Police Investigate Fatal Collision on Connecticut Avenue

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred today on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Today, at approximately 11:42 a.m., officers from the 2nd District and Fire/Rescue personnel responded to Connecticut Avenue near W. Irving Street for a report of a personal injury collision.  Upon arriving, officers located a 2005 Subaru Outback station wagon that had struck a tree.

Investigation revealed that the Subaru was traveling on southbound Connecticut Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  The passenger in the vehicle was pronounced deceased on the scene of the collision.  The driver was transported to Suburban Hospital in critical condition.

The passenger in the vehicle is identified as Ann R. Smith, age 88, of the 3000 block of Military Road in Washington, DC.  The driver is identified as Robert Jay Groner, age 65, of the unit block of Wachs Court in Olney.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.  Callers may remain anonymous.

MCP Invites You to Tweet Captain Tom Didone, Traffic Division Director

MCP invites followers of @mcpnews to “Tweet Captain Tom Didone” and communicate with our Traffic Division Director.  This is an opportunity to address your questions and concerns about MCP’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Program which includes both speed cameras and red light cameras.  Captain Didone will also address questions concerning the Safe Speed Program’s new Corridor Approach strategy.


Who:  Captain Tom Didone, Traffic Division Director

When:  Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where:  https://twitter.com/mcpnews

Hashtag:  #MCPTraffic

Update: Suspect Identified and Charged in Post Office Stabbing

Ray Alfred Young

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are continuing to investigate a stabbing that occurred yesterday at the U.S. Post Office in Colesville.

The suspect in this stabbing has been identified as Ray Alfred Young, age 67, of the 600 block of Concerto Lane in Silver Spring.  Young was arrested following the stabbing incident and was charged with attempt second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, and concealing a dangerous weapon.  He is currently being held on bond and will have a bond review hearing today at 1:00 p.m. at the Rockville District Court.

Detectives are asking anyone that may have witnessed or anyone that has information about this incident to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 301-565-5835.

Police Investigate Stabbing at Colesville Post Office

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a stabbing that occurred this afternoon at the U.S. Post Office in Colesville.

Today, at approximately 2:18 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the U.S. Post Office located at 13217 New Hampshire Avenue for a report of a stabbing.  Upon arriving, officers located a 58-year-old male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Based on witness accounts, officers placed a look out for the vehicle in which the suspect was observed leaving the post office.  A few minutes later, officers observed the suspect vehicle approximately one mile away at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and MD Route 29.  Officers stopped the vehicle and placed the suspect under arrest.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigation revealed that the victim had been conducting business with a U.S. Postal worker inside the post office.  The victim was asked to step aside to complete some paper work.  Upon completing the paper work, the victim was motioned back to the counter by the employee.  The suspect felt as if the victim had cut into the line.

The suspect then left the post office and waited in the vestibule for the victim to depart.  At this time, the suspect attacked the victim.  As the struggle ensued, two female U.S. Postal employee intervened in the confrontation, and at least one of the employees deployed pepper spray in an attempt to subdue the suspect.  According to the Detective Sergeant leading this investigation, the actions of these employees may have saved the life of, but most definitely assisted in preventing further injury to, the victim.

At this time, the suspect is being identified as a 67-year-old male.  His full identity will be released after he is officially charged.

Detectives are asking anyone that may have witnessed or anyone that has information about this incident to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 301-565-5835.

MCP to Participate in National Night Out 2012

The 2012 National Night Out annual observance will take place on Tuesday, August 7.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to generate neighborhood support of and participation in crime prevention efforts and to enhance police and community relations.  Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another and to build community spirit.  This is the 29th year of National Night Out observances that demonstrate a community’s commitment to keep their neighborhood free from crime.  Visit your District’s Community News page (or click on your district below) for a list of events in your neighborhood.


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