MCP Vice Unit Shuts Down Illegal Spa Businesses

During the months of September 2011 through January 2012, the Montgomery County Police – Vice and Intelligence Unit conducted a long-term investigation into a series of alleged prostitution brothels operating in the county under the guise of acupressure and massage establishments.  The investigation had been initiated when detectives noted a dramatic increase in the number of acupressure and massage parlor advertisements in the adult section of internet sites that cater to adult services.  In addition, the Montgomery County Police Department received numerous complaints from residents about the illegal operation of these businesses.  The investigation resulted in four business owners being arrested for involvement in human trafficking and prostitution.  Six such establishments were closed.

In October 2013, the Vice and Intelligence Unit was again alerted to an increased number of suspicious spa advertisements on the Internet and again began receiving resident complaints.  Detectives re-initiated a series of investigations in an attempt to eliminate the unlicensed spas.  These latest investigations have resulted in numerous establishments being closed for a variety of reasons including criminal activities and permitting violations.  Among the establishments that have been closed are:

  • Traditional Wellness – 9867 Main Street in Damascus
  • Green Apple Massage – 350C Christopher Avenue in Gaithersburg
  • Sunshine Day Spa – 615 S. Frederick Avenue, Unit B5 in Gaithersburg
  • Soothing Care Spa – 849C Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg
  • Massage Spring Spa – 11630 Rockville Pike in Rockville
  • Best Spa – 11625 Nebel Street in Rockville
  • Massage Center – 589 West Deer Park Road in Gaithersburg
  • LA Nails – 4928 St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda

Several individuals associated with the above establishments have been charged via district court summons for providing massage therapy without a license.  Other individuals have been charged civilly via the Department of Permitting Services with violations of use and occupancy permits.

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to work with the county’s Department of Licensing, Department of Permitting Services, and Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Maryland Board of Chiropractors, to combat these illegal establishments.

Detectives continue to investigate cases of illegal massage parlors and spas.  Anyone with information about illegal activity at massage businesses and spas in Montgomery County is asked to call the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.

JMS

 

 

Detectives Investigate Residential Robbery in Bethesda

policecarDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a residential robbery that occurred Monday afternoon in Bethesda.

On November 25 at approximately 1:52 p.m., 2nd District patrol officers responded to a residence in the 10500 block of Farnham Drive.  Preliminary investigation determined that two suspects approached the female homeowner at the front door and forced their way into the home.

Once inside, the woman and her husband were both confronted at gunpoint and property was stolen.  A small child was also present during the robbery.  No physical injuries were reported.

The suspects then stole the victim’s Cadillac Escalade which was recovered a short time later at the intersection of Berkshire Drive and Yorkshire Terrace.

The suspects are described as follows:
#1: black male in his 20’s, 5’10” tall, weighing 200 pounds, black ski mask and dark baggy clothing
#2: black male in his 20’s, 6’2″ tall, weighing 190 pounds, thin build, dreadlocks, dark clothing, wool hat, and blue and white scarf, armed with a handgun

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Tips received through Crime Solvers may be eligible for a reward.  Tipsters can submit tips anonymously at our Crime Solvers page.

JMD

 

Concern for Man Missing from Wheaton

LambertDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing from Wheaton.

James Lambert, age 61, is missing from the Randolph Hills Nursing Center at 4011 Randolph Road in Wheaton.  It is believed that he left on foot between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. this morning.  Mr. Lambert is described as a black male, 5’6″ tall and weighing 152 pounds. He has a slight mustache and close cropped hair.  He was last seen wearing the clothes in the attached photograph; a green t-shirt and blue jeans.  Mr. Lambert is without a coat or jacket and has no other clothes with him.

Police are concerned for his welfare as he is need of medication.

Anyone who has seen Mr. Lambert or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.

JMD

Arrest Made in Gaithersburg Homicide

Major CrimesDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have charged a man with First Degree Murder in connection with a homicide that occurred in Gaithersburg on Thursday afternoon.

On November 21 at 2:28 p.m., Michael Kirby Alvarado, age 25, was shot and killed at 438 N. Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.  Based on their investigation, Major Crimes Division detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Friday for a Silver Spring man and information was developed that the suspect was in the Silver Spring area.  Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m., the suspect was arrested as he attempted to flee from a vehicle that detectives stopped.

Detectives have charged Jefferson Daniel Delgado, age 20, of the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring with First Degree Murder.  Police believe that Delgado and Alvarado knew each other although the exact nature of their relationship is still under investigation.  The investigation into other suspects is still ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

A photo of Delgado is not available.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Division detectives at 240-773-5070.  Information can be submitted anonymously at our Crime Solvers page.

JMD