Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in Aspen Hill Area Thefts; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect in Aspen Hill area thefts

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate a package theft and theft of property from a vehicle that occurred in the Aspen Hill area in late February.  Investigators believe that both thefts were committed by the same suspect:

  • On February 21, the suspect stole property from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence located in the 13000 block of Crispin Way.  (Note: surveillance video depicts the suspect trying the doors to vehicles parked in the driveway of a separate address on Crispin Way.  The suspect did not obtain any property in this incident due to the car doors being locked).
  • On February 24, the suspect stole a package from the front porch of the home located in the 4900 block of Adrian Street.

Today, investigators are releasing surveillance videos of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. The Police Department urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Clarksburg Man Arrested in Virginia on Homicide Charges; Tied to Two Incidents in Montgomery County

Muhammad Taha

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections, have charged Muhammad Taha, age 29, of the 23300 block of Observation Drive in Clarksburg, with crimes related to two incidents occurring in Germantown and Gaithersburg.  The same individual was arrested in Prince William County, Virginia, and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run, and other charges for events that occurred on March 24, 2019, in the Manassas area.

On March 22, 2019, officers from the 6th District responded to the Islamic Center of Maryland Mosque located at 19411 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg, for the report of an injured person.  Investigation revealed that the victim was walking on the property when he was struck by a vehicle which then fled the area.  The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.  Surveillance footage was able to capture parts of the incident.  A description of the vehicle and evidence was recovered on the scene.

On March 24, 2019, officers from the 5th District responded to the Islamic Society of Germantown located at 19825 Blunt Road in Germantown, for the report of a suspicious situation.  Investigation revealed a vehicle had been seen circling the parking lot before the driver exited the vehicle and used a brick to vandalize a parked vehicle in the lot.  The driver then drove away from the scene after striking an additional parked car.

Later in the day on March 24, 2019, the same suspect struck and killed a woman with his vehicle in the area of the 9600 block of Cloverhill Road, in Manassas, Virginia.  Prince William County Police, based off of a lookout placed by the Manassas City Police, were able to find the vehicle and suspect matching the description of the homicide nearby.  Muhammad Taha was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run and other charges related to the incident.

Detectives from the 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections have now connected all the events to Muhammed Taha.  Taha has been charged with following offenses:

CR 2-206  Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

CR 3-202 1st Degree Assault

CR 6-301  Malicious Destruction of Property (2 counts)

Representatives of all six police districts have been in communication with the Mosques within Montgomery County since the initial event occurred.

Detectives believe these are isolated events related directly to Taha who remains in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on a no bond status.

The Montgomery County Department of Police wish to thank the Manassas City Police Department and the Prince William County Police for their assistance with this case.

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Detectives Investigate Four Bank Robberies Committed by Same Suspect; Surveillance Photographs of Suspect Released

Suspect who robbed a SunTrust bank in Cloverly

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate four robberies of SunTrust Banks located inside Safeway grocery stores that are believed to be committed by the same suspect.

  • On Thursday, April 4, at approximately 3:39 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the SunTrust bank located inside the Safeway grocery store located at 15411 New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly for the report of the bank robbery that had just occurred. The investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect approached a teller and displayed a note demanding cash. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

 

 

 

Anyone with information about the suspect or these bank robberies is asked to contact the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Suspect who robbed a SunTrust bank in Cloverly

Montgomery County Department of Police Release Review Memorandum of June 11, 2018, Police Involved Shooting Incident

The Montgomery County Department of Police, at the direction and authorization by County Executive Marc Elrich, is releasing the document entitled, “Review of Officer Involved Shooting on June 11, 2018.”

The document consists of a memorandum that was transmitted to County Executive Marc Elrich by Chief of Police, J. Thomas Manger.  The memorandum is a summary and review of the event that occurred on June 11, 2018, between Officer Anand Badgujar and Mr. Robert White on Three Oaks Drive in Silver Spring.  Officer Badgujar was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office after they reviewed the criminal investigation into the incident.

The document is available to view at the following link

Report -Officer Involved Shooting June 11, 2018

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Police Officer Suffers Medical Emergency in Wheaton

Today, officers from Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District responded to the Westfield Wheaton Mall for the report of a theft in progress.

While on the scene investigating the incident, one of the responding officers suffered a medical emergency and collapsed.  Other officers on the scene immediately began administering first-aid to the downed officer.

Personnel from the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services responded to the scene and provided care and transported the officer to the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.  The officer remains in critical but stable condition.

Acting Chief Russell Hamill commended the efforts of the officers on the scene to come to the aid of another officer in distress.  Additionally, he thanked the MCFRS personnel who came to the aid of the officer and provided exemplary service to a fellow public safety professional.  Hamill went on to thank the community for the outpouring of support witnessed during this time of concern.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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