Detectives Investigate Serious Collision in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a serious collision that occurred yesterday evening in Rockville.

On Friday, January 24 at approximately 9:56 p.m., 1st District officers, Rockville City Police Department officers, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of Frederick Road (Route 355) between Shady Grove Road and Redland Road for the report of a serious collision that had just occurred.

Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that a 2013 Honda Fit was traveling southbound on Frederick Road when for reasons still under investigation, the Fit crossed the center median and struck a 2012 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound on Frederick Road.

The driver of the Honda Fit, 34-year-old Fathi Hamadi Moudoud of Reserve Champion Drive in Rockville, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Honda Civic, 62-year-old Ali Reza Nassabeh was not injured in the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


United States Postal Service Employee Charged with Theft Offenses

Lorenzo E. Pugh

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Lorenzo E. Pugh, age 32, of the 5800 block of Cherrywood Lane in Greenbelt, with theft offenses related to Pugh stealing mailed property while working as a United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier in Silver Spring.

On January 2, 3rd District officers responded to the Bonanza Coins shop located at 940 Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring for the report of an individual attempting to sell two coins worth a total of $2,900.  The coin shop’s owner stated to police that the original owner of the coins had previously sent an email to local coin shops advising the shops to be on the lookout for these particular coins.  That email further stated that both coins had been recently sold and shipped to a buyer, but the buyer reported that he/she never received the coins.  The coins were then reported to the USPS as lost in the mail shipment.

During the investigation, 3rd District patrol officers determined that the individual who was attempting to sell the coins at the coin shop was not involved in the theft of the coins.  Further investigation by officers identified Pugh as the suspect who initially stole the coins and that Pugh worked as a USPS mail carrier with a delivery route in Silver Spring.

Third District patrol officers, working with USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agents interviewed Pugh regarding the stolen coins. During the interview, Pugh admitted to stealing the coins as well as stealing additional mailed property while on his delivery route.

Third District patrol officers and USPS special agents searched Pugh’s home and located multiple pieces of previously mailed property that Pugh had stolen while on his mail route.   Investigators have determined that Pugh stole the items while making deliveries on his mail route between March 2019 and January 2020.

Pugh was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with theft-related offenses, to include theft scheme: $1,500 to under $25,000.  Pugh was released after posting a $5,000 bond.


Detectives Ask for Public’s Assistance in Germantown Assault Investigation: Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the January 13 assault that occurred inside a 7-Eleven convenience store located at 12861 Clopper Road in Germantown. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video footage of the suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

At approximately 2300 hours on January 13, the suspect entered the 7-Eleven in Germantown. The suspect became irate with the store clerk and walked behind the counter and began to physically assault him.   The suspect produced a weapon and made verbal threats to the employee. A female is observed going behind the counter while the assault was taking place and attempted to lead the suspect away. The female is considered a person of interest.

A second employee told the suspect to leave the store. The suspect came toward the second employee and cut him on the chin. Both suspect and accompanying female exited the store in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  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.


Suspect in Germantown assault

Suspect in Germantown assault

Person of interest in Germantown assault

Detectives Investigate Home Invasion Robbery in the Fairland Area; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the January 10, home invasion robbery that occurred inside in the Fairland area. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the incident and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

On Friday, January 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., officers from the 3rd District responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Piano Lane for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred. The preliminary investigation by detectives determined that the victim was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when two suspects entered through an unlocked window. The first suspect entered the bedroom where the victim was sleeping, pointed a handgun at the victim, and told the victim to cover their head with the blanket.  The suspect stole a safe and other property belonging to the victim. Detectives believe that the second suspect remained downstairs and acted as a lookout during the robbery.

The first suspect is described as black male in his 30’s, 6’00” tall, and approximately 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a black beanie, a black mask, a gray hoodie, black gloves, and red sneakers.

The second suspect is described as black male, approximately 5’10 to 6’00 tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black coat, blue jeans, black gloves, and black sneakers with white stripes.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects or this home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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.


Pedestrian Struck by Train in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult male who was fatally struck by a train last night in Germantown.

On Wednesday, January 22, at approximately 6:30 p.m., 5th District officers and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services personnel responded for the report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a CSX Freight train at the Germantown Marc train station located at 19301 Mateny Hill Road.

The initial investigation has revealed that the victim was crossing the tracks at the platform when he was struck by a CSX Freight train.  The victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  The victim has been identified as Randolph Garth, age 60, of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.