Police Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a burglary that occurred on September 15 at a residence in the 14200 block of Gate Dancer Lane in Boyds. Detectives have obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

On September 15 at approximately 12:00 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the residence on Gate Dancer Lane after the homeowner discovered the female suspect, described as a black female in her 20’s, inside of the home. The suspect fled after she was confronted by the homeowner.

Detectives obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking anyone who may recognize her to please call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. 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.


Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Weather Alert – Driving Safety Tips


A significant storm is projected to impact Montgomery County and the D.C. area within the coming days. The risk to lives and property in this potentially dangerous situation remains high.

This storm could bring very heavy rainfall to the area and winds could become strong enough to down trees, power lines, and cause flooding in normally safe areas.  The threat of up to 5 inches of rain exists with 3 inches a much greater possibility.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Flooding conditions can occur quickly during a heavy rainfall. Below are some tips to remember if you are on the road during a heavy rainfall where possible flooding conditions could occur:

  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. The needed stopping distance increases when roads are wet and visibility decreases.
  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth. 6 inches of water can cause your engine to stall and as little as 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float. Flooding related deaths have occurred in the past on low lying roads in Montgomery County.

Remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – your vehicle could easily be swept  away.
  • Do not drive around traffic barricades; obey all traffic control devices.
  • The Montgomery County Police Department is urging residents not to drive during the heavier parts of this storm.  If you must drive, please plan ahead to allow more time and avoid routes that will take you into low lying areas.  Many times, high water and the affects of a storm remain after the significant rainfall is over.

Below is a list of some of the roads in Montgomery County that could be affected by high water.  This is not meant to be an inclusive list and all motorists should remain cautious when driving.


MD 29 (Columbia Pike) at Paint Branch – N. of White Oak
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek – S. of Kensington
MD 190 (River Road) at Cabin John Creek – Potomac
MD 193 (Univ. Blvd) at Sligo Creek – Wheaton
MD 586 (Viers Mill Rd) at Rock Creek – S. of Twinbrook Pkwy.
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park – Kensington-Chevy Chase
Sligo Creek Pkwy – Silver Spring-Takoma Park


MD 97 (Georgia Ave) at Reddy Branch – N. of Brookeville
MD 124 (Woodfield Rd) at Goshen Branch and at Gr. Seneca Creek – N. of Brink Rd.
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Gr. Seneca Creek – W. of Gaithersburg
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Little Seneca Creek  – E. of Boyds
MD 355 (Frederick Rd) at Little Seneca Creek – W. of Brink
MD 121 (Clarksburg Rd) near Little Seneca Lake – N. of Boyds
MD 118 (Germantown Rd) at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Germantown
River Rd and Berryville Rd at Seneca Creek
Blunt Road at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Brink Rd.
Davis Mill Rd at Great Seneca Creek – N. of Gaithersburg
Brighton Dam Rd at Hawlings River – NE of Brookeville
Goldmine Rd at Hawlings River – E of Olney
Zion Rd at Hawlings River – E. of Laytonsville
Hoyles Mill Rd at ford of Little Seneca Creek – Germantown, west of the soccer complex
Loghouse Rd at Magruder Branch – S. of Damascus
Elton Farm Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
Howard Chapel Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
White’s Ferry Road and River Road – White’s Ferry


Update: Suspect Arrested for Armed Robbery of Giant

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have arrested Mario Wells, age 35, of an unconfirmed address in Silver Spring, for the September 15 armed robbery of the Giant store located at 2900 University Boulevard West.

On September 29 detectives released surveillance photographs of the unidentified robbery suspect, (now identified as Wells), and asked for the public’s help in identifying him. Last night and into this morning, detectives received tips from several sources identifying Wells as the suspect involved in this armed robbery.

On September 30, Wells made contact with detectives and turned himself over to the police. Wells is charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of first-degree assault. Bond information for Wells is currently not available.
Detectives thank the media for publicizing this case and the public for providing information regarding this crime.

Anyone who believes that he/she may be eligible for a Crime Solvers reward regarding the above tips is asked to re-contact Crime Solvers and provide his/her unique tip number. Crime Solvers may be reached at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Mario Wells

Mario Wells

SILVER ALERT ISSUED for Missing 83-Year-Old Woman

Ellen Mackey

Ellen Mackey

UPDATE :  Silver Alert for missing Bethesda woman cancelled.  Ellen Mackey has been located.


Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 83-year-old woman who has Dementia.

A Silver Alert has been issued for Ellen Mackey of the 9500 block of Lindale Drive in the Wyngate neighborhood of Bethesda. Ellen Mackey was seen leaving her home yesterday, September 29, in her vehicle.

Ellen Mackey is described as a white female, approximately 5’3” tall, and weighing 110 pounds. She has dark hair and blue eyes. Ms. Mackey was last seen wearing a white, long sleeve shirt and a black and white skirt. She was last seen driving a white, 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible with Maryland license plate: 7FRT29.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Mackey’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department immediately call 9-1-1.