Update: Serious Pedestrian Collision in Gaithersburg Now Fatal

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a now fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Wednesday, September 11th.  The pedestrian, identified as 78-year-old Eleanor Cohen of Booth Street in Gaithersburg, succumbed to her injuries this afternoon (September 16th) at an area hospital.

On Wednesday, September 11th at approximately 10:20 a.m., 6th district officers, Gaithersburg Police Department officers, and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to a pedestrian-involved collision that had just occurred in the area of the LA Fitness gym located at 314 Copley Place.

Preliminary investigation by CRU detectives revealed that a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali was attempting to turn left onto Copley Place after exiting the Harris Teeter grocery store parking lot.  Cohen had exited the LA Fitness and was attempting to cross Copley Place in the direction of the Starbucks coffee shop when she was struck by the vehicle.  Cohen was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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Two Suspects in Germantown Carjacking Arrested in North Carolina

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Kenneth Darnell Davis, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, with carjacking and assault offenses for the September 6th carjacking that occurred in front of a convenience store in Germantown.   Detectives have also charged 16-year-old Kimberly Morales of Montgomery Village as an adult with carjacking and assault offenses related to this incident.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Friday, September 6th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., the adult male victim parked his vehicle in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 19700 Frederick Road.  After parking, the victim left his vehicle unlocked and running while he entered the store to make a purchase.  While standing in line for the registers, the victim observed a male suspect enter the driver’s side of his vehicle and a female suspect enter the rear seat area of his vehicle.   After seeing this, the victim ran outside, opened the passenger door to his vehicle and attempted to remove the suspects.  After being confronted by the victim, the male suspect who was in the driver’s seat of the victim’s car backed the vehicle out the parking space at a high rate of speed.  The victim was struck by the open passenger-side door of his car and thrown to the pavement as the suspect back out of the parking space and fled in the victim’s car from the area.    Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 7-Eleven and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

During the initial investigation, detectives entered the victim’s vehicle into a national law enforcement database as being stolen from Montgomery County.   The next morning (Saturday, September 7th), at approximately 10:06 a.m., MCP detectives were contacted by officers from the Hope Mills Police Department in North Carolina who stated that they had located the carjacked vehicle from Montgomery County at a convenience store in Hope Mills.   The Hope Mills officers further stated that a male and female suspect, now identified as Kenneth Davis and Kimberly Morales, were found in the stolen car and were now in custody.   Further investigation by MCP detectives determined that Davis and Morales were the same suspects who committed the September 6th carjacking in Germantown.

MCP detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis charging him with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  MCP detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Morales, charging her as an adult with carjacking, first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit carjacking.  Davis and Morales remain in custody in North Carolina pending extradition to Montgomery County.

**Note a mugshot of Davis is not yet available and a mugshot of Morales will not be released due to her age**

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Police Investigating Homicide in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a homicide that occurred yesterday in Germantown.

On Sunday, September 15, at approximately 6:20 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the area of the 12500 block of Milestone Center Drive for the report of a injured person in the field behind the Extended Stay Hotel.  When officers arrived, they located an adult black male who was deceased.  The victim had signs of trauma to the upper body.  The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the victim’s cause of death.

The identity of the victim will be released once family have been notified.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  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 may remain anonymous.

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MCP and FBI Continue to Investigate Suspicious Disappearance of Gaithersburg Man; Reward Offered for Information

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Baltimore Division continue to investigate the disappearance of Ronal Giovani Vasquez-Flores of Gaithersburg, who was 23 at the time of his disappearance in July 2016.  Based on the investigation thus far, investigators are concerned that Vasquez-Flores was a victim of foul play and that the circumstances of his disappearance may be gang-related. Anyone who has information about this missing person case is asked to come forward to law enforcement.

Vasquez-Flores, of the 100 block of Coral Reef Terrace in Gaithersburg, was reported as a missing person to the Police Department by a friend on July 16, 2016.

Vasquez-Flores is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’ 6” tall, and weighing 130 pounds.  He has brown eyes and brown hair.  Photographs of him are included at the conclusion of this release.

During this investigation, detectives have been able to confirm the following information regarding the disappearance of Vasquez-Flores that may aid the public in assisting with this case:

  • Vasquez-Flores was the victim of a physical assault that occurred in the area of Killarney Lane and Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg on July 13, 2016. This assault is believed to be gang-related.

 

  • Vasquez-Flores’ last known whereabouts were in Virginia.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Ronal Giovani Vasquez-Flores is urged to contact the Baltimore Division of the FBI at 410-265-8080 or the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Vasquez-Flores or information about his disappearance.

Detectives also want to locate Vasquez-Flores’ family.  Anyone with information about his family or relatives is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

photograph of missing person

Ronal Giovani Vasquez-Flores

photograph of missing person

Ronal Giovani Vasquez-Flores

 

UPDATE: Detectives Continue to Investigate Olney Area Fatal; Ask Witnesses to Come Forward

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate a multiple-vehicle fatal collision that occurred at approximately 8:56 on the night of Friday, September 6 on Georgia Avenue at MD 200 (the Intercounty Connector – ICC).

Today, investigators are asking anyone who observed the collision and who have not spoken to police to call CRU.  Investigators are also asking those who observed any of the three involved vehicles traveling north on Georgia Avenue prior to the collision to call CRU at 240-773-6620.

The three vehicles involved in the collision that were traveling north on Georgia Avenue at the time of the collision are:

  • A bronze, 2014 Infiniti Q50S
  • A black 2018 Dodge Challenger
  • A blue (with tan trim) 2004 Ford Explorer, with unique stickers and LED lights on the liftgate (see photograph below)

Below are exemplar (example) photographs of the three vehicles.  There is also a photograph of the exact Ford Explorer involved in the collision (note the unique stickers and LED lights).

Infiniti Q50S Example

Dodge Challenger Example

Dodge Challenger Example

Ford Explorer Example

Ford Explorer involved in collision