Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Prescription DrugsDrug Take-Back Day. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. This initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

On September 26, there will be drop-off locations throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of the take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots or in the lobbies of the following facilities:

Collection Sites:

Montgomery County Police Department:

  • 1st District/Headquarters – 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
  • 2nd District Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, 20815
  • 3rd District – 1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, 20904
  • 4th District – 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton, 20902
  • 5th District – 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, 20874
  • 6th District – 45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg, 20878

Chevy Chase Village Police Department – 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, 20815

Gaithersburg Police Department – 14 Fulks Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, 20877

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Road, Rockville, 20854

Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office  – 2 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, 20850

Takoma Park Police Department – 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, 20912

The Montgomery County law enforcement community is particularly interested in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

Disposing of drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise, unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste and Services offers these suggestions:
1.Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
2.Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
3.Seal the bag and/or container.
4.Crush pills or tablets.
5.Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
6.Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
7.Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in the County recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

All the returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be destroyed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Parents Charged in Homicide of 10-Week-Old Daughter

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Major Crimes Division have arrested Robert Alan Davidson, age 24, and Lorena Thompson, age 22, of the 200 block of East Argyle Street in Rockville, and have charged them in the homicide case of their 10-week-old daughter, Aleah Thompson.  Robert Davidson has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death, first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, neglect of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor, and second-degree sex offense. Lorena Thompson has been charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death, first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, and neglect of a minor, for failing to protect her daughter from chronic physical and sexual abuse inflicted by Davidson.

On June 23 at approximately 7:18 p.m., Davidson called 9-1-1 to report that his daughter, Aleah, was not breathing and was unresponsive. Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the home and transported the unresponsive baby to a local hospital.  She was then flown to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she succumbed to her injuries on June 26. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. ruled Aleah’s manner of death as homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries.

During a police interview, Davidson stated that on June 23, Thompson was at work and that he was Aleah’s primary caregiver. He stated that he was playing video games in the living room and heard sounds of labored breathing coming from the bedroom. He went to the bedroom and discovered Aleah unresponsive and limp. He then attempted to resuscitate her prior to calling 9-1-1.

During subsequent interviews, Davidson admitted to committing acts that constitute sexual abuse of a child. He also stated that in the past he had dropped Aleah several times and that one time she had rolled off the couch. He also admitted to aggressively shaking Aleah on June 23. Prior to June 23, Davidson did not attempt to obtain medical care for the baby after any of the incidents he described.

When Thompson was interviewed by investigators, she admitted that she had seen injuries on Aleah, to include bruises, on more than one occasion and that those injuries occurred while Aleah was in the care of Davidson. At no time did Thompson seek medical care for Aleah’s injuries and did not take her to a two-month medical wellness visit.

Yesterday, detectives obtained warrants for Davidson and Thompson. They were both arrested today at approximately 12:15 p.m. at their residence. Bond information is not available at this time.  Thompson has a 5-year-old son from a previous relationship who is now in the custody of his father.

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Lorena Thompson

Lorena Thompson

Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson

Warrant Issued for Potomac Carjacking Suspect

Guaymar R. Cabrera-Hernandez

Guaymar R. Cabrera-Hernandez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have charged Guaymar R. Cabrera-Hernandez, age 24, of the 8000 block of 14th Street in Hyattsville, with armed carjacking, armed robbery, and first degree assault.

On August 17 at approximately 1:40 p.m., 1st District officers responded to the report of an armed carjacking that had just occurred at the Islamic Education Center located at 7917 Montrose Road in Potomac. The investigation revealed that the 38-year-old victim was in her vehicle in the parking lot of the Center when she noticed a man, later identified as Cabrera-Hernandez, exit the wood line along Montrose Road and enter the parking lot – she then lost sight of him. A short time later, Cabrera-Hernandez approached her driver’s side window, (which was down), and displayed a knife and brick. Cabrera-Hernandez placed the knife to the victim’s neck and demanded that she get out of the car. As the victim exited the car and distanced herself from Cabrera-Hernandez, he threw the brick at her. He then got into the car and drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Detectives noted that the Montgomery County Detention Center (1307 Seven Locks Road) is less than a mile from the location of the carjacking. Investigators inquired about inmates who had recently been released from the facility and learned that Cabrera-Hernandez had been released from custody approximately 30 minutes prior to the carjacking. Cabrera-Hernandez left the detention center wearing clothing that matched the clothing description of the suspect. The victim also positively identified a photograph of Cabrera-Hernandez as the suspect who had carjacked her vehicle and an arrest warrant was obtained for Cabrera-Hernandez for carjacking, armed robbery, and first degree assault.

On August 19, 2nd District officers responded to the area of River Road and Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda to assist the United States Secret Service and Metropolitan Police Department with a call for a vehicle that had been carjacked from the District of Columbia and had fled into Montgomery County. The suspect was found in Washington, D.C. near the Montgomery County line and was identified as Cabrera-Hernandez. He was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department for the carjacking he committed in Washington, D.C. and remains in their custody. He was interviewed by Montgomery County Major Crimes detectives and admitted to committing the Potomac carjacking.

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify Theft Suspect

Bloomingdale's theft suspect

Bloomingdale’s theft suspect

Officers from the Montgomery County Police – 2nd District are asking the public for help to identify a suspect of two thefts from the Bloomingdale’s Friendship
Heights store.

On August 10 at approximately 7:32 p.m., a 2nd District officer was in his marked police car at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Western Avenue when he was notified by a Bloomingdale’s loss prevention officer that a theft had just occurred. The loss prevention officer told the police officer that a male suspect had removed twelve pair of sunglasses and fled the store. The loss prevention officer added that the same suspect had committed a similar offense on August 5. Store representatives had not reported that theft to police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-to-late forties. He has brown hair that is graying and a white mustache.

Anyone who has information about the suspect or the thefts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – 2nd District Station at 240-773-6700. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Identify Theft Suspects

ILORI theft suspect

ILORI theft suspect

Officers from the Montgomery County Police – 2nd District are asking the public for help to identify a person of interest in two thefts from the designer sunglass and eyeglass store “ILORI” in Friendship Heights.

On July 1, at approximately 8:00 p.m., 2nd District officers responded to the “ILORI” store located at 5330 Western Avenue in Friendship Heights for the report of a theft. The investigation revealed that a male and female suspect entered the store, distracted an employee, and stole sunglasses. Both suspects then fled the store.

On August 10, at approximately 6:34 p.m., the same male suspect from the July 1 incident entered the store and was immediately recognized by a store employee as having committed the prior theft. The suspect stole sunglasses from a display near the front door and fled while the employee was calling 9-1-1.
The male suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” tall and weighing 180 pounds. At the time of the August 10 theft, he was wearing a blue shirt with writing on the front, blue jeans, and a black hat on backwards. He also had white ear buds around his neck. The female suspect from the July 1 theft is described as a black female with short blonde hair. She was wearing a denim shirt, denim shorts and black sandals.

Anyone who has information about these suspects or the thefts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police – 2nd District Station at 240-773-6700. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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