Three Suspects Charged for Vandalism to Walt Whitman High School

Officers from the 2nd District of the Montgomery County Department of Police have charged a 17-year-old male juvenile for the June 13 and the March 1 racially-themed vandalisms that occurred to Walt Whitman High School.  Officers have also charged Jake Foster Hoffman, age 18, of the 8700 block of Grant Street in Bethesda, and an additional 17-year-old male with conspiracy to commit the June 13 vandalism.  All the suspects are residents of Montgomery County.

On Saturday, June 13, at approximately 9:32 a.m., a 2nd District officer who was on patrol was flagged down by a resident who reported that racially-themed words and a racially-themed image had been spray-painted on property belonging to Walt Whitman High School located at 7100 Whittier Boulevard in Bethesda.

Upon checking the school, the officer located a utility shed near the front entrance of the school.  The officers observed that a noose along with a racial slur had been spray-painted on the shed.  The officer also observed a racial slur spray-painted on the pavement in front of the storage shed.

On Sunday, June 14, one of the juvenile male suspects and Hoffman (who were both accompanied by a parent) walked into the 2nd District station to speak with officers regarding the June 13 vandalism at the school.

During a police interview, the juvenile male took full responsibility for the June 13 vandalism and stated that he committed this racially-themed vandalism because he thought it would be fun to have something make the news given the current events occurring in the United States. This juvenile and Hoffman stated that they felt regret soon after the vandalism and that they wanted to turn themselves in.

During the investigation, officers identified a second male juvenile suspect in the June 13 vandalism.  Subsequent police interviews with the three suspects determined that the second juvenile male suggested to the first juvenile male suspect that if he wanted to commit a racially-themed vandalism to the school that he should do it to the front of the school.  Hoffman stated that he told the first juvenile male that he should vandalize the utility shed instead of the front of the school.

Second District officers have been investigating a similar racially-themed vandalism that occurred to the high school on March 1.   Officers determined that the language used, and the drawings made in both vandalisms were similar.  During a subsequent police interview regarding the June 13 vandalism, the first juvenile suspect admitted to committing the March 1 vandalism as well.

The first 17-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with two counts of destruction of property and released to the custody of his parent.

The second 17-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with conspiracy to commit destruction of property.  He was released to the custody of a parent.

Hoffman was charged via District Court Summons with conspiracy to commit destruction of property.

**Note: the names of juveniles and photographs will not be released because they are juveniles.  A photograph of Hoffman is not available because he was charged via District Court Summons**

Detectives Investigate Series of Vandalisms to Vehicles in Bethesda Area; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect in series of vandalisms to vehicles in Bethesda area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the vandalisms to fourteen parked vehicles in multiple neighborhoods in the Bethesda area.  These vandalisms occurred during the early morning hours of May 5 and investigators believe that this same suspect committed similar vandalisms to vehicles in the same neighborhoods in April. Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance video of the male suspect and the vehicle he was traveling in and are asking the public for help in identifying him.

On May 5, the following vandalisms to vehicles were reported:

  • Two vandalisms in the 7800 block of Glenbrook Road
  • Two vandalisms in the 7100 block of Clarden Road
  • 5900 block of Aberdeen Road
  • Two vandalisms in the 7800 block of Westfield Drive
  • Two vandalisms in the 550 block of Charlcote Road
  • 5700 block of Aberdeen Road
  • 5400 block of Goldsboro Road
  • 7800 block of Custer Road
  • 9400 block of Newbridge Drive
  • 5600 block of Northfield Road (April 7 surveillance video of suspect and May 5 still photograph of the suspect’s vehicle came from this area)

Anyone with information regarding these vandalisms or the suspect is asked to call the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6726.  Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism to Synagogue in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism to the Tikvat Israel Congregation located at 2200 Baltimore Road in Rockville.

The investigation has determined that on March 28 at approximately 1:28 a.m., the unknown suspect drove to the synagogue’s parking lot and spray painted swastikas and derogatory epithets on the building.  Surveillance cameras captured the suspect committing the vandalism.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the suspect is asked to contact the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6089.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Detectives Investigate Series of Vandalisms in Silver Spring Area; Surveillance Video of Suspect’s Vehicle Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating eight vandalisms to parked vehicles that occurred in the Highland View West neighborhood of Silver Spring in mid-February.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle and are asking the public for help in identifying the owner or operator of this vehicle.

The following vandalisms were reported to police:

On February 8, two residents in the 9000 block of Eton Road and a resident in the 9200 block of Saybrook Avenue reported that during the overnight hours the windows to their parked vehicles were shot out by an unknown type of projectile.

On February 12, three residents in the 9100 block of Eton Road and two residents in the 9100 block of Wire Avenue reported that during the overnight hours the windows to their parked vehicles were shot out by an unknown type of projectile.

Investigators ask that anyone who recognizes this suspect’s vehicle or who may have any information regarding these vandalisms to contact the 3rd District Investigation Section at 240-773-6870. Those who wish to remain anonymous 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 an arrest in this case.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Detectives Investigate a Commercial Burglary and Vandalism in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-6th District are investigating the commercial burglary and vandalism of the Oakwood Apartment Building located at 9890 Washingtonian Boulevard in Gaithersburg. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

The investigation determined that on November 15 at approximately 12:09 a.m., the suspect entered the vestibule of the apartment building and forced entry into the lobby via the secured front door. Once inside, the suspect forced entry into a storage room and pushed over a washer and dryer. The suspect also caused damage to an interior wall of the building.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this suspect to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770. Those who wish to remain anonymous 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 an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.