Suspect Arrested in Bethesda Fatal House Fire Investigation

Daniel Lewis Beckwitt

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Daniel Lewis Beckwitt, age 27, of the 5200 block of Danbury Road in Bethesda with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Askia Khafra, age 21.

On September 10, 2017, at approximately 4:23 p.m., 2nd District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the report of a fire at Beckwitt’s Danbury Road residence.  During the investigation, Khafra was located deceased in the basement of the home.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of Khafra’s death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

Beckwitt was arrested without incident on Friday, May 25, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of First Landing Way in Burke, Virginia.  Assisting in this arrest were members of the Fairfax County Police Department and the United States Marshals Service, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Beckwitt remains in the custody of Fairfax County officials awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.

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Burtonsville Murder Investigation Continues – Reward Offered

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of Francesco Michael DiGiovanni, a 45-year old Domino’s Pizza delivery employee, of the 1000 block of Rockville Pike in Rockville.

During the time of the shooting, DiGiovanni was working as a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver.  Today, Domino’s Pizza, Incorporated, announced that the company is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Francesco DiGiovanni.

Investigation by detectives revealed that on Monday, May 21, at approximately 11:14 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sounds of shots in the area of Aldora Circle in Burtonsville.

Officers from the 3rd District responded to the area and located DiGiovanni in the driver’s seat of a Jeep Patriot on Ballinger Drive at Autumn Glen Circle.  DiGiovanni had an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body.  Officers and Fire and Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures but DiGiovanni succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Additional investigation revealed that DiGiovanni, who had just delivered a pizza in the area, was shot in his Jeep on Van Horn Way near Ballinger Drive. He then drove onto Ballinger Drive where his vehicle came to rest at Autumn Glen Circle.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information with regard to this  homicide investigation to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070 to be eligible for the $7,500 reward offered by Domino’s.  For those choosing to remain anonymous and be eligible for an additional reward of up to $10,000, please call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Concern for Missing Layhill Area Juvenile

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in locating Gissell Alejandra Zavala, age 17, of the 14000 block of Cleese Court in the Layhill area. Zavala is described as a Hispanic female, 5’ 2” tall, and weighing 150 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.  She has tattoos to include a tattoo on her left forearm.

Police and family are concerned for Zavala’s physical and emotional welfare. Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Gissell Alejandra Zavala is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

Gissell Alejandra Zavala

Gissell Alejandra Zavala

Detectives Investigate Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning in Germantown.

This morning at approximately 2:18, a 28-year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso approached a security employee outside of the Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center (GEC) located at 19731 Germantown Road .  The victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries from the Germantown Emergency Center to a local trauma hospital for additional treatment.

Preliminary investigation by detectives has revealed that the victim and a group of individuals unknown to the victim were involved in a dispute to the rear of the 7-Eleven store located at 19786 Crystal Rock Drive.  During the dispute, the victim was shot.  The victim sought help at the Germantown Emergency Center (which is adjacent to the 7- Eleven) and police were called to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the suspect(s) involved is urged to contact investigators of the Germantown Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) involved in this crime. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Germantown Shooting Investigated

Detectives with the 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Sage Way and Cinnamon Drive in Germantown.

On Tuesday, May 15, at approximately 8:13 p.m., 5th District officers responded to Sage Way and Cinnamon Drive for the report of an assault that had just occurred. Additional calls were received for the sound of shots.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that shortly after the initial series of calls, another call was received relating to a 21-year-old male shooting victim arriving at the Germantown Emergency Center located at 19731 Germantown Road.  It is believed he was driven there by an acquaintance from the Sage Way scene.  Medical staff there had the victim transported by ambulance to a local trauma center where he remains in serious condition.

Officers from the 5th District were aware of a vigil being held in the area where the shooting occurred.  Detectives interviewed witnesses and are working to determine if the shooting may be related to the vigil.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the suspect(s) involved is urged to contact investigators in the Germantown Investigative Section at 240.773.6237.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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