Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) and Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are conducting a joint investigation. CRU detectives are investigating to determine if the vehicle and suspects involved in a fatal traffic collision on June 17 in the 200 block of Randolph Road were also involved in a collision that occurred minutes later the same day at the intersection of Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue. It has been confirmed that the same vehicle and driver in the intersection crash were involved in a June 15 crash in Olney. Detectives from the 4th District are investigating to determine if that known driver and vehicle are related to a June 16 armed robbery in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in the Northwood community of Silver Spring. They are seeking witnesses to any of these incidents to aid in advancing the investigations.
- See Fatal Collision Investigated in Colesville Area release for basic details on the June 17 crashes in Colesville. The victim of the fatal crash in the 200 block of Randolph Road was identified as Victoria Millicent Hitchins, age 71, of the 14500 block of Barkwood Drive in Rockville (photo below). She was driving a tan 2009 Camry (photo below is an “exemplar” or an example of that make of vehicle) The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry, 20 years old from Palmyra, Virginia. He was driving a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer (two photos of that actual vehicle are below).
During the course of the fatal investigation, CRU detectives determined the vehicles (Camry and Mountaineer) were operating at a high rate of speed. It was also determined that there was some interaction between the two vehicles. The exact nature and cause of the interaction is not yet known. It is also not known if that interaction was momentary and coincidental, or if it was part of a longer interaction over a distance. Detectives do not know if there might have been additional interaction between the vehicles’ occupants outside of their vehicles.
After the non-fatal crash at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Road, the 20-year-old male driver was identified as Barry. He was treated at the scene. At least two, and perhaps more other occupants described as black males fled from the crashed vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer. A Montgomery County Police K-9 team located one of the individuals who had bailed from the crashed SUV. Both individuals were interviewed but no charges have been filed against either suspect.
A collision that occurred on June 15 is related to the June 17 non-fatal intersection collision.
- On June 15 around midnight, a black SUV was involved in a crash in the drive-through lanes of the McDonalds restaurant located at 18010 Georgia Avenue in Olney. The SUV collided with a parked vehicle that caused it to be pushed into the drive-through lanes. There were no injuries. At that time, the driver of the at-fault vehicle and a juvenile remained at the scene but three individuals described as black males bailed out and ran. The driver was identified as Ousmane William (Will) Mohamed Barry and he was cited for this incident. His vehicle, a 2005 black Mercury Mountaineer had to be towed due to a shattered back window.
Fourth District Detectives are investigating to determine whether or not an armed robbery is linked to any of the traffic collisions.
- At midnight on June 16, an armed robbery occurred in the 1300 block of Wheaton Lane in Silver Spring. During the robbery, two black males jumped out of a black SUV and robbed an adult Asian man at gunpoint. They fled from the scene in the SUV. At this stage of the investigation it is not known if this vehicle and/or any of its occupants were involved in the June 15 and 17 crashes.
Detectives are seeking to determine if the collisions are at all linked to the armed robbery; and why the fatal collision victim was traveling at a high rate of speed. They are asking anyone in the community who may have witnessed any of these incidents on June 15, 16 or 17 to contact them. If any home-owners or businesses have security video that shows any portion of Randolph Road, Glenallan Avenue or Georgia Avenue between Randolph and Bel Pre Roads, please contact detectives. Contact is also requested from anyone who saw a black SUV on June 16 or before the June 17, 7 a.m. crash with white plastic covering its back windshield (shattered during the crash at the McDonalds).
Collision Reconstruction Unit at: 240-773-6620.
4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.
Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous 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 for a felony crime.
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Philip Richard Horner
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Twinbrook area man.
Philip Richard Horner, age 62, from the 2200 block of McAuliffe Drive, in the Twinbrook area of Rockville, left his residence on June 19. He is described as a white male, 5’10” tall, and weighing approximately 180 pounds. Horner is balding with brown and gray hair and has brown eyes. It is not known what clothing he was wearing when he left his residence. Horner is known to frequent the Rockville Town Center area.
Horner does not have his prescribed medication with him and police and family members are concerned for his emotional and physical well-being.
Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Philip Richard Horner is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.
Scene of second collision at Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue that may be related to fatal collision in the 200 block of Randolph Road
WHAT: Members of the Montgomery County Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are holding a press conference to update details of the two early morning June 17 collisions in the Colesville area of Silver Spring and to seek witnesses to assist in those investigations.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – 10 a.m.
WHERE: Intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Rd. near the collision site in front of the BB&T Bank. Bank address is 13350 New Hampshire Avenue.
Parking: Members of the media are requested to park in either the back row of spaces behind the BB&T Bank, accessible from Randolph Road, or any of the spaces in the Ethio Addis Beer & Wine Shop at 14 Randolph Road. Entrance directly after entrance to back lot of BB&T Bank.
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Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide Section are investigating the death of an 18-year-old male whose body was discovered in a Gaithersburg park Friday evening. They are investigating his death as a homicide.
On Friday, June 17, at approximately 7:46 p.m., officers from the 6th District and Gaithersburg Police Department responded to Malcolm King Park located at 1200 West Side Drive, in Gaithersburg for the report of a deceased male.
First responders located the victim, who has been identified as Cristian Antonio Villagran Morales of Gaithersburg; there was evidence of trauma to his body.
Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this murder to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Fatal collision scene in the 200 block of Randolph Road
Scene of second collision at Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue that may be related to the fatal collision in the 200 block of Randolph Road
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a single-vehicle, single-occupant, fatal collision that occurred early this morning in the Colesville area. They are also investigating a second, single-vehicle collision that occurred in the same area at approximately the same time that may be related to the fatal collision.
At approximately 6:55 a.m. and then at 6:56 a.m., The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received 9-1-1 calls reporting two separate, serious single-vehicle collisions in the same area. Officers from both the 3rd and 4th Districts along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 200 block of Randolph Road and to the area of Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue for the collisions.
At the Randolph Road scene, preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Toyota Camry was traveling eastbound in the 200 block of Randolph Road just prior to Locksley Lane when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest in a residential yard. The driver, identified as Victoria Millicent Hitchins, age 71, of the 14500 block of Barkwood Drive in Rockville, succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
At the New Hampshire Avenue scene, a separate investigation revealed that a black 2005 Mercury Mountaineer was traveling eastbound on Randolph Road and attempted to turn south onto New Hampshire Avenue, when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The 20-year-old male driver, Ousmane William Mohamed Barry from Palmyra, Virginia, was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.
These collisions remain under investigation. Anyone with information about either of these collisions is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.