After Interruption of County’s 9-1-1 Service, County Residents Provided Alternatives if a 9-1-1 Busy Signal is Received

On Sunday, July 10 just after 11 p.m., the County’s 9-1-1 system experienced an interruption of service which caused community members who called the emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency 301-279-8000 phone lines to receive a busy signal instead of a standard call taker response. The interruption lasted approximately two hours from 11:10 p.m. to 1:09 a.m. During those two hours, alternative plans to receive and dispatch emergency calls were put into operation. Alternative methods to report emergencies were provided to the public through public safety social media and the Alert Montgomery warning system. The County’s 3-1-1 call center was activated early this morning to assist.

Currently, Montgomery County’s 911 and non-emergency 301-279-8000 lines are functioning, but as corrective action is being implemented, there remains a possibility that a caller could receive a busy signal.

In the event of an emergency, any caller who hears a busy signal or is unable to reach a 911 operator, should contact the following:

• Call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311. Police officers and Fire and Rescue personnel are on duty at the MC311 call center to assist with any emergency calls.

• Or call the closest local fire station or police district station.

Public Safety officials urge all residents and business owners to determine now which Fire and Rescue Station and Police District station are closest in the event of an emergency.

Police Stations:
1st District Rockville Station      240-773-6070
2nd District Bethesda Station    240-773-6700
3rd District Silver Spring            240-773-6800
4th District Wheaton                  240-773-5500
5th District Germantown            240-773-6200
6th District Gaithersburg            240-773-5700

Anyone uncertain as to which police district serves a particular community should see: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/districts/whatsmydistrict.html

Phone numbers for Fire Station Locations are available at:
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcfrs/connect/phone.html

lehb

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Detectives Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Credit Card Theft Suspect; Residents Reminded to Keep Wallets and Purses Close While Shopping

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating three cases of credit card theft that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  The first two thefts occurred on February 19 and March 19 at the Whole Foods Market located at 316 Kentlands Boulevard and the most recent theft on April 24 occurred at a nearby Safeway grocery store located at 12251 Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg.

The investigation by detectives revealed that during each theft, the victim’s wallet was stolen from her purse when the purse was left unattended (most likely in a shopping cart).   The victims’ credit cards were used fraudulently in various stores to include the Target in Germantown.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the male suspect who was captured on store surveillance where he fraudulently used the victim’s stolen credit cards.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5745 or 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to keep safe while shopping by following these tips:

  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Do not become distracted by your shopping.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you – pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Try to avoid carrying a large number of bags. Make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.

RLG

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on February 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on March 19

Credit Card Theft and Fraud Suspect on March 19

Two Suspects Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Two Additional Suspects Wanted

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Major Crimes Division have arrested two suspects for the homicide of 18-year-old Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales that occurred in the Malcolm King Park located at 1200 West Side Drive in Gaithersburg and that was discovered on June 17.  Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, age 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg, arrested on July 1 in Gaithersburg, and Vanesa Alvarado, age 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg, arrested on July 1 in Gaithersburg, have both been charged with the first-degree murder of Villagran-Morales and both remain in custody on one million-dollar bonds.  Gutierrez-Vasquez has been charged as an adult.

There are two additional suspects who are wanted for the homicide of Villigran-Morales: Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, age 27, of an unknown address, and Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, age 20, of an unknown address.  Warrants have been issued for their arrest, charging them with first-degree murder.  These suspects should be considered armed and dangerous (see their photographs below).

Detectives consider this homicide to be gang-related; All four suspects are believed to be associated with the criminal gang MS-13, and the two arrested suspects, upon their arrest, stated to detectives that they believed the victim to be a member of a rival gang.

During this murder investigation, detectives determined that the victim had recently met suspect, Alvarado, and that the two had been communicating via telephone.  Further investigation revealed that on the night of June 16, the victim planned to meet Alvarado.  Detectives believe that the victim met Alvarado that evening in an anticipation of a sexual encounter.  Alvarado then lured the victim to the wooded area of the park, where he was stabbed multiple times by the suspects.  When Alvarado and Gutierrez-Vasquez were questioned by investigators after their arrest, both suspects made admissions regarding their involvement in the homicide.

Investigators are urging anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two wanted suspects: Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, age 27, and Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, age 20, to immediately call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 line).  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters must call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Solvers will remain anonymous.

This homicide investigation is ongoing and therefore additional information will not be released at this time.

Note: Gutierrez-Vasquez is a juvenile and therefore his mugshot is not being released.

RLI

 

WANTED: Jose Coreas Ventura, AKA: Josue Corea

WANTED: Jose Coreas Ventura, AKA: Josue Corea

WANTED: Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez

WANTED: Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARRESTED: Vanesa Alvarado

ARRESTED: Vanesa Alvarado

Advisory – Press Conference Today: Two Suspects Arrested for Gaithersburg Park Homicide; Two Additional Suspects Wanted

PRESS CONFERENCE:

Director of the Major Crimes Division Captain Francke will discuss the July 1 arrests of two suspects for the homicide of Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales that occurred in the Malcolm King Park located at 1200 West Side Drive in Gaithersburg and that was discovered on June 17. The two suspects who have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in this homicide case are:

Juan Gutierrez-Vasquez, age 16, of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg – charged as an adult

Vanesa Alvarado, age 19, of Lakeworth Drive in Gaithersburg (mugshot below)

Captain Francke will also announce the names of two additional suspects who are wanted for the homicide of Villigran-Morales and will urge anyone with information about these suspects’ whereabouts to come forward to police.

WHEN:

Today – Thursday, July 7, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters

100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Weather permitting, the conference will be held outside

Note to Public: Tentatively, the press conference will be streamed live via Facebook and Periscope (Twitter).  A press release regarding this homicide will be released at the conclusion of the press conference.

Vanesa Alvarado

ARRESTED: Vanesa Alvarado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Gutierrez-Vasquez is a juvenile and therefore his mugshot is not being released.

Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in Kensington

MCPSealBestDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred early this morning in Kensington.

At approximately 4:54 a.m., 2nd District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of Cedar Lane and Everett Street for the report of a collision.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Cedar Lane when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the centerline.  The Civic collided with a 2004 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Cedar Lane.

The driver of the Civic, identified as Marcial Matthew Saenz, age 35, of the 5200 block of Pooks Hill Road in Bethesda, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the Pilot, identified as Sara Nohemy Mejia Montoya, age 28, of the 11900 block of Andrew Street in Silver Spring, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are investigating alcohol use by Saenz as a possible factor in this collision.

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG