Community Members Honored for Life-Saving Efforts during Two Separate Dog Attacks

The Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division honors two community members for separate incidents in which their life-saving efforts prevented further injury and possible death during dog attacks. Each recipient will receive a “Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation” for their heroic deeds.

WHEN:   Friday, November 9 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center – Lobby           7315 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, MD 20855

WHAT:    Community members honored with Presentation of Chief’s Certificates of Appreciation

The first incident occurred in July of 2018 in Gaithersburg when two pit bull-type dogs attacked an adult male workman who had come to a residence to provide gutter repair service. He had asked the pet owner to put his tethered dogs inside, but the owner refused. The dogs broke free of their tethers and attacked the workman as he walked to his work van. Had it not been for the intervention of a driver who saw the dogs attacking the workman, and stopped to come to his aid, the victim’s already very serious injuries would have been much worse. By using a broom, the community member was able to get the dogs to release their grips on the victim’s arm and leg, and both men were able to retreat into their vehicles for protection from further attack.

The other incident occurred in May of 2018 in Bethesda when an adult male was in this front yard with his dog. Two pit bull-type dogs came onto his property and began to attack him. A passing motorist heard the victim’s wife screaming for help. This Good Samaritan also had a broom which he used to fend off the attack on the victim. The pit bulls then attacked the victim’s dog. The community member then tried to protect the dog. The attacking dogs then went after the victim’s wife and the community member stepped in a third time to provide protection for her. The male victim believes that without this stranger’s help, the victim’s dog would have been killed, and the male victim might have been killed as well.

The victims from both incidents and attacked dog from the May incident are expected to join the award recipients at the ceremony.

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Concern for Missing Wheaton Teenager and Baby

Update: November 12, 2018: Wendy Hernandez and her baby boy, Jason Hernandez, have been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Wheaton teenager and her baby boy.

Wendy Orvelina Hernandez, age 15, and her two-month-old baby boy, Jason Hernandez, were last seen by family on Tuesday, November 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m., when Wendy Hernandez took Jason and left their Valleywood Drive home on foot.  Family have been unable to contact Wendy Hernandez since that time.

Wendy Hernandez is described as a Hispanic female, 4’11” tall and weighing 130 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes. Jason Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Wendy and Jason’s welfare.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Wendy Orvelina Hernandez or her 2-month-old baby boy, Jason Hernandez, is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours), or the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400. Callers may remain anonymous.


Wendy (age 15) and Jason (age 2 months) Hernandez

Detectives Investigate Fatal Bicycle-Involved Collision in Wheaton Area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal bicycle-involved collision that occurred this evening in the Wheaton area.

On Wednesday, November 7 at approximately 6:26, 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Randolph Road at Goodhill Road for the report of a serious collision involving a bicyclist and a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the 47-year-old adult male bicyclist was traveling on the roadway of westbound Randolph Road approaching Goodhill Road.  A 2019 BMW M240i was also traveling westbound on Randolph Road and approaching Goodhill Road.  For reasons still under investigation, the bicyclist crossed the westbound lanes of Randolph Road in a southwest direction and collided with the BMW.  The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  The identity of the bicyclist will be released once family members have been notified.

The driver of the BMW is identified as Yale Abraham Tankus, age 57, of the 100 block of Lillian Lane in Silver Spring.  Tankus was not injured in this collision.

This collision investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


One Suspect Charged for Darnestown Home Invasion Robbery

Sheraz Shoukat Shah

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Sheraz Shoukat Shah, age 25, of the 28400 block of Kemptown Road in Damascus with home invasion robbery, and firearm-related offenses following an October 27 home invasion that occurred at a Darnestown residence.

On Saturday, October 27 at approximately 9:27 p.m., 1st District officers responded to a residence in the 14600 block of Seneca Road for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that four male suspects, who were wearing masks and one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced entry into the occupied home.  The suspects confronted the residents in the home and demanded property from the home. The suspect who was armed with the handgun assaulted an adult male resident by striking him in the head with the handgun.   The suspects obtained property from the home and from the residents and fled.

During the investigation, detectives developed Shah as the suspect who was armed with the handgun.  On November 7, Shah was arrested at his residence on the strength of an arrest warrant charging him with home invasion, armed robbery, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.   He is currently being held without bond.

Detectives continue to investigate this home invasion robbery and have reason to believe that this robbery was not a random event.

Anyone who has information about this home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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 for this crime.

Update: Suspect Arrested in Shady Grove Area Rape; Charged with Additional Sexual Offenses

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Mahoumon Todomaey, age 34, of an unconfirmed address, with the first-degree rape of an adult female that occurred in the professional corridor of Shady Grove Road in Rockville yesterday morning (November1).  Todomaey is also being charged with the attempted second-degree rapes of two female victims; those assaults occurred last night in Gaithersburg.

On November 1 at approximately 6:10 a.m., officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred along Shady Grove Road between Key West Avenue and Blackwell Road.

The investigation by SVID detectives determined that as the victim was walking to work on the sidewalk of Shady Grove Road, Todomaey approached her from behind, charged her, and knocked her down into a grassy area near Blackwell Road. He placed his hands around the victim’s neck and began to strangle her.  Todomaey sexually assaulted the victim as she fought him and screamed for help.  Two people in an office complex parking lot heard the victim’s screams.  One witness called 911 while the other witness came to the victim’s aid.  The suspect fled.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the assault.

Property left by the suspect, to include a soda bottle, was collected as evidence and tested for fingerprints.  Police Department Latent Print Examiners identified the fingerprints on the suspect’s property as belonging to Todomaey.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Todomaey’s arrest charging him with first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault.  Todomaey was arrested today (November 2) at approximately 1:40 p.m. as he walked in the area of Route 28 and Muddy Branch Road.  During questioning, Todomaey admitted to committing the rape.  He also admitted to committing two assaults that occurred last night (November 1) and had been reported to the Police Department.

The two assaults occurred in an apartment building parking lot located in the 9800 block of Mahogany Drive in Gaithersburg at approximately 10:07 p.m. on November 1.  The first adult female victim was in the driver’s seat of her locked car when Todomaey repeatedly tried the door handle in an attempt to gain entry to the vehicle.  Todomaey then ran after an adult female who was disposing of her trash in the apartment dumpster and grabbed her. He then fled the area.  During questioning, Todomaey stated that it was his intention to have sexual intercourse with the two victims on Mahogany Drive.  Todomaey has been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault for the Mahogany Drive incident.

Todomaey was transported to the Central Processing Unit for processing.  Bond information is not available at this time.


Mahoumon Todomaey