Detectives Investigate Single-Vehicle Fatal Collision on Zion Road

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a single-vehicle fatal collision that occurred in the Laytsonville area.

On Wednesday, September 19, at approximately 6:49 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 20400 block of Zion Road for the report of a single-vehicle collision.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 1995 Cadillac Eldorado was traveling north on Zion Road. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left the roadway in the 20400 block of Zion Road.  The Cadillac struck a fence and overturned.  The driver (and sole occupant of the vehicle), identified as Marvin Dewitt Dutton, age 53, of Riggs Road in Gaithersburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This fatal collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Concern For Gaithersburg Man

Update: September 18, 2018: Dewight Whitaker has been located safe and unharmed.



Detectives with the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Gaithersburg man.

Dewight Allan Whitaker, age 31, was last seen at his place of employment, Northwest High School, located in Germantown on the evening of Friday, September 14.  Whitaker’s residence is located on Inkberry Circle in Gaithersburg.

Dewight Whitaker is described as an African American male, who is 6′ 4″ tall, and weighs 230 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  He has tattoos on his arms.  He may be driving a black, 2011 Toyota Camry with Washington state tag, AYD8608.

Police and family are concerned for Whitaker’s emotional and physical welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dewight Whitaker or the Toyota Camry, is asked to contact Montgomery County Police at 301.279.8000


Concern for Missing Germantown Juvenile

Hailee Khan

Update: September 18, 2018 – Hailee Khan has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department -Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing Germantown juvenile.

Hailee Khan, age 14, was last seen by family at her St. Johnsbury Lane home at approximately 7:00 p.m. yesterday evening (Sunday, September 16).  Khan is described as a 5’04” tall female who weighs 120 pounds. She has brown eyes, black hair, and wears braces.  Khan was last seen wearing a pink shirt, white shorts, and carrying a brown blanket.

Police and family are concerned for Hailee Khan’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Hailee Khan 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 hours).


Update: Identities Released in Colesville Area Domestic Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the multiple victim shooting, domestic-related murder-suicide, that occurred this morning in the Colesville area.

This morning, (Monday, September 17) at approximately 12:06 a.m., 4th District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 100 block of Amberleigh Drive for the report of multiple victims shot within a residence at that address.  Five individuals, who investigators have confirmed are family members, were located.  A 57-year-old male and a 48-year-old female succumbed to their injuries on the scene.  A 22-year-old female and two juveniles, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, were transported to local trauma centers in critical condition.  One of the juveniles, a 10-year-old male, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The female adult victim is now being identified as Sang Yeon Kim, age 48, of that Amberleigh Drive address.

The juvenile male is now being identified as Andy Kim, age 10.

The male, who detectives believe shot his four family members and then himself, is now being identified as Yong Mun Kim, age 57, of the same address.  The investigation by detectives determined that Yong Kim and Sang Kim were married and that Yong Kim is believed to be the father of the juveniles.  The 22-year-old female is the daughter of Sang Kim and believed to be from a previous relationship.

Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050.  Callers may remain anonymous.



Man Charged with Inappropriate Touching and Sexual Exploitation of Juvenile Female

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Thomas Henry Ridges, age 38, of Chase Terrace in Beltsville, Maryland, with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sexual offense related to his inappropriate touching of the juvenile female and his inappropriate sexual conversation with and proposition of the victim.

Ridges’ came into contact with the victim as his role as a Horizon Child Care, Inc. employee.  At the time of these offenses, Ridges was also a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) paraeducator and a coach for Springbrook High School Boys Junior Varsity Basketball team.

On September 5, detectives received information regarding possible sexual abuse of a minor.  Investigators determined that on July 20, Ridges offered to drive the 16-year-old victim home from the Horizon facility in Silver Spring.  The victim accepted the ride.  Ridges did not drive toward the victim’s home.  He began to ask the victim if she remembered a time when she was 14 years old and was at a local pool as a camper at Horizon’s summer camp program.  Ridges told the victim that he had touched her in a private area and that it was purposeful.  The victim had previously believed the touching was accidental.

As Ridges continued driving around, he attempted to engage the victim in a sexual conversation and posed inappropriate questions to include asking her about her previous sexual encounters, asking her about drinking alcohol (as he parked in front of a liquor store), and asking her to send naked photographs of herself to him via cell phone.  Ridges also propositioned the victim to engage in sexual acts with him during the car ride.

On September 14, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Ridges.  He was arrested on that day and transported to the Central Processing Unit. He has since been released on bond.

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who attend Horizon Child Care, Inc. or who have had contact with Ridges to talk to their children about possible interactions with Ridges and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

Thomas Henry Ridges