Concern for Missing Chevy Chase Woman

Holly Kopit

Holly Kopit

UPDATE:  Holly Kopit of the 4800 block of De Russey Parkway in Chevy Chase has been located safe and unharmed.

Police and family would like to thank the public and the media for sharing information about this missing persons case.



Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Chevy Chase woman.

Holly Kopit, age 58, from the 4800 block of De Russey Parkway in Chevy Chase, was last seen leaving a family member’s home in the 5600 block of Wisconsin Avenue on October 6 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Holly Kopit is described as a white female, approximately 5’3” tall, and weighing 110 pounds. She has dark hair and brown eyes. She was last seen driving a 2005 dark green Scion XB with a Maryland tag of 18145M6.

Police and family are concerned for Mrs. Kopit’s emotional and physical well-being.

Anyone with any information regarding Holly Kopit’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.


Three Suspects Arrested For Theft from Vehicles in Germantown

crime alertOfficers from the 5th District have charged three suspects with theft for breaking into multiple vehicles in Germantown: Anthony Derrick Martin, age 20, of the 18700 block of Curry Powder Lane in Germantown, Jose Elias Morales Portillo, age 20, of the 18600 block of Bay Leaf Way in Germantown, and Donovan Lee, age 18, of the 13000 block of Trailside Way in Germantown.

On September 28 at approximately 3:10 a.m., 5th District officers responded to the 14000 block of Jump Drive in Germantown for the report of a resident who witnessed three male suspects, later identified as Martin, Portillo, and Lee, breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot. The resident told officers that he witnessed the suspects remove a backpack from a vehicle, empty out its contents, and leave the area.

Officers located the three suspects on a nearby street. Martin, Portillo, and Lee all were in possession of property that was later determined to have been stolen from several vehicles on Jump Drive.

The three suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with one count of theft: less than $1,000 and one count of rogue and vagabond. Martin was released after posting a $5,000 bond, Portillo was released after posting a $2,500 bond, and Lee was released after posting a $2,500 bond.
Officers believe that there may be additional victims of these thefts who have not reported the incidents to police. Anyone who has been a victim of a theft from vehicle and has not reported the theft is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Police are again urging residents to lock their vehicle doors and remove items of value as unlocked doors are easy targets for suspects.



Joe Portillo

Joe Portillo

Donovan Lee

Donovan Lee

Anthony Martin

Anthony Martin

Officer Performs Life-Saving Actions on Child on Interstate 270

Yesterday at approximately 4:23 p.m., Montgomery County Police Officer James Herman was on his way home after completing his patrol shift and initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 270 in the area of the Muddy Branch Road exit. While Officer Herman was speaking with the driver, another vehicle pulled off the highway and parked behind the officer’s cruiser. A man and a woman exited their vehicle with a 9-month-old girl and ran to the officer, explaining that the child was unresponsive. Officer Herman noted that the child was ashen in color. While cradling the girl in his arms, the officer began to perform CPR; the child soon regained consciousness. Officer Herman radioed to dispatch that Fire – Rescue personnel were needed at the location. At this time, a Good Samaritan, who identified himself as an out-of-state firefighter, stopped his vehicle on the side of the road to offer assistance. Fire – Rescue responded and transported the girl to a local hospital. The woman with the child identified herself as the grandmother and the male is believed to have been a family member.

Officer James Herman is an 11-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department and currently works in the 2nd District. Commander Falcinelli of the 2nd (Bethesda) District said, “I am very proud that Officer Herman was in the right place at the right time to save this infant’s life. He followed his training and his efforts resulted in a positive outcome. He is an excellent representative of the dedication and professionalism that Montgomery County Police officers possess.”

On Sunday, Montgomery County Fire – Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen E. Mann, who responded to this incident, stated, “I am told that this child is doing better and only still alive due to the quick actions of Officer Herman and the unknown civilian who assisted him in providing this life-saving intervention.”

The Good Samaritan, who is believed to be an out-of-state firefighter, has not been identified. There was a National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland, yesterday, and the man was wearing a shirt associated with that memorial. It is possible that this man had attended this service earlier in the day. The Department would like to thank this individual for his willingness to come to the assistance of our officer and this child.

Montgomery County officers receive CPR and other emergency medical training during the police academy and throughout their careers as part of annual in-service training.


UPDATE: Via social media,the out-of-state firefighter has been identified as Brody Channell, a firefighter with the Little Rock, Arkansas Fire Department.  Channell was in Maryland to honor his father, Capt. Dennis A. Channell, at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.  Channell’s father died in the line of duty February 10, 2014, while responding to a call for service.

UPDATE: Due to privacy laws, the Department was initially unable to obtain the child’s name.  We are happy that her family reached out to the Department and that we can now identify her as Kenzlee Mae Cushman.



Officer James Herman

Officer James Herman

Police Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a burglary that occurred on September 15 at a residence in the 14200 block of Gate Dancer Lane in Boyds. Detectives have obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

On September 15 at approximately 12:00 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the residence on Gate Dancer Lane after the homeowner discovered the female suspect, described as a black female in her 20’s, inside of the home. The suspect fled after she was confronted by the homeowner.

Detectives obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking anyone who may recognize her to please call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. 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 this crime.


Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Weather Alert – Driving Safety Tips


A significant storm is projected to impact Montgomery County and the D.C. area within the coming days. The risk to lives and property in this potentially dangerous situation remains high.

This storm could bring very heavy rainfall to the area and winds could become strong enough to down trees, power lines, and cause flooding in normally safe areas.  The threat of up to 5 inches of rain exists with 3 inches a much greater possibility.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Flooding conditions can occur quickly during a heavy rainfall. Below are some tips to remember if you are on the road during a heavy rainfall where possible flooding conditions could occur:

  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. The needed stopping distance increases when roads are wet and visibility decreases.
  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth. 6 inches of water can cause your engine to stall and as little as 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float. Flooding related deaths have occurred in the past on low lying roads in Montgomery County.

Remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – your vehicle could easily be swept  away.
  • Do not drive around traffic barricades; obey all traffic control devices.
  • The Montgomery County Police Department is urging residents not to drive during the heavier parts of this storm.  If you must drive, please plan ahead to allow more time and avoid routes that will take you into low lying areas.  Many times, high water and the affects of a storm remain after the significant rainfall is over.

Below is a list of some of the roads in Montgomery County that could be affected by high water.  This is not meant to be an inclusive list and all motorists should remain cautious when driving.


MD 29 (Columbia Pike) at Paint Branch – N. of White Oak
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek – S. of Kensington
MD 190 (River Road) at Cabin John Creek – Potomac
MD 193 (Univ. Blvd) at Sligo Creek – Wheaton
MD 586 (Viers Mill Rd) at Rock Creek – S. of Twinbrook Pkwy.
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park – Kensington-Chevy Chase
Sligo Creek Pkwy – Silver Spring-Takoma Park


MD 97 (Georgia Ave) at Reddy Branch – N. of Brookeville
MD 124 (Woodfield Rd) at Goshen Branch and at Gr. Seneca Creek – N. of Brink Rd.
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Gr. Seneca Creek – W. of Gaithersburg
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Little Seneca Creek  – E. of Boyds
MD 355 (Frederick Rd) at Little Seneca Creek – W. of Brink
MD 121 (Clarksburg Rd) near Little Seneca Lake – N. of Boyds
MD 118 (Germantown Rd) at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Germantown
River Rd and Berryville Rd at Seneca Creek
Blunt Road at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Brink Rd.
Davis Mill Rd at Great Seneca Creek – N. of Gaithersburg
Brighton Dam Rd at Hawlings River – NE of Brookeville
Goldmine Rd at Hawlings River – E of Olney
Zion Rd at Hawlings River – E. of Laytonsville
Hoyles Mill Rd at ford of Little Seneca Creek – Germantown, west of the soccer complex
Loghouse Rd at Magruder Branch – S. of Damascus
Elton Farm Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
Howard Chapel Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
White’s Ferry Road and River Road – White’s Ferry