Suspect Wanted for Armed Robbery of 7-Eleven

RonzellHunterDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for an armed robbery that occurred in Gaithersburg.

On March 7, at approximately 11:31 p.m., 6th District officers and Gaithersburg Police officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 418 Allied Place for a report of a robbery that had just occurred.  Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun.  The suspect vaulted the counter and ordered a store employee to open the register.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, again vaulted the counter, and fled from the store.

Through further investigation, detectives developed Ronzell Fonte Hunter, age 24, of an unknown address as the suspect in this robbery.  On March 13, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Hunter charging him with one count of armed robbery.  Since that time, detectives have been unable to locate Hunter and are now asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hunter is asked to contact 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 the arrest and/or indictment of Ronzell Hunter.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.


Suspect Arrested for Laughlin Lane Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Major Crimes Division have arrested Tavon Antonio Miles, age 26, of theRecruitmentVideo 19600 block of Framingham Drive in Gaithersburg, with the homicide of Marc St. Aubin that occurred on March 3.

On March 3 at approximately 10:30 p.m., 4th District officers responded to a residence in the 15800 block of Laughlin Lane for the report of a shooting. Arriving officers found an adult male deceased in the driveway.  The victim was identified as Marc St. Aubin, age 23, of that residence.  An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.  The victim had blunt force injuries and a stab wound.  A holster was located along the small of the victim’s back.  That handgun has not been recovered.

Witnesses inside of the home at the time of the incident spoke with detectives.  These witnesses stated that numerous armed suspects entered the residence.  A struggle ensued, gunshots were heard, and the victim was injured.  Some witnesses assisted in bringing the victim to a car in the driveway so that he could be driven to the hospital.  Other witnesses began to remove items from the house, to include guns, a safe, and suspected marijuana.  Officers recovered bullets from inside the home.

Shortly after arriving on scene, officers were notified of an adult male who was dropped off at a nearby hospital. He was reportedly suffering from gunshot wounds.  That male was identified as Tavon Miles.  A bullet recovered from Miles’ clothing during medical treatment was compared to the bullets recovered from inside the home.  The comparison revealed that all of the recovered projectiles were of the same caliber and fired from the same gun.  The victim had a gun of that caliber registered through Maryland.

Tavon Miles was charged on the evening of March 22 with first degree murder, first degree burglary, and armed robbery.  He is being held without bond.

Detectives continue to investigate this homicide and are working to identify other suspects in this case.  Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this homicide to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.



Tavon Miles

Photograph added on 3/24/14


Suspect Arrested for Attempted Residential Burglary in Chevy Chase

MuschetteMichaelOfficers from the 2nd District have arrested a suspect for an attempted residential burglary that occurred this morning in Chevy Chase.

This morning, at approximately 11:39 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 4200 block of East West Highway for a report of an attempted burglary.  Responding officers learned that two male suspects had opened the rear screen door of the residence when the housekeeper, who was inside of the residence, observed them.  The two suspects fled on foot toward a trail at the rear of the residence.

A lookout was placed for the two suspects and additional responding officers located the two suspects coming off of the trail in the 4200 block of Oakridge Avenue.  The two suspects fled from the officers and a foot pursuit ensued, during which the two suspects split up.  A short time later, two officers, one off-duty, observed one of the suspects in the area of Wisconsin Avenue and Hampden Lane.  The suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Keith Muschette, age 20, of the 600 block of Morton Street in Washington, D.C.  He has been charged with first degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.  Bond information for Muschette is unavailable at this time.


Suspect Cited for Aggressive Panhandling, Other Offenses

As warmer weather approaches, Montgomery County residents may see an increase in the number of panhandlers in the intersections of the roadways.  Residents are reminded that panhandling is not safe and, ultimately, does not help the person who is panhandling.  In fact, panhandling often leads to complaints by residents regarding the conduct of the panhandlers as well as other criminal violations committed by the panhandler.

One recent example of this occurred when members of the 4th District Community Action Team cited a suspect for committing several quality of life violations.  Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Edward Leon Hayes, age 51, of the 4800 block of Waltonshire Circle in Olney, panhandling in the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Randolph Road.  Hayes was observed knocking on the window of a vehicle while it was waiting in the turn lanes of New Hampshire Avenue in an attempt to solicit money from the driver.

Hayes then walked across the intersection to an adjacent beer store.  While in the parking lot of the store, Hayes threw a cigarette butt on to the ground rather than disposing of it in a trash receptacle.  Hayes then entered, made a purchase, and exited the store.  Upon exiting the store, he walked to the parking lot of the Giant food store and began consuming the alcoholic beverage that he had purchased.  As officers were about to stop Hayes to speak with him about his conduct, Hayes began to urinate in the parking in view of the public.

Based on the above, Hayes was charged via Maryland criminal citations for aggressive panhandling, littering, possession of an open container of alcohol adjacent to a retail establishment, and urinating in public.

No photo of Hayes is available as he was charged via criminal citation.

Residents of Montgomery County are reminded of the ongoing panhandling campaign that encourages residents to give a hand up, not a handout.  Read more about Montgomery County’s panhandling campaign here.


Update: Arrest Warrant Obtained for Suspect in Chevy Chase Carjacking

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are continuing to investigate a carjacking that occurred in Chevy Chase on March 13.

On March 15, at approximately 3:05 a.m., Montgomery County detectives were notified that US Park Police officers had been involved in a pursuit involving the stolen vehicle and a shooting involving the five occupants of the vehicle near the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast, D.C.  Montgomery County detectives responded to Washington, D.C. and determined that the vehicle involved in the incident with US Park Police was the same vehicle that was carjacked on March 13 in Chevy Chase.

Further investigation revealed that one of the occupants of the vehicle was the suspect responsible for the carjacking on March 13.  The suspect has been identified as David Joel Sutton, age 18, of the 1700 block of Montana Avenue in Northeast, Washington, D.C.  Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Sutton charging him with armed carjacking, carjacking, first degree assault, armed robbery, the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent felony, and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Sutton is currently in the custody of the U.S. Park Police pending criminal charges in Washington, D.C.  A photo of Sutton is not available at this time.

Investigation into the other occupants of the vehicle in connection with Montgomery County carjacking continues.