Detectives Warn of Police Impersonator; Determining if There Are Other Victims

Philip Ross

On Monday, June 12, 6th District police officers arrested an individual for impersonating a police officer after he activated emergency lights on his vehicle, in an effort to make other drivers get out of his way. Information is now being gathered by detectives to determine if he had any personal encounters with the public where he presented himself as a legitimate member of a law enforcement agency.

At approximately 4 p.m. on June 12, 4th District Police Commander Laura Lanham was driving her unmarked police vehicle on the Intercounty Connector (ICC, MD200) in a westbound direction just past Georgia Avenue.

She observed a white Ford Crown Victoria activating its emergency white and red lights and vehicles in the roadway, moving out of its way. The commander noted that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was making unsafe lane changes.

Commander Lanham conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle at Muncaster Mill Road and Shady Grove Road. As she approached the driver, he presented a metal badge and “Special Agent” Identification.

Based on the on-scene investigation, the driver, Philip Jonathan Ross, age 19, from Old Hundred Road in Dickerson, Maryland, was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and traffic citations pertinent to his driving offenses.

Detectives want to determine if anyone has had a personal encounter with Ross presenting himself as a member of law enforcement. Anyone who believes that they may have had an encounter with the impersonator is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.                                            # # #

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Update: Two Additional Suspects Arrested for May 28 Homicide in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of Sulaiman Jalloh, age 24, from the 10700 block of Begonia Lane in Bowie, that occurred on Sunday, May 28, outside the Days Inn located at 8040 13th Street in Silver Spring.

On May 29, detectives announced the arrests of two individuals Ruben Ortiz and Shanee Collette Cox, and that they were looking for additional suspects.

The brother of Ruben Ortiz was developed as a suspect, a warrant was obtained, and he was arrested on June 11. Antonio Ortiz, age 22, of the 1900 block of Rosemary Hills Drive in Silver Spring was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. He is currently being held without bond.

Through the course of the investigation James Polk Jackson, age 23, of an unconfirmed address, was also developed as a suspect. He was arrested in Alexandria on Wednesday, June 14 and charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. After extradition back to Montgomery County, he is also currently being held without bond.

The investigation developed that prior to the fatal assault, Jalloh and his friends had been approached by Ruben Ortiz and Cox on May 27 at the Silver Spring Metro Station. Ruben Ortiz and Cox offered to sell Jalloh marijuana and they agreed to meet in front of the Days Inn for the transaction. The two groups met just after 11 p.m., but instead of purchasing marijuana, Jalloh’s group robbed Ruben Ortiz of cash and his shoes.

Later, Ruben Ortiz and his small group went to Jalloh’s Days Inn room and demanded the return of the shoes and cash. The cash and shoes were returned.

Just before 2:30 a.m., Jalloh left his room and walked to the parking lot of the Days Inn. There he was assaulted by a group which included Ruben Ortiz, Cox, Antonio Ortiz and Jackson. During that assault, Jalloh was beaten, stabbed, and robbed.

After the assault, Jalloh went back to his hotel room and police were called. Jalloh was transported to and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Detectives continue to work toward identifying additional suspects in this case.
Anyone with information in reference to this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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James Polk Jackson

Antonio Ortiz

Detectives Investigate Possible Drowning in a Gaithersburg Lake

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a possible drowning in a Gaithersburg lake.

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:08 p.m., 6th District officers responded to Maple Lake (near Washington Grove Lane) in Gaithersburg, after a groundskeeper located personal belongings near the lake.

The Department requested the assistance of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue to search the pond.  Howard County Fire and Rescue, the Montgomery County Police Managed Search Operations Team, and Gaithersburg City Police officers assisted with this search.  Rescue personnel found and recovered a body in the water.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no indication of foul play in this death.  The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore will determine the cause of death and assist in confirming the identity of this person.  The Department will release this information once the Medical Examiner’s Office findings are complete.

The Department did not receive any calls regarding a person entering the water at this location and investigators have not located any potential witnesses to this possible drowning.  Anyone with information about this death is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Update: Three Suspects Arrested for the June 5 Double Homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov

On the night of Saturday, June 17, Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger announced the arrests of three suspects responsible for the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5, while the victims were inside a blue Honda Civic parked in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village.

Earlier on June 17, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, age 24, of the 100 block of Lamont Lane in Gaithersburg, Roger Garcia, age 19, of the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, age 25, of the 18400 block of Cape Jasmine Way in Gaithersburg, were arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Involvement from members of the community helped facilitate this investigation, which led to today’s arrests.

During the investigation it was learned from a friend of Najjar’s that Najjar had committed a drug-related robbery in December of 2016 or January of 2017, where it was rumored that he had stolen drugs from a female during a drug transaction.

It was also learned from the same friend that just prior to this death, Najjar told the friend that he was planning to sell a graduation ticket to an individual named Roger Garcia. That was the last communication Najjar had prior to his death. It occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Detectives developed that Roger Garcia’s brother, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, was shot on February 10, 2017 during a botched drug deal, also in Montgomery Village. Garcia-Gaona was reported to have been carrying a weapon and did exchange gunshots with his assailants.

A friend of Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Jose Canales-Yanez, was determined to be the boyfriend (now possibly husband) of Kara Yanez. Kara Yanez is believed to be the victim of the rumored drug-related robbery committed by Najjar. In a report filed by Kara Yanez on December 14, 2016, Yanez stated that she was approached by a blue Honda Civic while she was walking, and a front-seat passenger grabbed her Apple iPad. She was dragged by the car for approximately 50 feet.

The developing motive for the shooting is that it was in retaliation for Najjar’s robbery of Kara Yanez. At this time, it is unknown if there was a motive for the killing of Ziberov, or if his death was incidental to the killing of Najjar.

“Although detectives have made these three arrests, this by no means should be interpreted that the investigation has concluded,” said Chief Manger. “These most recent developments are the result of the community taking an active role in this investigation. It is believed that, considering the progress made over the past 36 hours, there are additional sources of information who have yet to come forward.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those wishing to remain anonymous, may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, which is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to additional arrests and indictments. Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

All three suspects arrested on June 17, are being held without bond. They are currently scheduled to have bail review hearings on Monday, June 19 at 1 p.m.

Previous Press Releases:

Detectives Investigate Double Homicide in Montgomery Village

Update: Victims’ Identities Released in Montgomery Village Homicide; Detectives Request Community Assistance

Update: Major Crimes Detectives Continue to Investigate Double Homicide; Urging Those With Information to Call Police

Edgar Garcia-Gaona

Roger Garcia

Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez

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Media Advisory: Chief Manger and Major Crimes Division Detectives Announce Arrests for the June 5 Double Homicide of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov

WHAT:

Press Conference to announce the arrests of the persons developed as responsible for the double homicide of the two Northwest High School students, 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem S. Ziberov that occurred on June 5 in Montgomery Village.

WHEN:

Tonight, Saturday, June 17 at 10:30
No further details of these arrests can be confirmed prior to the press conference.

Members of the Media are asked to arrive early enough to allow time for the security check-in process and escort to lower level.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

SPEAKERS:

Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger
Director of the Major Crimes Division Captain Darren Francke

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