Montgomery County Police Chief Manger to Retire

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

On the anniversary of his swearing-in, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger announced Wednesday, Jan. 30, that he will retire in April after 15 years of service in Montgomery County, the culmination of 42 years as a police officer.

“This is a bittersweet day for Montgomery County,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Chief Manger has set the bar high for police leadership, outstanding service both locally and nationally, and leaves the department and County better and safer than when he arrived. While other departments were shying away from body-worn cameras, he proposed requiring them for all officers, wearing one himself as a demonstration of his leadership and commitment to improved transparency and accountability. He implemented de-escalation training for officers long before it became a part of the national dialogue. He was instrumental in the passage of the 2016 Drunk Driving Reduction Act, which strengthened Maryland’s ignition interlock requirement for first-time drunk drivers. Known as Noah’s Law, the Act honors fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta. He has overseen an increasingly diverse force, more reflective than ever of our citizenry; and he has fostered and encouraged an excellent and diverse group of police leaders to keep moving the department forward.

“Chief Manger often says that the most important qualities he seeks in new officers are communication skills, which are essential in building relationships of trust and diffusing conflicts, and compassion, which cannot be taught. He leaves the County with a highly trained, professional force of officers who reflect an overarching spirit of public service, hard work, and dedication to the public good. They are an apt reflection of the chief himself, and his legacy here in the County will live on as they continue to work to protect and serve our residents. I congratulate him on his retirement and look forward to working closely with him to select our next Chief of Police.”

Manger, the 16th police chief in the 97-year history of the Montgomery County Police Department, was sworn in on Jan. 30, 2004.  He is the second longest-serving police chief behind James S. McAuliffe, who served from 1955 until 1971.

“It has been an honor to serve the public for the past 42 years,” said Manger. “I have been blessed throughout my career to work alongside some of the finest men and women to ever wear a badge.  I want to especially thank Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and past county executives Doug Duncan and Isiah Leggett, as well as Kate Hanley, a former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, for their confidence in me.

“My plans are to stay engaged with my community and my profession.  As the Major Cities Chiefs Association is expanding its legislative agenda in our nation’s capital, I have been asked to lead that team.  It’s become a cliché that upon retirement, you say that you want to spend more time with your family.  I do want to spend more time with my family, I just hope they want to spend more time with me.”

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Manger began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a “summer cop” in Ocean City, Maryland.  On January 3, 1977, he was sworn in as a Fairfax County, Virginia police officer.  He rose through the ranks and was the chief of police in Fairfax County from 1998 to 2004.  In 1993, he was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor.

Washingtonian magazine recently recognized Manger as one of its 2018 Washingtonians of the Year.  He recently completed four years as the president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, elected by his peers from the nation’s largest police departments.

During the course of his career in Montgomery County, Manger received several national awards, including the 2007 Law Enforcement Award from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the 2016 Gorowitz Institute Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the 2017 Keeper of the Dream award from the National Immigration Forum, and the 2018 FBI National Executive Institute Penwith Award.  Manger was also inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2012.

Release ID: 19-044
Media Contact: Ohene Gyapong 240.777.6507

Link to release: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=22783

 

Update: January 29 Rockville Homicide Investigation – Son Charged with First-Degree Murder of Mother

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Ousmane Camara, age 26, of the 13600 block of Marianna Drive in Rockville, with the January 29 first-degree murder of his mother, 52-year-old Arabia Camara, of that same address.

This morning, at approximately 7:43, the Emergency Communications Center (911), received a call requesting to check the welfare of Arabia Camara after she had failed to show up for work.

4th District officers as well as personnel from the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, responded to Arabia Camera’s home to check her welfare.

Responding officers received no answer when they knocked on Arabia Camera’s door.  Officers located an open window to her home and made entry into her residence.  Once inside, officers encountered Ousmane Camara inside the residence and observed blood and cuts on his hands.  Officers further located Arabia Camara deceased inside the home with apparent trauma to her body.

Ousmane Camara was arrested and transported to a local hospital for treatment of the cuts on his hands.  After being released from the hospital, he was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with first-degree murder.  Ousmane Camara was ordered to be held without bond.

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UPDATE: Detectives Investigate Death of Two Men in White Oak – Identities Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are conducting a homicide investigation of two adult males who were found deceased in a vehicle last night in the White Oak area.

On Monday, January 28, at approximately 8:37 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred in the 11600 block of Stewart Lane.  The caller stated that a vehicle had struck multiple parked cars that were parked on Stewart Lane.

3rd District officers who responded to the report of the collision located two adult males deceased inside the vehicle which had struck the parked cars.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the two men were suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victims have been identified as Jordan Alexander Radway, age 23, of Laurel, and Christian Deon Roberts, age 24, of Silver Spring.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding these deaths is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Death of Rockville Woman

At approximately 7:43 a.m. this morning, the Montgomery County Department of Police – Emergency Communications Center (911), received a request to check the welfare of a Rockville woman who had failed to show up for work.

Units from the 4th District as well as personnel from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, responded to the 13600 block of Marianna Drive in Rockville to check the woman’s welfare.

Responding officers found the woman deceased at the residence.

The investigation into this woman’s death are still in the preliminary stages.  Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are working to ascertain all the facts and circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.  Updates will be made available as information becomes releasable.

Anyone who may be a witness or has information regarding this incident, is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Concern for Missing Rockville Man (LOCATED)

Jonathon Feifer

UPDATE:  Jonathon Feifer has been located safe and sound!

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Rockville man.

Jonathon Feifer, age 22, of the 7200 block of Old Stage Road in Rockville, was dropped off by a parent at Montgomery Mall in front of the Cheesecake Factory at approximately 11:30 a.m. to meet friends.  At around 2:30 p.m., Feifer’s friends contacted his parents stating they had not seen him yet and asked if he would be joining them.  The parents contacted  the police and units responded to assist in the search.

Feifer is described as a white male, age 22, 5’09” in height, and weighing approximately 140 pounds.  He has shaggy black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black ski jacket with a hood and blue jeans.  He is a high-functioning autistic person.

Police and family are concerned for Feifer’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jonathon Feifer is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.

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