Update: Suspect Arrested for Bel Pre Area Homicide

On Sunday, May 6, the Police Department was notified that Ruel Francis Dempster II, age 30, of the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, wanted for the first-degree murder of his wife, had been arrested in the area of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, by the Federal Police (La Policía Federal) on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant.

Dempster II has been extradited to the United States and will return to Montgomery County when the domestic extradition process is complete.

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ARRESTED: Ruel Francis Dempster II

Inmate Charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder of Correctional Officer

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section have charged Edgar Alfonso Borrera, age 26, currently incarcerated at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) located at 22880 Whelan Lane in Boyds, with the attempted first-degree murder of a correctional officer.

On Sunday, May 6, at approximately 4:58 a.m., a MCCF correctional officer was assaulted by Borrera on an upper tier of the facility in front of the cells.  Borrera repeatedly punched and struck the victim about his face and upper body with a weapon fashioned from hard plastic and a milk carton.  After the assault, another inmate rendered aid to the victim and attempted to contain Borrera by grabbing him.  Other correctional officers responded to assist the victim.

The victim was transported to a hospital with multiple injuries to include fractured bones in his face and lacerations to his forehead.

Detectives located the weapon used by Borrera during the assault and seized it as evidence.

Borrera has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault of a correctional officer.  He is currently incarcerated on unrelated criminal charges.

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Edgar Borrera

Fairland Fatal Collision Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Fairland this morning.

On Sunday, May 6 at approximately 3:03 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Columbia Pike (Route 29) at Fairland Road for the report of a serious collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2006 Honda Pilot and a silver 2014 Honda Pilot had been involved in a minor collision and had stopped in a southbound lane of Columbia Pike at Fairland Drive.  After the collision, the driver and a front seat passenger of the black Pilot exited their vehicle and were standing near their car.  The investigation further revealed that a silver 2006 BMW 321i was traveling southbound on Columbia Pike at Fairland Road when for reasons still under investigation, it struck the black Honda Pilot.  The driver and the passenger of the black pilot who had been standing outside of their vehicle were also struck by the BMW.

The operator of the black Honda Pilot is being identified as My Huong T. Nguyen, age 45, of the 7900 block of Greenbury Drive in Greenbelt.  Nguyen succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

The adult male passenger who was also struck while standing outside of the black Pilot was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  An adult female rear-seat passenger in the black Pilot was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The operator of the BMW 325i is being identified as Ivan William Kadian, age 29, of the 8400 block of 14th Avenue in Hyattsville.  Kadian was not injured in the collision.  Responding officers arrested Kadian at the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

An adult male front-seat passenger in the BMW was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The adult female driver of the silver Honda Pilot and an adult female passenger were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620

Concern for Missing Kemp Mill Area Teenager

Update: May 7, 2017 – Randy Aaron Powell has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing teenager.

Randy Aaron Powell, age 13, of the 11700 block of Lovejoy Street in the Kemp Mill area, was last seen today at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the area of the 1800 block of Franwall Avenue.

Powell is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 4” tall, and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  He has blond hair and blue eyes. Powell was last seen wearing a black t- shirt, black torn jeans over black running pants, and purple suede Timberland boots.  Powell has a white cast on his left hand.

Powell is known to frequent the downtown Wheaton area, the Kemp Mill area, and Flower Avenue in Silver Spring.  He is familiar with public transportation.

Police and family are concerned for Randy Powell’s welfare. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Randy Powell is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Montgomery County Police Officer Indicted on Charges of Misconduct in Office and Assault

Yesterday, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Montgomery County Police Officer Devon Hitson, age 32, on charges of misconduct in office and second-degree assault.  A warrant was issued for Hitson’s arrest.  Officer Devon Hitson was hired as a Montgomery County Police Officer in February 2014 and was a patrol officer assigned to the 5th (Germantown) District.  The current charges relate to his service during that time.

On August 7, 2017, 5th District command staff conducted a routine review of Use of Force reports completed by station officers.  Officer Hitson had completed a Use of Force report for an August 1, 2017, incident that occurred in one of the 5th District station prisoner holding cells and involved the use of physical force against an adult male prisoner.  Officer Hitson completed the report as a Department requirement that such a report be submitted when, “force is used to counteract a physical struggle.” (Please see the Department’s Use of Force Function Code available on the Department’s website for more information).

Following the review of the report, staff viewed Officer Hitson’s body-worn camera footage of the August 1, 2017, incident and also viewed video of the incident from the prisoner holding cell camera.  The prisoner holding cell video showed Officer Hitson assaulting the adult male prisoner in the holding cell while the prisoner was handcuffed behind his back.

Officer Hitson was suspended from duty as a Montgomery County Police Officer and his police powers were removed on August 8, 2017.

The Department completed a criminal investigation into Officer Hitson’s actions and provided the State’s Attorney’s Office with the findings of that investigation.  The State’s Attorney’s Office presented those findings and played the video from the holding cell to the grand jury yesterday.  Based on the evidence presented, the grand jury indicted Officer Hitson on the criminal charges of misconduct in office and second-degree assault.

Officer Hitson remains on a suspended status and is on paid, administrative leave.

Once the criminal investigation is concluded with a resolution in the court system, the Police Department’s administrative investigation conducted by the Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD) will begin.

Chief Manger said of the indictment of Officer Hitson, “Earning and maintaining the public’s trust is critical to the success of every police department.  When an officer abuses his or her authority, he or she must be held accountable.”

An update will be provided to the public when the criminal case has concluded.