Suspect Wanted for Fraud in Montgomery County Arrested in Tennessee

Gregory Dutton

This morning, authorities in Williams County, Tennessee, arrested a John Martin Hill, on an outstanding warrant from Alpharetta, Georgia.  Further investigation of Hill uncovered that he had an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County under the name of Gregory Davis Dutton.

Back in August of 2017, it was reported that Dutton had met a woman on a dating website and began a relationship with her in April 2017.  Dutton borrowed approximately $4,500 dollars from the victim under the false pretense that he was attending law school and needed the money to take a bar exam.  Dutton later wrote a check to repay the debt in June of 2017.  The check was returned for insufficient funds.  Shortly after the victim was notified of the bad check, Dutton disappeared and cut off all ties with the victim.  The victim also was notified that Dutton had applied for financing on a new car using the victim’s name and personal information.  Several other attempts were made to obtain financing at other institutions using the victim’s information.

In December of 2017, it was discovered that Dutton was stopped by University of Maryland Police for driving a 2017 Acura IXL with a stolen license plate from South Carolina.  It was found at that time Dutton had an additional alias of Gregory William Hill and had an outstanding arrest warrant for fraud from the Delaware State Police.  Detectives from Montgomery County assisted the University of Maryland Police and found that Dutton had purchased the Acura by writing a bad check to an Acura dealership in Chevy Chase.  A warrant was obtained by Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit for the arrest of Dutton for fraud in March of 2018.

In April of 2018, Dutton was arrested on the outstanding warrant in Washington, DC.  Dutton was subsequently extradited to Montgomery County for prosecution.  Dutton was able to post bond and then disappeared again, forfeiting his bond amount.

Dutton is currently in custody in Tennessee on his outstanding warrants.  Dutton will be extradited back to Montgomery County after joint consultation with the various jurisdictions up and down the east coast who had warrants outstanding for Dutton’s arrest.

Anyone who was victimized by Dutton or anyone with further information regarding Dutton (or any alias he may have been acting under) should contact the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6726.

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Detectives Investigate White Oak Convenience Store Armed Robbery; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed an armed robbery at the M&BZ Convenience Mart inside The Enclave Silver Spring Apartments in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the April 27 armed robbery of a convenience store in White Oak. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, April 27th at approximately 11:54 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the M&BZ Convenience Mart inside The Enclave Silver Spring Apartments, located at 11235 Oak Leaf Drive for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the store, displayed a weapon, and confronted the adult female clerk who was behind the counter. The suspect threatened the clerk and demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect stole currency and then fled.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed 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.

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Statement Regarding May 14th County Council Letter

We understand and appreciate the concerns regarding the recent incident in White Oak expressed by members of the County Council in their May 14th letter to the Department.

The Department values openness and transparency in its interactions with the public, and this event is no exception.  From the moment we became aware of this concerning incident, the Department immediately initiated an Internal Affairs investigation into the event and all employees involved on the same day it occurred.  We understand the importance of this matter and how it impacts our credibility and relationships with the community.  We also understand the pain and deep concern this incident has caused to so many people.

The Department has been gathering further information and data as well as evaluating training and policies as the investigation and review of the incident proceeds.

The requests for information by members of the Council and others, while not routine, will be handled consistent with laws and policies applicable to the release of information.

There have also been questions and comments regarding the status of the investigation of the officers involved. In accordance with Maryland law, including the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, as well as our local collective bargaining agreement, the Department is conducting a full, thorough and fair investigation of the incident.

We will release more information as it is developed and confirmed.

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Suspect Arrested for Taking Upskirt Photos and Videos of Women in Downtown Silver Spring Mall

Abdul Muhammad

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police’s Third District have arrested and charged Abdul Muhammad, age 27, of an unconfirmed address with charges related to Muhammad taking upskirt photographs and videos at a mall in Downtown Silver Spring.

On Friday, May 10 at approximately 12:47 p.m., 3rd District officers assigned to the Central Business District area of Downtown Silver Spring were notified by security personnel at the Ellsworth Place mall located at 8661 Colesville Road, that a suspect was using a device to take photographs and videos up women’s skirts as they rode the escalator inside the mall.

On Saturday, May 11, Ellsworth Place mall security personnel were notified by a resident that a suspect was inside the mall and was taking upskirt photographs and videos of women as they rode the escalators and walked up the stairs in the mall.  A review of surveillance video determined that this suspect was the same suspect from the previous day.

On Wednesday, May 15, Central Business District officers, working in partnership with Ellsworth Place mall security personnel, monitored the escalators inside the mall for the suspect.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., mall security personnel observed the suspect inside the mall.   Officers stopped the suspect and he refused to identify himself to the police.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the 3rd District Station where he was subsequently identified as Muhammad.

A review of surveillance video from the previous incidents inside the mall identified four women that Muhammad had approached from behind and then surreptitiously photographed and videotaped under the victim’s skirt.

Muhammad was transported to the Central Processing Facility (CPU) where he was charged with four counts of using a camera (for prurient intent) to conduct visual surveillance of the private area of the victims without their consent.   Muhammad was also charged with refusing to identify himself to the officers.  He was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

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Suspect Arrested in Silver Spring Homicide

Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division, have arrested Oscar Danilo Manzano-Mora, age 23, for the homicide of Edras Armando Munoz, that occurred on May 8, 2019 in front of 8528 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  Manzano-Mora has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.

On Wednesday, May 8 at approximately 10:55 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a shopping center located at 8528 Piney Branch Road for the report of a dispute in the parking lot.  During the dispute Manzano-Mora stabbed Munoz.  Responding officers located Munoz in the parking lot of the shopping center suffering from a stab wound to his body.   Munoz was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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