Man Charged for Inappropriate Touching of Juvenile Victims

Ancelmo Osmin Diaz

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Ancelmo Osmin Diaz, age 59, of Longmeadow Drive in Gaithersburg, with assault and sexual offenses related to his repeated inappropriate touching of three victims.  Two of the victims are juveniles.

Investigators are releasing this information due to Diaz’s employment as a building services employee at Gaithersburg High School located at 101 Education Boulevard in Gaithersburg.

On Wednesday, May 2, detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) received information from one juvenile victim that Diaz has inappropriately touched her for approximately three years.  Investigators then interviewed another juvenile victim who stated that Diaz has inappropriately touched her for five years.  Detectives interviewed the adult victim who stated that Diaz had inappropriately touched her when she was 18-years-old.  Investigators believe that all of Diaz’s inappropriate touching of the victims occurred in his residence.

During a police interview, Diaz made statements partially admitting to the inappropriate touching of the victims.

On May 3, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Diaz charging him with six counts of sexual abuse of a minor, seven counts of fourth-degree sex offense, and one count of second-degree assault.

On May 8, Diaz was arrested at his home by a Gaithersburg Police Department officer and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. Bond information for Diaz is not available at this time.

Detectives are requesting that parents of juveniles who attend Gaithersburg High School talk to their children about possible interactions with Diaz and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect Who Defrauded Bank of $36,000; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Financial Crimes Section continue to investigate a bank fraud incident that occurred in February of 2018.  Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the female suspect and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying her.

The investigation by detectives determined that on February 2, 2018, the suspect, who identified herself as “Ashley Jones”, obtained a Domestic LLC license from the State of Maryland in the name of Southern Botanical LLC.    That same day, the suspect used a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license to open a business account in the name of Southern Botanical LLC at the Bank of America located at 15215 Shady Grove Road in Rockville.   The suspect deposited two fraudulent checks totaling over $36,000 into that account and withdrew the money prior to the checks being returned as fraudulent.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of these suspects.  Call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Suspect who defrauded bank of $36,000

Suspect who defrauded bank of $36,000

Suspect who defrauded bank of $36,000

Suspect who defrauded bank of $36,000

Suspect who defrauded bank of $36,000

Detectives Investigate Triple Homicide in Brookeville; Suspect Deceased

On Monday, May 7, at approximately 3:44 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for a possible domestic situation involving a person with a gun in the 22000 block of Brown Farm Way in Brookeville.  Each caller had various pieces of information and 911 call takers worked to gather as many details as possible.  During some of the 911 calls, call takers heard what sounded like gunshots in the background.

Officers responded to 22002 Brown Farm Way and located three adults deceased at the home.  All three victims had been shot.  The victims are being identified as:

– Mary Ann Olson, age 66, of the residence located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.

– Danny Lee Murphy, age 70, of East Spearfish Drive in Brandon, South Dakota.  He was visiting the residents of 22002 Brown Farm Way.

– Craig Harold Shotwell, age 54, of Wards Chapel Road in Owings Mills, Maryland.  He was performing work at the residence located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.

Officers secured the home and determined that the suspect had fled.

Officers learned that three other adults who had also been home at the time of the shooting had escaped from the home unharmed.  One of those adults was the suspect’s wife.  The suspect was identified as Christopher Wilson Snyder, age 41, of 22001 Brown Farm Way.  Officers believed that after Snyder shot the victims, he fled to his home.

Additional officers, to include tactical units and negotiators, responded to the scene.  Officers confirmed that Snyder was in his home and set up a perimeter around the area.  Negotiators began talking to Snyder via telephone in an attempt to get him to surrender.  The negotiations lasted several hours.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., tactical officers forced entry into Snyder’s residence via the front door.  Snyder, who was talking to a negotiator on the phone, asked if the police had just broke in the front door and then hung up the phone.  Tactical officers then heard a single gunshot.

Snyder was located deceased inside of his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate these homicides.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting the Department with the investigation.  While the motive of these shootings is still under investigation, Snyder’s wife stated to investigators that she had been held in the home against her will by her husband Snyder during the weekend and found the opportunity to escape to her neighbor’s home located at 22002 Brown Farm Way.  Investigators believe this caused Snyder to go to that neighbor’s home where he shot and killed the three victims.

 

Concern for Missing Bethesda Man

Randall Guide Chatel

Update: May 8, 2018 – Randall Guide Chatel has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Bethesda man.

Randall Guide Chatel, age 57, was last seen by family members at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, when he left his Sinnott Drive home on foot.

Chatel is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 9” tall and weighs 165 pounds.  He has short blonde hair, blue eyes, and a white beard.  Chatel has multiple tattoos and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, tan pants, and black boots.

Police and family are concerned for Chatel’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Randall Guide Chatel is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

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Concern for Missing Olney Man

Nicholas Anthony Pratt-Santos

Update: Nicholas Anthony Pratt-Santos was located deceased on Tuesday, May 8.  Pratt-Santos had previously been reported as a missing person.  There is no indication of foul play involved in his death.

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Olney man.

Nicholas Anthony Pratt-Santos, age 22, of the 3500 block of Dartmoor Lane, last spoke with a family member on the telephone at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4.  Pratt-Santos did not return home as planned and family members have been unable to contact him since that time.

Pratt-Santos is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 6” tall and weighs 130 pounds.  He has short brown hair and brown eyes

Police and family are concerned for Pratt-Santos’ physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nicholas Anthony Pratt-Santos is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

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