Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Bethesda; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who committed a commercial burglary at the Bradley Party & Variety store in Bethesda.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the commercial burglary of the Bradley Party & Variety store located at 6922 Arlington Road in Bethesda.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that on August 26 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store posing as a customer.  A review of the business’ surveillance video revealed that the suspect went to the rear of the store and entered an area designated for employees only.  The suspect forcibly opened a locked door to an area that contained business proceeds.  The suspect stole money, returned to the main area of the store, and walked out of the business.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 of the suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Update to Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, November 5 at the Stoneymill Square shopping center located in the 12200 block of Veirs Mill Road (at the corner of Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road).

Investigation by Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes detectives has determined that on Sunday, November 5 at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for an assault in progress at the shopping center. The caller stated that he was in his vehicle and an unknown SUV was ramming his vehicle.

Officer Todd Archer was the first officer to arrive at the call for service.  He approached the SUV and discharged his firearm one time.  The 52-year-old male driver of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade (SUV) was shot.  Additional officers arrived at the scene after the officer discharged his weapon.  Officers began life-saving measures and Fire & Rescue services were called.  The driver of the Escalade was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

As is protocol, Officer Archer is on paid, Administrative Leave during this investigation.

During this investigation, Major Crimes detectives have completed the following:

  • Collected Officer Archer’s Department issued body-worn camera and reviewed that video.

 

  • Collected Officer Archer’s service weapon and duty belt for preservation and analysis.

 

  • Interviewed the person who called 911 (who stated that he was in his vehicle and an unknown SUV was ramming his vehicle).

 

  • Obtained statements and body-worn camera video from officers who arrived at the scene following the shooting.

 

  • Canvassed the area for additional witnesses and surveillance video.  Investigators obtained long-range video of the event that was captured on a business’ surveillance system.

 

  • Photographed the scene.

 

  • Towed the Cadillac Escalade and processed it for evidence.  The Escalade has since been returned to the family.

 

  • Interviewed the family of the male who was shot.

At this time, the information gathered by Major Crimes detectives has been provided to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.  (An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event).  The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine if the Montgomery County police officer acted within the confines of the law.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  As information is confirmed it will be released to the public.

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death in Brookeville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the discovery of human remains found in a wooded area located in the 19500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville.

On Sunday, November 12 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a resident notified police that he had been walking his dogs in the woods and located what he believed to be human bones.  4th District officers responded to the area and located a shallow grave that contained skeletal remains.  Detectives believe that the unknown person is an adult who has been deceased for less than a year.

An autopsy will be completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the cause and manner of death.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  More details will be released as they become available.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Teenager

Update: November 12, 2017 – Elizabeth Anaya has returned home and is 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 Gaithersburg teenager.

Elizabeth Anaya, age 17, of the 17600 block of Shady Spring Terrace in Gaithersburg, was last seen leaving her home on Saturday, November 11 at approximately 7:30 p.m.  She stated to family that she was going to have dinner with friends and then would return home.  Anaya did not return home and her whereabouts are unknown.

Anaya is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5’04” tall, 180 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.  Anaya was last seen wearing clothing to include a black top with ruffles over a black tank top, jeans, and knee-high brown boots.

Police and family are concerned for Anaya’s emotional and physical welfare.  Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Elizabeth Anaya is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

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Elizabeth Anaya

Death in Wheaton Ruled Homicide; Suspect Arrested

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult female whose body was found to the rear of the shopping center located at 2321 University Boulevard West on Friday, November 10.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

The homicide victim has been identified as Dania Mendez de Guerra, age 21, of Amherst Avenue in Wheaton.  Her husband had reported her as a missing person (read the missing person press release for further information) to the Police Department on the morning of Monday, November 6, after she did not return home from working the night shift at the KFC restaurant located on University Boulevard West.

Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez, age 47, of Cove Lane in Rockville, has been arrested for the homicide of de Guerra and has been charged with second-degree murder.

When de Guerra was reported as a missing person on November 6, detectives began to investigate her disappearance and learned that the victim was in a relationship with a coworker, identified as Campos-Martinez.

On Friday, November 10, de Guerra’s body was located behind a commercial establishment on University Boulevard West at Elkin Street.    Her cell phone and purse were missing.  There appeared to be trauma to her body.  The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who ruled that the death was a homicide by multiple blunt force trauma and asphyxia.

Major Crimes detectives interviewed Campos-Martinez on November 10 after de Guerra was located deceased.  Campos-Martinez acknowledged that he was in a relationship with the victim.  He stated that both he and the victim were working at the KFC on the evening of November 5.  He finished working at approximately 11:45 p.m. and waited in the area for the victim to complete her shift.  The victim left the KFC at approximately 12:30 a.m. (on November 6) and Campos-Martinez and the victim became involved in a verbal argument.  Campos-Martinez stated to investigators that the victim was upset with him and wanted to end the relationship.  Campos-Martinez told investigators that he punched the victim three times and pushed her to the ground where she hit her head.  Campos-Martinez stated that the victim appeared unresponsive.  He took her purse and cell phone and fled the area in a taxi.  He discarded her property in a dumpster.

Campos-Martinez was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with the second-degree murder of de Guerra.  He remains in jail on a no bond status.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

 

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Elmer Campos-Martinez