After-School Program Employee Charged with Inappropriate Touching of Student

Roy Andres Simmons III

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department –  Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have arrested and charged Roy A. Simmons III, age 41, of the 9500 block of Bell Vernon Place in Gaithersburg, with a sex offense committed against a 10-year-old female student while Simmons was employed with a company that administered an after-school program at the victim’s school.

In May of 2017, detectives began investigating the report of Simmons inappropriately touching the victim.  The victim stated to investigators that in November of 2016, she was attending an after-school event sponsored by a company named “Kids Adventures” at Carderock Springs Elementary School located at 7401 Persimmon Tree Lane in Potomac.  The victim knew Simmons from his capacity as a group leader for “Kids Adventures”. The victim further stated that Simmons was leading a group activity when he inappropriately touched her while she was separated from other students.

During a police interview, Simmons admitted to the inappropriate contact.

On October 3, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Simmons charging him with one count of fourth-degree sex offense and one count of second-degree assault.

This afternoon (October 5), Simmons turned himself in and was served with the arrest warrant at the Central Processing Unit.  Bond information for Simmons is not yet available.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims.  Detectives are requesting that parents of students who may have had contact with Simmons, to talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

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Detectives Investigate Germantown 7-Eleven Armed Robbery; Surveillance Video Released

Suspects who committed an armed robbery at 7-Eleven

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the September 29 armed robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Germantown.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On Friday, September 29 at approximately 1:41 a.m., 5th District officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 19786 Crystal Rock Drive for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the two suspects confronted a person who was exiting the store after making a delivery.  Both suspects had their faces concealed and one had a handgun.  The suspects ordered the delivery person to re-enter the store and then followed him inside.  The armed suspect confronted the adult male employee who was working behind the counter and demanded money. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands.  The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of currency and fled from the 7-Eleven.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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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Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Attempted Commercial Robbery Suspect; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspect who committed an attempted commercial robbery at the Forever 21 retail store.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the September 21 attempted robbery of the Forever 21 retail store in Bethesda.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Thursday, September 21 at approximately 5:30 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Forever 21 store within the Westfield Montgomery Mall located at 7101 Democracy Boulevard.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect entered the store and concealed merchandise inside of a shopping bag.  A store employee confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued as the employee attempted to stop the suspect from leaving the store with the stolen merchandise.  During the struggle, the suspect produced a can of pepper spray and attempted to spray the employee.  The suspect then dropped the bag of stolen merchandise and fled from the store.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this attempted robbery is urged to call the Major Crimes Division; Robbery Section at 240-773-5100.  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 and/or an indictment for this crime.

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Suspect who committed an attempted commercial robbery at the Forever 21 retail store.

Officers Respond to Call for Man with Knife Acting Erratically at Germantown Store; Suspect Arrested

On Sunday, October 1 at approximately 4:31 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a employee at the Michaels store located at 20902 Frederick Road in Germantown.  The caller stated that a man wearing a costume was acting “strange” in the store.

Officers arrived at the store and was met by the manager, who stated that she had seen a male wearing what she believed to be a dog costume, walking repeatedly in and out of the store; she said he seemed disoriented and possibly had a knife in his possession.

Officers began to attempt to locate the male in the business.  While they were doing so, numerous customers and the manager informed the officers that the male was now in the rear of the store, carrying a knife and causing a disturbance.  Witnesses were able to provide a description of the male and said that he had removed the costume he was previously wearing.

The suspect was found in the back of the store by an officer.  His hand was drawn in a fist and he was holding a fold-out knife.  The officer began to give commands to the male to put the approximately four-inch knife down.  The male did not comply and began advancing on the officer.  The officer drew his firearm and created distance but the male disregarded numerous commands and continued to move closer to the officer.  The suspect then turned down an aisle in the direction of the store exit and in the path of customers.  At that time, a second officer was able to tase the suspect and the suspect, actively fighting, was placed into custody.

The suspect, identified as Ludwin Joel Godoy-Mantar, age 26, of an unconfirmed address, was transported to the hospital by Fire &Rescue personnel for a mental health evaluation.  While in the hospital, he remained in the custody of the Montgomery County Police Department.  Once medically released from the hospital on Tuesday, October 3, Godoy-Mantar was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with crimes to include reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.  Godoy-Mantar is being held without bond.

Ludwin Joel Godoy-Mantar

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Detectives Charge Four Suspects in 1994 Shooting

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have charged Phuoc V. Phan, age 43, of an unconfirmed address, Hiey Hieu Vo, age 42, of the 8900 block of Albert Stewart Lane in Silver Spring, Nhan V. Bui, age 44, of an unconfirmed address, and Kha Ngoc Do, age 43, of the 13100 block of Tamarack Road in Silver Spring, with the attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder of three victims during a shooting which occurred on June 21, 1994 in the 8500 block of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring.  Phan and Do are currently incarcerated in the Montgomery County Detention Center on these charges.  Bui is currently serving a sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution. Petersburg Low facility in Petersburg Virginia.

Phan, Vo, Bui, and Do were associated with the criminal street gang “So Koh”.  This gang was active in Maryland during the 1990’s.  Several members of the “So Koh” street gang are persons of interest in the January 12, 1997 homicides of Hiek Chung and Chai Tan.  Chung and Tan’s murders occurred in the King’s Kitchen Chinese Carryout located at 9224 Warren Street in Silver Spring.

If anyone has information on the above referenced homicides or any other unsolved homicide(s) from the 1990’s, please contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.

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Note: a mugshot of Phouc V. Phan is not available

Nhan V. Bui

Kha Ngoc Do

Hieu Hien Vo