresse West-Owens, age 14, from the 6300 block of Greentree Road Bethesda, MD was last seen on the morning of May 11th leaving his residence.

Xiresse West-Owens is described as a black male 5’8” and 140 pounds. He has black hair which is shaved short on the sides and brown eyes. West-Owens has family in Baltimore County, MD. Police and family are concerned for his welfare.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Xiresse West-Owens is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs), or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400. Callers may remain anonymous.




Suspect Wanted for Fraud in Montgomery County Arrested in Tennessee

Gregory Dutton

This morning, authorities in Williams County, Tennessee, arrested a John Martin Hill, on an outstanding warrant from Alpharetta, Georgia.  Further investigation of Hill uncovered that he had an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County under the name of Gregory Davis Dutton.

Back in August of 2017, it was reported that Dutton had met a woman on a dating website and began a relationship with her in April 2017.  Dutton borrowed approximately $4,500 dollars from the victim under the false pretense that he was attending law school and needed the money to take a bar exam.  Dutton later wrote a check to repay the debt in June of 2017.  The check was returned for insufficient funds.  Shortly after the victim was notified of the bad check, Dutton disappeared and cut off all ties with the victim.  The victim also was notified that Dutton had applied for financing on a new car using the victim’s name and personal information.  Several other attempts were made to obtain financing at other institutions using the victim’s information.

In December of 2017, it was discovered that Dutton was stopped by University of Maryland Police for driving a 2017 Acura IXL with a stolen license plate from South Carolina.  It was found at that time Dutton had an additional alias of Gregory William Hill and had an outstanding arrest warrant for fraud from the Delaware State Police.  Detectives from Montgomery County assisted the University of Maryland Police and found that Dutton had purchased the Acura by writing a bad check to an Acura dealership in Chevy Chase.  A warrant was obtained by Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit for the arrest of Dutton for fraud in March of 2018.

In April of 2018, Dutton was arrested on the outstanding warrant in Washington, DC.  Dutton was subsequently extradited to Montgomery County for prosecution.  Dutton was able to post bond and then disappeared again, forfeiting his bond amount.

Dutton is currently in custody in Tennessee on his outstanding warrants.  Dutton will be extradited back to Montgomery County after joint consultation with the various jurisdictions up and down the east coast who had warrants outstanding for Dutton’s arrest.

Anyone who was victimized by Dutton or anyone with further information regarding Dutton (or any alias he may have been acting under) should contact the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6726.