Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Old Columbia Pike

LightBar2012Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Old Columbia Pike early this morning.

On December 28 at 2:40 a.m., 3rd District patrol officers responded to a collision in the 11700 block of Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring. Upon arrival, officers observed a red 2003 Infiniti G35 and a gray 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe involved in a head-on collision.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Old Columbia Pike.  The Infiniti was traveling northbound on Old Columbia Pike and crossed the center line into the southbound traffic.  The Infiniti and Chevrolet collided head-on in the southbound lanes.

The front passenger of the Infiniti was pronounced deceased at the scene.  He is identified as Oscar Alexander Orellana, age 18, of the 2400 block of Sheraton Street in Wheaton.

The driver of the Infiniti and a rear passenger were both transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Infiniti is identified as Cristian Omar Vargas, age 19, of the 3100 block of Medway Street in Wheaton.  The rear passenger is identified as Kyle Robinson, age 23, the 10700 block of Shaftsbury Street in Kensington.

The driver of the Tahoe is identified as Edwin Alexander Rivera, age 25, of the 8100 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.  He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators are looking at whether alcohol and seat belt usage may have been factors but the circumstances of this collision remain under investigation.   No charges have been placed at this time.  Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.

JMD

Detectives Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Silver Spring Man

navarreteDetectives from the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Silver Spring man.

Edwin Alexander Navarrete, age 19, of the 9400 block of Avenel Road in Silver Spring, was last seen at his residence on Thursday, December 26 at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Mr. Navarrete is described as a Hispanic male, 6’2” tall and weighing 240 pounds.  He has dark hair and was last seen wearing a black tee shirt and black sweatpants.

Police and family members are concerned for his welfare because Mr. Navarrete suffers from a mental disorder and is not taking his prescribed medication.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Navarrete or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

JMD

Detectives Investigate Bank Robbery in Potomac; Photos Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Saturday in Potomac.

On December 21, at approximately 2:59 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the M&T Bank located at 10100 River Road for a robbery that had just occurred.  Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank, approached the teller, and produced a note announcing a robbery.  The suspect implied that he had a gun but a weapon was not seen.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot into the shopping center.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5’5″ to 5’8″ tall, and weighing 130 to 150 pounds.  He was wearing a black hat, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, and black pants.

Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photos of the suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this robbery or the suspect involved to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  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 felony crime.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

JMS

Police Ask for Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Silver Spring Woman

TamreDetectives from the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from Silver Spring.

Harmela Yidnekachew Tamre, age 25, of the 12400 block of La Plata Street in Silver Spring was last seen on Sunday, December 22 at approximately 3:00 p.m.  She is described as a black female with long black hair, 5’1″ tall and weighing 115 pounds.  She was last seen wearing scrubs (unknown color) and black shoes.

Ms. Tamre is operating a 2000 Toyota Camry, white in color, with Maryland registration 2EFC92.

Police and family members are concerned for her welfare and her mental well-being.

Anyone with information about Ms. Tamre, her vehicle, or her whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

JMD