Police Investigate Attempted Murder in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating an attempted murder that occurred earlier this morning in Gaithersburg.

On July 4 at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department and the 6th District as well as Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the 900 block of Curry Ford Lane for the report of a stabbing. First responders located a 22-year-old Gaithersburg man in the parking lot of that address suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to a local trauma center where he remains in grave condition. The suspect fled from the scene.

Investigation by detectives led to the identity of the suspect, a 24-year-old Gaithersburg man. He was located and taken into custody by police this morning and is being interviewed by detectives.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and suspect knew each other and had agreed to meet outside at the Curry Ford Lane address. This meeting escalated and the suspect physically assaulted the victim with a knife.

The investigation is ongoing. Identities will be released once a suspect is formally charged.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.


Update: Driver Identified in Fatal Pedestrian Collision at Soccer Game in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) continue to investigate the fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in the rear parking lot of Eastern Middle School on the evening of July 1.

At the time of the collision, there were three people in the striking vehicle.  On the evening of the investigation, the occupants of the vehicle would not admit who was driving.  On July 2, one of the occupants of the vehicle called police and stated that she was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.  The driver is being identified as Esperanza O. Vasquez, age 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring.  Vasquez does not have a Maryland Driver’s License or Maryland Learner’s Permit.  Investigators are determining whether Vasquez has a valid license from another state.

At the time of the collision, the owner of the striking vehicle was the front passenger of the vehicle.  The owner/front passenger is being identified as Roland B. Delgado-Romero, age 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring.  Delgado-Romero holds a valid Maryland Driver’s License.  A 26-year-old female was a rear passenger in the vehicle.  She is not being identified at this time.  The rear passenger holds a valid Maryland Learner’s Permit.

Further investigation by detectives has revealed that prior to the collision, the vehicle occupant with a Learner’s Permit was practicing her driving skills and driving the vehicle in the parking lot of Eastern Middle School.  The owner of the vehicle, Delgado-Romero, was in the front seat of the vehicle and Vasquez was in the rear seat.  At some point, Vasquez and the occupant with the learner’s permit switched positions and Vasquez became the driver.  Vasquez was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision.

School video surveillance shows that the occupants of the vehicle switched positions prior to the collision.  The video does not capture the collision.  Because this collision is part of an on-going investigation, police will not release the video.

At this time, no charges have been made in this case.  The Collision Reconstruction Unit will consult with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine the appropriate charges in this case.


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Update: Fatal Pedestrian Collision at Soccer Game in Silver Spring

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Burglary Suspects Captured on Home Video Surveillance; Police Need Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a burglary that occurred on May 28 at a residence on Barnesville Road in Boyds.  Home video surveillance captured two suspects and investigators are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

On May 29, a burglary was reported at a residence in the 15000 block of Barnesville Road in Boyds.  Investigation has revealed that on May 28 around noon, the suspects forced entry into the home and stole items.  The suspects also used a baseball bat (seen in surveillance photographs) and stones to damage property and the interior structure of the home.  Some of the damaged items were thrown outside on the ground.  The suspects also forced entry into a vehicle parked at the residence by smashing a vehicle window and rummaged through the glove compartment.

Home surveillance video captured two suspects inside of the home.  Detectives are asking anyone with information about this burglary 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 crime.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.


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MCP Officer Struck By Vehicle on Beltway; Driver Arrested and Charged with DUI

Yesterday at approximately 3:50 p.m., Montgomery County police officers were called to assist Maryland State Troopers with a multi-vehicle collision on the outerloop of Interstate 495 between the Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Avenue exits.  Montgomery County officers responded to the scene and began to help the Troopers.  As a Montgomery County police officer was directing traffic at the collision, a Hyundai veered out of the channeled lane and into a lane closed off to vehicles, striking the officer.  There was a confrontation between the officer and the driver.  Fire & Rescue personnel led the officer to an ambulance for treatment.  The officer was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The driver of the vehicle, who is identified as Reginald Eugene Taylor, age 58, of the 2200 block of E Biddle Street in Baltimore, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Taylor was also issued a traffic citation for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.  Taylor provided a breath sample upon arrest that indicated a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of (.22).  Taylor was released after processing at a district station.

The officer is being identified as Francis McDonough, a 20-year-veteran of the department.  The Department is reviewing the circumstances of this incident.


Note: There is no mugshot available of Taylor.


Concern for missing Burtonsville Juvenile

Detectives from the CHISLEY, ShawnMontgomery County Police- Family Crimes Division are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a juvenile missing from Burtonsville.

Shawn Chisley, age 15, of Tapestry Circle in Burtonsville, was last seen on June 12. Chisley is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair.

Police and family are concerned for Chisley’s physical and mental well-being.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shawn Chisley is asked to contact the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hour line). Callers may remain anonymous.