Edgewater Man Arrested for Sex Offenses

Benjamin Cano

Benjamin Cano

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Family Crimes Division have arrested an Edgewater man for several sex offenses that occurred at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring.

On May 17, detectives from the Family Crimes Division received information from an administrator at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School that two students at the school had been inappropriately touched by their teacher.  The teacher was identified as Benjamin Robert Cano, age 33, of the 200 block of Night Haven Court in Edgewater, Maryland.

Between May 20 and May 23, detectives met with the two 11-year-old female victims who stated that they had been inappropriately touched by Cano.  The two females also disclosed that a third student, a 12-year-old female, had also been inappropriately touched by Cano.

Further investigation revealed that between August 2012 and May 2013, Cano had touched all three victims inappropriately at the school during school hours.

Based on the above information, an arrest warrant was obtained for Cano.  This morning, Cano was arrested on the strength of the warrant and charged with 3 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and 3 counts of committing a 3rd degree sex offense.  Bond information is unavailable at this time.

Detectives believe that there may be additional students that may have been victims of inappropriate touching by Cano.  Parents are urged to speak with their children who may have been in the presence of Cano and to contact police should any inappropriate conduct be disclosed by their children.  Detectives can be reached at 240-773-5400.


Police Investigate Accidental Death

This afternoon, Montgomery County Police, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Fire Rescue units responded for the report of an injured person near the Rock Creek Trail in the area of the 9200 block of Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase.  When officers arrived, they located a male in his teens who was deceased.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was riding a bicycle on one of the side trails off of the main Rock Creek Trail when a tree fell and struck him.

This area encountered severe storms during the previous afternoon and evening and investigators believe that the storms may be a factor in his death.

The victim is identified as Joshua Davis, age 15, of Chevy Chase.  Joshua was reported missing by his parents last night after he failed to return from a bike ride.  Search efforts conducted last night were unsuccessful.

This incident remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.


Detectives Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Etchison Man

GraumanMarkDetectives from the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man missing from Etchison.

Mark Andrew Grauman, age 28, of the 24500 block of Etchison Drive in Gaithersburg, was reported missing last night at approximately 7:40 p.m.  He was last seen at his residence at approximately 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Grauman is described as a white male, 5’6″ tall, and weighing approximately 135 pounds.  He has short, dark hair and was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt.  Grauman does not have his wallet with him and is believed to be on foot.

Police and family are concerned for Grauman’s welfare due to his mental well-being and the belief that he may be suicidal.

Anyone with any information regarding Grauman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.


Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Darnestown Road

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred late Monday night on Darnestown Road near Bucklodge Road.

Last night, at approximately 9:41 p.m., 1st District officers responded to the area of Darnestown Road west of Bucklodge Road for a report of a serious personal injury collision.   Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2008 Hyundai Elantra was traveling west on Darnestown Road when it went through standing water on the roadway.  The operator of the vehicle lost control, crossed the eastbound lane of Darnestown Road, and struck a tree.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as Frances Cooke D’Anna, age 52, of Poolesville was transported to a local area hospital where she died from her injuries.  Her daughter, Lindsey Claire D’Anna, age 18, also of Poolesville, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.