MCP Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight – Always Choose A Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, June 23, Montgomery County Police Department officers will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Tonight – Friday, June 23 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**


Juvenile Located Near Westfield Montgomery; Police Need Assistance Identifying Him

UPDATE: Parents of the boy have been located and reunited with their child.  A big ‘thank you’ to local media coverage and alert residents for their help.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male juvenile located near the Westfield Montgomery mall.

On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 1:45 a.m., the juvenile, who appears to be 10 to 11 years old, was found walking alone on Westlake Drive in Bethesda.  He is approximately 4′ 10″ tall and weighs approximately 90 pounds.   He has short brown hair and brown eyes.  He is wearing a long sleeve orange shirt, gray pajama pants, and is barefoot.  He is non-verbal, displays signs of possible Autism, and appears to function at a level lower than his age.

Anyone who has information regarding the located juvenile is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.


Detectives Warn of Police Impersonator; Determining if There Are Other Victims

Philip Ross

On Monday, June 12, 6th District police officers arrested an individual for impersonating a police officer after he activated emergency lights on his vehicle, in an effort to make other drivers get out of his way. Information is now being gathered by detectives to determine if he had any personal encounters with the public where he presented himself as a legitimate member of a law enforcement agency.

At approximately 4 p.m. on June 12, 4th District Police Commander Laura Lanham was driving her unmarked police vehicle on the Intercounty Connector (ICC, MD200) in a westbound direction just past Georgia Avenue.

She observed a white Ford Crown Victoria activating its emergency white and red lights and vehicles in the roadway, moving out of its way. The commander noted that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was making unsafe lane changes.

Commander Lanham conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle at Muncaster Mill Road and Shady Grove Road. As she approached the driver, he presented a metal badge and “Special Agent” Identification.

Based on the on-scene investigation, the driver, Philip Jonathan Ross, age 19, from Old Hundred Road in Dickerson, Maryland, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and traffic citations pertinent to his driving offenses.

Detectives want to determine if anyone has had a personal encounter with Ross presenting himself as a member of law enforcement. Anyone who believes that they may have had an encounter with the impersonator is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.                                            # # #


back of police impersonator vehicle


front of police impersonator vehicle


Media Advisory: Major Crimes Division To Provide Update On Double Homicide Investigation; Urging Those With Information To Call Police


Press Conference regarding the current status of the ongoing investigation to identify the suspects(s) responsible for the double homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov that occurred in Montgomery Village on Monday, June 5.


Captain Darren Francke – Director of the Major Crimes Division


TODAY, Friday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Media: Please arrive early to allow time for the security check-in process.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878


Noose Found in Montgomery Village Neighborhood Tree

Today at approximately 9:09 a.m., Montgomery County Police 6th District officers responded to reports of a noose seen hanging from a tree in the Heron’s Cove Condominium neighborhood in the 18900 block of Mills Choice Road in Montgomery Village.

The synthetic rope noose was found in a tree in a common area near the neighborhood parking lot this morning at approximately 8:00.

The residents whom officers interviewed had no indication that this was directed toward a specific individual or of any related suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

The noose was removed by the responding officer and entered into evidence.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.