Newborn Baby Located in Wooded Area in Silver Spring; Police Seek Information from Public

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are seeking information from the public regarding a newborn baby found in a wooded area in Silver Spring.

Today at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a man who had been walking on the sidewalk in the 10000 block of Tenbrook Drive when he heard a baby crying. He went to investigate the sound and found a naked baby approximately ten feet from the sidewalk in the woods.

The female newborn was transported to a local hospital where she is in stable condition.

The baby is possibly Hispanic and according to medical personnel at the hospital, was born a few hours before she was found.

Anyone with information about this baby is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 (press option 3).

The Police Department would like to remind residents of Maryland’s Safe Haven law:

From the Maryland Department of Human Resources:

What is Safe Haven?

“In Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations, some of which are listed below (click link ). A parent (or another adult with the approval of the mother) has up to 10 days from the birth to invoke Safe Haven anonymously and safely leave a baby with a responsible adult at a designated location. A person who invokes Safe Haven is immune from civil liability or criminal prosecution provided the child is unharmed. If you have questions about Maryland’s Safe Haven law, call the Department of Human Resources at 800-332-6347 or your local department of social services.”

Detectives Ask For Public’s Help in Locating Wanted Assault and Robbery Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted suspect: Raul Martinez – Rodriguez, age 43.

Detectives have obtained a warrant for Martinez-Rodriguez’ arrest for the assault of a 79-year-old man that occurred on August 12 at the victim’s residence on Arctic Avenue in the Aspen Hill area.  The warrant charges Martinez-Rodriguez with robbery, first-degree assault, and vehicle theft.

On Monday, August 12, at approximately 3:00 p.m., 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 13800 block of Arctic Avenue.  Officers learned that the victim’s son had come home to find his father unresponsive in the basement, suffering from serious injuries sustained during an assault.  The victim was transported to a local hospital.

The investigation by detectives determined that the victim and the suspect, Martinez-Rodriguez, had an agreement; Martinez-Rodriguez would live in the victim’s home and in exchange would complete renovations to the home.  On August 12, a witness heard the victim and Martinez-Rodriguez become involved in a verbal dispute about the terms of the agreement. Investigators believe that Martinez-Rodriguez assaulted the victim as a result of this disagreement.  After assaulting the victim, Martinez-Rodriguez fled the residence with the victim’s vehicle, cellular phone, and wallet containing cash.  There is no evidence at this time that this was a hate-motivated crime.

The victim’s vehicle and cellular phone were recovered on northbound Route 15 prior to Monocacy Boulevard in Frederick County, Maryland, in the evening of August 12.

Martinez-Rodriguez is described as a Hispanic male who is 5’05” tall and weighs 140 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes, and facial hair.

Martinez-Rodriguez is known to frequent the Montgomery Village area and has possible ties to Frederick, Maryland.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Raul Martinez – Rodriguez  to please call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.  Callers can remain anonymous.

WANTED: Raul Martinez – Rodriguez

Continuing Concern for Missing Silver Spring Woman (LOCATED)

Update: 8/17/19 – Renee Michele Graye has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police continue to ask the public for help in locating a missing Silver Spring woman.

Renee Michele Graye, age 60, of the 3500 block of Woodlake Drive in Silver Spring, was reported missing on August 7.  Graye has health issues and is in need of medication that she does not have with her.

Detectives believe that since her family last saw her, Graye may be frequenting Washington, D.C. and using the Washington Metro.

Graye’s vehicle, which she was last known to be driving, was located unoccupied in the Chevy Chase area on August 14.

Police and family continue to be concerned for Graye’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Renee Michele Graye is asked to call the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

Renee Michele Graye

Renee Michele Graye

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling $9,800 with Victims’ Stolen Credit Cards; Residents Reminded to Keep Purses and Wallets Close at All Times

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Amir Holmes (also known as Amir Hunter), age 52, of the 1700 block of E. Street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., with multiple counts of theft and credit card fraud-related offenses.  Holmes stole wallets and credit cards from approximately six victims who left their purses unattended while shopping at a store in Wheaton.  Holmes then fraudulently used the stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various retail stores in Wheaton. Investigators believe that Holmes committed these thefts on various dates between early May and the end of July.

On May 8, 2019, detectives began investigating a series of wallet thefts that occurred inside the Costco Wholesale store located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.  During the investigation, detectives identified Holmes as the suspect who, from May through July, fraudulently purchased approximately $9,800 worth of merchandise on six victims’ stolen credit cards.

On Thursday, August 8, investigators obtained a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Holmes.

Holmes was arrested on August 14 in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.

Holmes remains incarcerated in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.  At this time, a mugshot for Holmes is not available.


Concern for Missing Germantown Woman

Saja Mashelle Menefee

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

Saja Mashelle Menefee, age 26, of the 18900 block of Red Robin Terrace, last spoke with family on the telephone on Sunday, August 11.  Family has been unable to contact her since that time.

Menefee is described as an African American female who is 5’ 6” tall and weighs 130 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Saja Mashelle Menefee’s welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding Saja Mashelle Menefee’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).