Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Wheaton

SealDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a fatal collision that occurred this morning in Wheaton.

At approximately 10:54 a.m., 4th District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of Randolph Road and Selfridge Road for a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on Randolph Road prior to Selfridge Road when, for reasons that remain under investigation, the operator lost control, and the car traveled across three lanes of traffic and struck a utility pole on the corner of Selfridge Road. After striking the utility pole, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a pedestrian who was in the area of a residential driveway in the 4300 block of Randolph Road.

The pedestrian victim was transported to Suburban hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the striking vehicle was also transported to Suburban hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The pedestrian was identified as Maria Dolores Posadas, age 45, of the 4500 block of Randolph Road in Wheaton. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mary Alice Tabb, age 83, of the 5400 block of Marinelli Road in North Bethesda.

Police are urging anyone with information regarding this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.


Woman Charged with Housing Assistance Fraud

Mary Ann Worth

Mary Ann Worth

In February of 2015, the 4th District Community Services Officer received information that Mary Ann Worth, age 42, of the 3000 block of Quail Hollow Terrace in Brookeville had committed fraud in order to qualify for housing assistance.

The investigation revealed that Worth receives low-income housing subsidies from the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County and fraudulently received benefits since November of 2011.

Further investigation by the officer revealed that Worth provided false information to the Housing Opportunities Commission about her family composition and failed to disclose that she works as a property manager for the Kettler company and earns an annual salary in an amount that makes her ineligible for assistance. The officer also determined that Worth failed to disclose assets in the form of a Nissan Armada, Ford Mustang Cobra convertible, a BMW and two Harley Davidson motorcycles that she keeps at her residence

The fraud investigation was completed on July 9 and Worth was charged with theft scheme: $10,000 to under $100,000, theft $10,000 to under $100,000, welfare fraud, making a false statement for housing assistance, and a filing a false application for public assistance. Worth was transported to the Central Processing Unit and released on a $20,000 bond.


Two Arrested for Homicide at Wheaton Metro Garage

Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into a fatal shooting that occurred last night on the third level of the Wheaton Metro garage located at 11171 Georgia Avenue.

Fourth District officers and Metro Transit Police responded to the report of the sound of multiple shots fired inside the garage. Officers located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

The victim has been identified as Eric Alexander Melgar, age 20, of the 3000 block of Whispering Pines Drive in Silver Spring.

The preliminary investigation developed that the victim had become involved in a confrontation with two suspects inside the garage. One of the suspects produced a handgun and began firing at the victim. The suspects fled from the garage on foot.

Fourth District patrol officers located two individuals in the vicinity who were later determined to be the suspects involved in the shooting incident. A firearm was recovered in the possession of the suspects. Any relationship between the victim and suspects and the nature of the confrontation and motive for the shooting remain under investigation.

Douglas Shannon Chase, age 19, of the 6100 block of 14th Street NW, District of Columbia, was charged with first-degree murder. He has been identified as the shooter in this incident. Brent Deon Sanderson, age 18, of the 4600 block of West Frankfort Drive in Rockville was also charged with first-degree murder. They are currently being held without bond.

Anyone who has not already spoken with detectives and either witnessed last night’s incident or has any other information that could advance this investigation is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers can remain anonymous



Brent Sanderson

Brent Sanderson

Douglas Chase

Douglas Chase

Concern for Missing Damascus Juvenile

Taya Nadine Eader

Taya Nadine Eader

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Damascus juvenile.

Taya Nadine Eader, age 16, of the 28900 block of Kemptown Road in Damascus was last seen on July 13th, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. Eader is described as a white female, 5’02” tall, weighing 120 pounds, with hazel eyes, red hair and scarring on her forearms.

Police and family are concerned for her physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Taya Nadine Eader is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs).

Callers may remain anonymous.



Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

Theft From Auto Suspect

Theft From Auto Suspect

Detectives from the 3rd District Patrol Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who has been stealing items from cars in the parking lot of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The thefts to the volunteer firefighters and EMTs of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 13900 Old Columbia Pike in Briggs Chaney, occurred between April 18 and June 10.

Detectives obtained surveillance photographs of the male suspect and are asking anyone who may recognize him to please call the 3rd District Patrol Investigative Section at 240-773-6830.

As Montgomery County Police ask for the public’s help to identify this suspect, we want to remind all drivers that they can lessen their chances of being a victim of theft from vehicle by not leaving anything in sight inside of the vehicle and locking vehicle doors.