MCP Fifth District Commander David Gillespie Named Chief of Melbourne, Florida Police Department

Fifth District Commander David Gillespie will be retiring from the Montgomery County Police Department after a 28-year career. He will begin his new position as the Chief of the Melbourne, Florida Police Department later this spring.

A native of Montgomery County and a second-generation Montgomery County Police (MCP) officer, Commander Gillespie began his law enforcement career on August 7, 1989.  His father, Bernard Gillespie, served with MCP from 1961 to 1984 and retired as a sergeant.

During his career, Commander David Gillespie served in many capacities to include the Director of the Special Investigations Division, the Public Safety Training Academy, and the Major Crimes Division.  He has served as Commander of the Fifth District from 2013 to the present and will retire as the longest serving Fifth District Commander since that station opened in 1980.

Gillespie is the father to three supportive children and attributes much of his success to his family and extended family.

Captain Mark Plazinski, a 23-year veteran of the Department, will be the new Fifth District Commander starting May 1.

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Concern for Missing Bethesda Man

Update: April 24 – Sean Preilipper has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 37-year-old Bethesda man.

Sean Preilipper, 37, walked away from his Tanglewood Drive residence in Bethesda at approximately 7:00 p.m., on Friday, April 21 (yesterday).  He is described as a white male, 6′ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.  When he left the home he shares with family members, he was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, dark jeans, and dark colored shoes.

Police and family are concerned for Sean Preilipper’s emotional and physical welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sean Preilipper is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.

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The Montgomery County Police Department – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Planned for Friday, May 19

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

On Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).  It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We also plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family: meeting some of our canines, touring emergency vehicles, face painting, and bouncing on a moon bounce.  Additional information will be released as the event nears.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)

What

When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where

  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email: laurie.reyes@montgomerycountymd.gov

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!

 

A preview of the t-shirt that will be given to attendees at the event!

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Germantown Burglary Investigated; Suspect Shot by Resident

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating the burglary of a Germantown residence that occurred early this morning.  During the burglary, the homeowner shot a 19-year-old male suspect who remains in serious condition with life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

At approximately 2:11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, officers from the 5th District responded to a burglary in progress at a home in the 11700 block of Tall Pines Drive in Germantown. Officers located a suspect in the backyard suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and they began life-saving measures while Fire and Rescue services was called.  Once emergency medical personnel arrived, the suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the homeowner heard noises in the basement and believed his home was being burglarized. He armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate. He encountered two unknown suspects in the basement of his home. One of the suspects threatened to kill the homeowner. The homeowner discharged a firearm twice at that suspect, and apparently struck him with one of the rounds. The suspect is currently being treated at a local trauma center for life threatening injuries.

The description of the second suspect remains unconfirmed.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Detectives are urging anyone with information about this event to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

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MCP Officer Struck By Vehicle On Interstate 270

Today, March 30, just after midnight,  Montgomery County Police – Sixth District officer Robert Sagona was traveling north on Interstate 270 (I-270) in the area of Montgomery Village Avenue (Maryland Route 124 – Exit 11) in his marked cruiser when he observed a black, Chevrolet Impala driving erratically in front of him at a high rate of speed.  A registration check of the vehicle’s tag indicated that the tag was not registered to that vehicle.  When Officer Sagona attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver failed to stop and continued to drive north on Interstate 270.  A pursuit of the vehicle was initiated.

Officers from the 5th District were alerted to the pursuit and deployed Stop Sticks on the northbound lanes of the roadway; the suspect vehicle’s tires were deflated and the vehicle was rendered inoperable.  The two occupants of the vehicle then fled from the vehicle on Interstate 270 just south of the exit for Clarksburg Road (Maryland Route 121 – Exit 16).

Officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department-Montgomery County Division, and troopers from the Maryland State Police (MSP) assisted in the search for the suspects.  A MSP helicopter was also called to assist.  The suspects were not located.

During the search for the two suspects, Officer Sagona had walked from the northbound lanes of I-270 to the southbound lanes.  When the search was suspended at approximately 1:20 a.m., Officer Sagona began to return to his vehicle, which was parked on the northbound portion of I-270.  A Maryland State Trooper had positioned his marked vehicle to block the far right, southbound lane.  The driver of a 2011 Subaru Forrester, who was traveling south, moved from the right lane to avoid the MSP cruiser and struck Officer Sagona who was in the middle lane.

The driver of the Forrester is identified as Hunter Lee White, age 19, of Germantown.

Officer Sagona was airlifted to a hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries by the MSP helicopter that had come to assist in the search for the suspects.

The collision investigation is being conducted by the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and the  vehicle investigation is being conducted by the Central Auto Theft Section (CATS).

Officer Sagona, a Sixth District patrol officer, remains hospitalized in stable condition.  He has been on the Police Department for approximately four years.

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