Officer Jeremy Wojdan Honored as American Legion Department of Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

On July 17th, Officer Jeremy Wojdan of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th District, was honored during the American Legion-Department of Maryland’s annual convention in Ocean City. Officer Wojdan was recognized by the American Legion-Department of Maryland as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This award is presented to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service, both on and off duty, that goes above and beyond assigned duty requirements. He was nominated for this award by his Commander, Captain David Gillespie.

Officer Wojdan is a 12-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the 5th District. He has served half of his career as a School Resource Officer (SRO). In his position as an SRO, Officer Wojdan mentors students, provides encouragement, keeps the school safe and works with youth to help them make positive choices in tough times and limit risky behaviors.

In the Fall of 2013, Officer Wojdan helped close an attempted murder case, a crime trend that closed approximately 60 burglary cases, 80 theft from vehicle cases and helped recover approximately 12 stolen autos. He has made several significant drug arrests and in one case, he arrested a juvenile and his supplier with over three-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.

Commander Gillespie says of Officer Wojdan, ” Jeremy is an exemplary police officer who dedicates himself to keeping the community and schools safe. He is equally invested in serving the youth in our community and making a difference in their lives. Jeremy has earned the trust of students, school administrators and the community alike. I could not be more proud of the work that Jeremy does on a regular basis.  I also want to thank Bill Green and the members of the Damascus American legion Post #171 for recognizing Jeremy for his outstanding service.”

 

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Update: Four Suspects Arrested for June Robbery/Kidnapping Incident

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have been investigating allegations that were made on June 26, 2014, by two victims about an armed robbery and kidnapping in the Calverton area of Silver Spring.

Two suspects were charged on July 7, one on July 9 and the fourth suspect was charged on July 10. The defendants are: Steven Allen Graham, age 42, of the 800 block of Darien Place in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, (7/7/14); Vusumuzi Mchunu, age 39, of the 14700 block of 4th Street in Laurel (7/7/14); Anthony Allen Graham, age 46, of the 1100 block of F Street in Washington, D.C., (7/9/14); and Nikita Kenyatta Corey, age 38, of the 12000 block of Brichview Drive in Clinton, Maryland, (7/10/14).

All four were charged with two counts of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and false imprisonment. They were also charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, theft of $1,000 to under $10,000 and theft of $10,000 to under $100,000.

On June 26, 2014 at approximately 11:04 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Bank of America located at 11499 Columbia Pike, and then to the Courtyard Marriott located at 12521 Prosperity Drive in Silver Spring to investigate the report of a robbery. The preliminary details of this incident which involved the armed theft of cash from one adult male victim from Washington, D.C., who was held against his will in his hotel room, and a second adult male victim from Takoma Park, Maryland, who was driven against his will to an area bank to obtain additional cash, can be found in the original June 26 press release.

The investigation revealed that suspect Mchunu drove to the Maryland Live Casino located at 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, Maryland, on June 25, because he was owed money by victim 1 and knew that victim 1 planned to go to the casino that night. Mchunu then called Corey, and S. and A. Graham to help him collect his debt. All four suspects waited until the victim left the casino, and followed him to the Marriott. Corey and S. Graham also followed him into the Marriott hotel and onto the elevator. Those two suspects observed which room the victim entered. Approximately three hours later, victim 1 heard a knock at his door (as mentioned in the previous press release). A fifth still-unidentified suspect, S. and A. Graham and Mchunu entered the room. Suspect 5 pointed a gun at the victim, threatened his life and ordered him to the floor. It was later confirmed that Suspect 5 fled from the room at that time and had no further involvement in the incident. Mchunu learned that the victim had cash in his vehicle. He went out to the vehicle and obtained $6,500.

S. Graham, armed with a handgun, demanded more cash. Victim 1 called his friend (victim 2). It is believed that Corey drove victim 2 to the Bank of America on Columbia Pike, with S. Graham and Mchunu in the back seat. Victim 2 passed a note to the teller to instruct her to call police, which she did. S. Graham became suspicious when he saw the teller on the phone and called A. Graham back at the hotel. He told him to flee from the hotel room. After A. Graham fled, victim 1 went to a Home Depot located at 2300 Broadbirch Drive and called police.

Steven Graham is being held on a no-bond status. Anthony Graham and Nikita Corey are held on $250,000 bonds. Vusumuzi Mchunu paid his $10,000 bond and was released.

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Visumuzi Mchunu

Visumuzi Mchunu

Steven Graham

Steven Graham

 

Nikita Corey

Nikita Corey

Anthony A. Graham

Anthony A. Graham

July 11 Collision Now Fatal

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a now-fatal collision that occurred earlier in July.

On July 11 at approximately 11:43 a.m., 5th District officers responded to a personal injury collision on Peach Tree Road at Barnesville Road.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1995 Dodge Neon was traveling north on Peach Tree Road. A 2014 Toyota SUV traveling on Barnesville Road was attempting to cross Peach Tree Road when the two cars collided.

The driver of the Dodge Neon was transported to the hospital for apparent non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital.  On July 13, the driver died at his residence.  He is being identified as William Collins, age 82, of the 19700 block of White Ground Road in Boyds.  His official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy by the The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

The driver of the Toyota SUV is being identified as Floridalma Villianatos, age 65, of the 13100 block of Commodore Lane in Clarksburg.  The driver and back-seat passenger of the Toyota SUV were not injured and the vehicle was not towed.

 

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Detectives Investigate Undetermined Sudden Death

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who was transported for treatment to an area hospital after swimming and diving at an area pool.

On July 22, at approximately 2:39 p.m., Rockville City and 1st District officers, along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the Rockville Swim Center located at 355 Martins Lane for the report of a possible drowning.

The investigation revealed that Stephanie Benitez from the 1700 block of Gunther Avenue in Rockville, had jumped from the diving board into the deep end of the pool and swam to a nearby ladder. When she reached the ladder, she did not have the strength to pull herself out of the water and began making what were described as unusual movements.

Lifeguards were immediately alerted and pulled the victim from the pool. They began treatment, but the victim was unresponsive and remained unconscious. She was flown to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased later that night.

No foul play is suspected. The cause of death remains undetermined pending the results of an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

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Concern for Missing Silver Spring Teen

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigation Division are asking the public for help to locate a missing Silver Spring teen.

Cinthia Paola Sabillon-Juarez, age 13, was last seen leaving her residence in the 7900 block of Garland Avenue on July 17, 2014. She is described as an Hispanic female, 5’ tall, weighing 92 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She has a scar on her right ankle. Sabillon-Juarez was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Police and family are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Cinthia Paola Sabillon-Juarez is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigation Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs).

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Cinthia Paula Sabillon-Juarez

Cinthia Paula Sabillon-Juarez

2nd photo of Cinthia

2nd photo of Cinthia