Montgomery County Department of Police Statement on Enforcement of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order

(Español: Declaración del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery sobre la Implementación de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan)

 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is committed to serving our community during the COVID-19 crisis.  With the latest Executive Order from Governor Hogan requiring residents to stay home unless they need to go out for essential services or are employees working with a business providing essential services, many concerns have been expressed regarding our response.

The Montgomery County Department of Police are taking the following steps with regard to our enforcement of the Governor’s Order and our response to crime and calls for service:

  • We will not randomly stop community members for compliance checks of the Governor’s orders.
  • If we encounter people via a traffic stop, police call for service, investigations or a gathering of individuals, we will inquire if individuals are in compliance with the Governor’s Order.
  • Crimes are still occurring in the county and we are responding and investigating incidents.  Serious crimes are taking priority and we are asking for the public’s patience as we investigate lesser crimes but note we are investigating them.  Vehicle collisions are still occurring and we are encouraging the community to drive safely, slow down and be aware of all pedestrians.
  • We have developed a staffing plan to have sufficient police officers ready to respond 24/7 and patrol our streets to protect life and property during this crisis.
  • Per Montgomery County policy, officers will not ask any community members of their immigration status.

The Montgomery County Department of Police will continue to evaluate the rapidly evolving situation and review our approaches and make changes as needed to ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order.

A link to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is located at:

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 3-30-2020 (English Language Version)

 

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Detectives Investigate Shots Fired in Wheaton-Glenmont; Two Suspects Arrested After Pursuit Into Olney

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating the discharge of a firearm that occurred in Wheaton-Glenmont.  No victims from the shooting were located and no victims were reported to have been struck by gunfire.  During the initial investigation, officers pursued a suspect’s vehicle into Olney where two suspects were taken into custody.  A third suspect from that vehicle remains at large.

On Friday, March 27 at approximately 7:12 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the area of the 12500 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.  Witnesses reported that a red vehicle and a white vehicle fled from the area immediately after they heard the sound of shots.   Responding officers located multiple shell casings and broken glass in the area.

A few minutes after the call for the shooting, an officer traveling on Layhill Road observed a red Acura and a white vehicle driving north on Layhill Road at Norbeck Road.  Both vehicles matched the description of vehicles that fled from the earlier shots fired call.  Officers lost sight of the white vehicle but attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura.  The driver of the Acura failed to stop for police and officers pursued the Acura onto Norwood Road toward Rt. 108.   During the pursuit, officers observed the front seat passenger in the Acura throwing what appeared to be U.S. currency out of the car’s passenger side window.  Officers continued to pursue the Acura onto Buehler Court in Olney where the car stopped.  The adult male driver of the Acura and the adult male front seat passenger were immediately arrested.  A rear-seat passenger in the Acura fled from the vehicle and has not been located.

During the investigation, no weapon was located but officers did locate multiple counterfeit $100 bills in the area where officers saw the front seat passenger throwing money out of the car’s window.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Charges in this case are pending and the suspect’s names will be released once they are formally charged.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the initial call for the shooting in the 12500 block of Georgia Avenue to contact 4th District Investigative Section detectives at 240-773-5530.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Shots Fired in Residential Parking Lot in Montgomery Village

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police– 6th District Investigative Section are investigating the discharge of a firearm that occurred last night in the parking lot of the apartment complex located at 18700 Walkers Choice Road in Montgomery Village.  No victims were reported to having been struck by the gunfire and detectives did not locate any damage to property.

Last night (Friday, March 27), at approximately 8:58 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the 18700 block of Walkers Choice Road.

6th District officers responded to the area and spoke with witnesses who stated that after hearing the sound of shots, they observed two suspects fleeing from the area in a champagne colored four-door sedan.  The first suspect is described as a black male with a thin build, with long dreadlocks, wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants.  The second suspect is described as a black male with a thin build and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Officers located spent shell casings in the parking lot of the apartment complex located at 18700 Walkers Choice Road.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspects involved is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5570.  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 in this case.

Detectives Investigate Shooting in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in the 12300 block of Featherwood Drive in White Oak.  At this time, this incident does not appear to be random in nature.

At approximately 4:32 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Featherwood Drive and Treetop Lane.

Responding officers located an 18-year-old male in a parking lot on Featherwood Drive suffering from a gunshot wound.   The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.   Officers also located multiple shell casings in the area.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about this shooting or the identities of the suspect(s) contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. 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 in this case.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Damascus Woman

Jennifer Renne Carroll

Update: March 27 – Jennifer Renne Carroll has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Damascus woman.

Jennifer Renne Carroll, age 39, was last seen by family on Friday, March 13 when she left her Hawkins Creamery Court home driving her 2017 gray Honda Fit with Maryland tag: 6CS1724.  Family reported that Carroll left her house to stay with friends but that she never arrived at her destination.

Carroll is 5’ 4” tall and weighs 140 pounds.  She has blue eyes and brown hair.

Police and family are concerned for Carroll’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jennifer Renne Carroll or her vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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