UPDATE: Robbery Suspect Arrested

Wanda D. Battle, age 45, of Suitland, Maryland, has been arrested on the strength of a warrant for committing three violent armed robberies in 2011 and 2012 in Montgomery County.  She is charged with three counts of armed robbery and three counts of first degree assault.

During this robbery investigation, Battle’s two co-conspirators were identified, arrested, and convicted of these crimes.  Battle was not located by police and a warrant was issued for her arrest.  Montgomery County Police- Major Crimes detectives asked for the public’s assistance in locating Battle.  Investigators received a tip regarding her whereabouts and on January 9, she was arrested outside of a residence in Suitland, Maryland.  She was transported to the Central Processing Unit in Rockville and was released on bond.

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Wanda D. Battle

Wanda D. Battle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detectives Investigate Gas Station Robbery in Silver Spring; Photos Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division have been investigating an armed robbery of a gas station that occurred in November 2013.

On November 14, at approximately 2:42 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Exxon gas station located at 8301 Fenton Street for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Investigation revealed that one suspect entered the gas station, looked around the store for a short time, and exited the store without purchasing anything.  A short time later, the suspect re-entered the store accompanied by two additional suspects.

The first suspect and the third suspect displayed handguns and demanded that the two gas station cashiers open the cash registers and the safe.  Two of the suspects then obtained money from the cash registers while the third suspect obtained cash from the safe.  All three suspects then exited the store and entered a white GMC vehicle.

Suspect one is described as a black male, 5’9″ tall, and weighing approximately 175 pounds.  He was wearing a gray sweatsuit, black shoes, and a brown hat.  Suspect two is described as a black male, 5’9″ tall, and weighing approximately 180 pounds.  He was wearing a gray hoodie, gray New Balance sneakers, a black mask, and black gloves.  He was also wearing a reflective neon green or yellow traffic vest over his clothing.  Suspect three is described as a black male, 5’9″ tall, and weighing approximately 180 pounds.  He was wearing black or brown shoes with red laces, a black mask, and black gloves.  He was also wearing a reflective neon green or yellow traffic vest with an orange stripe over his clothing.

Today, detectives are releasing photos of the suspects and of the vehicle that the suspects entered when fleeing from the gas station.  Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects or the vehicle involved in this robbery is asked to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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.

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Detectives Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Woman

QueenDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from the Gaithersburg area.

Betty Jean Queen, age 68, of the unit block of Orchard Road in Gaithersburg, was last seen on December 29 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.  She has not been in contact with her family or her roommates since December 28.

Queen is described as a black female, 5’3″ tall, and weighing approximately 100 pounds.  She has black and gray hair and brown eyes.  It is unknown what type of clothing she may be wearing.

Police and family are concerned for Queen’s mental well-being.  She is prescribed medications which she is not taking.

Queen is known to frequent the Wheaton and Silver Spring areas.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Queen is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number 301-279-8000.

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Detectives Investigate Drowning in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a drowning that occurred last evening in Gaithersburg.

At approximately 4:16 p.m., 6th District officers and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to a pond located in the area of Diamondback Drive and Reprise Drive for a report of three children stuck on and in the pond.  Upon arriving, two of the children were immediately rescued by Fire/Rescue; however, the third child had fallen through the ice and went under the water.  After approximately 25 minutes in the water, the third child was rescued.

Two of the children were treated at the hospital and released.  The third child was transported to the hospital but did not survive.

The third child has been identified as D’Angelo McMullen, age 10, of the 10100 block of Reprise Drive in Rockville.

 

4:49 p.m.  Statement from family of D’Angelo McMullen:

We would like to thank all of our family, friends, and the community for their support during this difficult time.  Please respect our privacy while our family grieves the loss of our very special child.”

Photo courtesy of family.

Photo courtesy of family.

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