Detectives Seek Help to Identify Suspects Responsible for Hate-Based Vandalism in Rockville

042616 vandalism to memorial rockDetectives from the 1st District Investigative Section are asking the public for assistance in locating suspects responsible for vandalism that is believed to be hate-based.

On Sunday, April 24 between 3:45 and 4:00 p.m., 1st District officers responded for the report of vandalism that had just recently occurred at Welsh Park on Mannakee Street and at Beall Elementary School located at 451 Beall Avenue in Rockville.

Through the course of the preliminary investigation it was determined that a witness had seen two boys, described as white teenagers, spray painting swastikas in the wooded area between Beall Elementary School and Welsh Park.

The responding officers were not able to locate the suspects. They did find two painted swastikas along the footpath in the wooded area near the dead end of Luckett Street. One of the swastikas was found on the trunk of a tree. The other was painted on a personalized memorial stone with a plaque commemorating “Charles W. Gilchrist – Forest Preserve at Welsh Park – Dedicated to the Citizens of Rockville.” A third swastika was located at Beall Elementary School. It was painted on a piece of exercise equipment near the portable classrooms on school grounds.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington have been contacted in relation to this incident.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the involved suspects is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084

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Suspect Arrested for Homicide of Infant

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Major Crimes Division are investigating the homicide of a six-month-old girl, Miller “Millie” Lilliston of Rockville.  Investigators have charged Kia Divband, 35 years old, of Rockville, with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse.

In the late morning of April 19, homicide detectives responded to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) for the report of an unresponsive infant who had been transported to the hospital.  Investigators determined that prior to arriving at the hospital, the child, Millie Lilliston, was in the care of Kia Divband at his licensed daycare.  Divband’s daycare, Little Dreamers, is located at Divband’s residence at 1603 Grandin Avenue in Rockville.

Detectives responded to Divband’s residence and interviewed him.  Divband stated that Millie’s parent had dropped her off at approximately 8:00 a.m. that morning (April 19) and that she took a nap. Divband stated that Millie woke up at 10:30 a.m. and while she was in her stroller, he began to feed her a bottle that contained six ounces of breast milk.  Divband stated that Millie drank approximately three ounces of milk and then started choking and vomiting.  When she stopped vomiting, Divband said he took her to the bathroom to clean her face.  At that time, Divband stated that he noticed that MIllie was unresponsive and that her lips had turned blue.

Divband stated that he performed three to four rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and yelled for his wife, who was upstairs in the home, to call 9-1-1.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded and transported Millie to SGAH.  Doctors noted subdural hematomas in her head, rib fractures, and multiple bruises on her face and body.  Millie was then flown by air to the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in the District of Columbia.

An examination by doctors at the Children’s National Medical Center revealed additional injuries to include retinal hemorrhages, a fractured femur, and a fractured humerus.  All of the injuries were in various stages of healing and were classified as non-accidental, inflicted trauma.  Millie succumbed to her injuries three days later on April 22.

Millie’s parents were interviewed at CNMC and reported that she had not been ill, and was in good health and condition when she was dropped off earlier that day.  Millie’s parents had a photograph taken on April 18 that showed Millie with no facial bruising.  They also stated that Millie had no serious injuries prior to being placed in Divband’s care.

On April 21, homicide detectives served a search warrant at the Little Dreamers daycare and Divband’s residence.  Blood evidence was recovered in multiple locations in the daycare facility, including the stroller that Millie was seated in on April 19.  A trash can with bloodied baby wipes was located outside with the trash bins.  Investigators also noticed that Divband had removed Millie’s name label from her belongings bin.

Medical reports from CNMC described Millie suffering from multiple inflicted injuries.  None of these were consistent with the choking event described by Divband but were consistent with repeated incidents of physical abuse.

On April 24, an autopsy was performed by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  That office ruled Millie’s death  a homicide caused by multiple blunt-force injuries.

Divband will have a bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.  He is currently being held on $2,000,000 bond.

Kia Divband

Kia Divband

Police Investigate Centerway Park Homicide

MCPSealBestDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating a homicide that occurred in Centerway Park in Montgomery Village last night.  The victim is identified as Oscar Vidal Benitez, age 18, of Gaithersburg.

On April 24 at approximately 10:05 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center was notified by medical personnel at Holy Cross Germantown that an assault victim had been brought to the hospital and had been declared deceased. At the hospital, investigators came into contact with two additional people who were injured during this incident.

Detectives have determined that the assault took place in the parking area of Centerway Park located at 9551 Centerway Road in Montgomery Village.  Investigators have interviewed persons who may have some connection and/or knowledge of this homicide.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this murder to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

 

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Detectives Investigate Theft in Germantown; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect in theft from 7-Eleven

Suspect in theft from 7-Eleven

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit are asking the public for help to identify a suspect who committed a theft from a 7-Eleven convenience store in Germantown.

On April 15, 5th District officers responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 13001 Wisteria Drive for the report of a theft that occurred.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 12:15 a.m., the male suspect entered the store and concealed items in his vest.  The suspect walked out of the store without paying for the items and as he left, stated to the store employee, “take me to court”.

Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the theft suspect and are asking that anyone who recognizes him to please call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6245.

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.

Video of suspect in theft from Germantown 7-Eleven

Video of suspect in theft from Germantown 7-Eleven

 

Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in Two Commercial Burglaries; Photograph Released

Suspect in two commercial burglaries in Silver Spring

Suspect in two commercial burglaries in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate two commercial burglaries that were committed in Silver Spring by the same unknown suspect.   Today, detectives are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On February 11 at approximately 3:00 a.m., the suspect broke the front door glass of the “La Fonda Paisa” restaurant located at 7914 Georgia Avenue and forced entry into the business.  The suspect removed cash from the register and fled from the business.

On April 8 at approximately 3:55 a.m., the suspect broke the front door glass of “The Noon” store located at 7902 Georgia Avenue and removed cash from the register.

Anyone who has information about the suspect or this burglary is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870. 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.

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