Concern for Missing Potomac Woman

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Potomac woman.

Sayeh Kassraei, age 26, of the 8900 block of Falls Farm Drive in Potomac, has been reported as missing. Sayeh Kassraei is described as a white female, approximately 5’03″ tall, 115 pounds, with long, brown hair and brown eyes.  She wears eyeglasses.

Sayeh Kassraei last had contact with her family by phone on Saturday, July 19, at approximately 1:00 a.m.  On Friday, Sayeh made plans to travel to West Virginia and family believes that she reached West Virginia (although her exact destination in West Virginia is unknown).

Police and family are concerned because Sayeh Kassraei has a diminished mental capacity (has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old).

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sayeh Kassraei is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line).

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MCPD Director of Traffic Division Receives Highway Safety Hero Award

Captain Tom Didone, recipient of a Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety "Highway Safety Hero Award" and Jacqueline Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, at a recent awards reception in Washington, DC.

Captain Tom Didone, recipient of an Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety “Highway Safety Hero Award” and Jacqueline Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, at a recent awards reception in Washington, DC.

On June 18, 2014,  Montgomery County Police Traffic Division Director Captain Thomas Didone was honored by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) organization at their 25th Anniversary reception held on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress, federal and state leaders were recognized for their support of highway-safety legislation. Captain Didone received one of 14 Highway Safety Hero Awards presented to citizen activists who have demonstrated their dedication to advancing highway-safety initiatives.

“Captain Didone has taken his professional expertise and his own personal tragedy to spur action on laws that promote safer driving behavior,” presenters at the awards ceremony said. “He has been a resolute champion for Graduated Driver Licensing laws and we are honored to call him a colleague and present him with this Highway Safety Hero award.”

Captain Didone has been with the Montgomery County Police Department for 28 years. He has twice headed up the department’s traffic enforcement as the Director of the Special Operations Division from 2003 to 2007 and again as the Director of the later-formed Traffic Division, from 2010 to the present. He was instrumental in creating and coordinating the County’s Safe Speed Automated Traffic Enforcement program.

Captain Didone has been a leading proponent of driver and pedestrian safety through a variety of established and innovative education and enforcement initiatives. He has also used his expertise to testify on behalf of several proposals of new legislation to improve traffic safety or increase fines for related traffic offenses. He rededicated his efforts toward better driving habits for teens after his 15-year-old son Ryan was killed in a traffic collision in 2008. The car was driven by an inexperienced teen driver, and Ryan had uncharacteristically not used a backseat seat belt.

“This is a very well-deserved honor,” said Assistant Police Chief Betsy Davis. “Captain Didone has devoted a major portion of his career to improving traffic safety in Montgomery County and the entire Metropolitan area. He continues to increase the safety of drivers and pedestrians because of his leadership, dedication and creative initiatives.”

At the reception, the Advocates released a report, “Advocacy for Safe Cars, Safe Driving and Safe Roadways-25 Years of Saving Lives and Reducing Costs of Traffic Crashes”, that stated that federal and state safety laws enacted over the past 25 years have saved at least 131,900 lives and over $2 trillion in economic cost savings.

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Concern For Silver Spring Man

John William Vere

John William Vere

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Silver Spring man.

John William Vere Jr, age 62, of the 1200 block of Palermo Drive in Silver Spring, was last seen at 8:30 a.m. on July 17th at his residence. Mr. Vere is described as a white male, 5’10” tall, and weighing 190 pounds. He has gray hair and wears glasses.

Police and family are concerned for Mr. Vere’s emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Vere is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240.773.6870 or the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000.

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Update: Silver Spring Woman and Baby Found

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division have located Brandey Allison Pruso and her two-month-old baby who were reported missing earlier today. They were found safe and unharmed.

Detectives and the Pruso family would like to thank the members of the media who helped publicize this missing persons case.

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Suspect Charged with Armed Robbery;Gun Located

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section have charged Maurice Markell Felder, age 43, of an unconfirmed address, with crimes to include armed robbery, kidnapping, first-degree assault, using a firearm during a violent felony, and firearm possession by a prohibited person.

Last night at approximately 10:29, officers responded to the 8000 block of Eastern Drive in Silver Spring for the report of an armed robbery.  The 32-year-old victim stated that she had gotten out of a cab and was walking to an apartment building in the area.  The masked suspect approached her from behind, placed what she believed to be a gun to her back, and demanded her purse.  The suspect then pushed her towards an alley behind the building, obtained her purse, and fled on foot.

During the investigation last night, detectives determined that the suspect was in southeast D.C.  As Montgomery County plain clothes officers attempted to arrest the suspect, he bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  Officers gave chase and Felder was taken into custody after the foot pursuit.  Officers located a handgun that Felder threw as he fled from them and also located the victim’s purse and a mask in his vehicle.

Felder is currently in the custody of the District of Columbia, awaiting extradition to Montgomery County.

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*A photo of Felder is not available at this time