Scammers Sending Threatening Emails to Organizations – Attempting to Extort Money

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating two incidents that occurred within the last week which involve threatening emails being sent to nonprofit organizations.

The emails, sent to specific members of the organizations, state that if the recipient does not transfer a specified amount of money via the online payment system, Bitcoin, by a specified deadline, violence will occur at the organization’s workplace.  The emails also warn that the nonprofits are under surveillance and warn them not to call law enforcement.

Montgomery County detectives, with the assistance of federal law enforcement, have determined that the emails originated from outside of the country and are a version of a phishing scheme used to extort money.  Investigators have also concluded that the threats in the emails are not credible.

The Police Department urges any individual or organization that receives an email similar to the ones received in these incidents to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 and to not respond to the e-mail or transfer money.

Detectives Investigate Burglaries in Townhouse Communities Along Randolph Road; Photograph of Suspects Released

Detectives from the 4th District are investigating seven nighttime burglaries that have occurred since mid- December in townhouse communities in the area of Randolph Road and Tivoli Lake Boulevard and Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue.

These burglaries have occurred at night after dark and while no one was at home.  The suspects forced entry into the home by breaking windows or doors.

Investigators are releasing a photograph of two suspects who used a credit card stolen from one of the burglaries.  The Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5500.  Tipsters may also call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of these suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.



Two Suspects

Two Suspects

The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive – Friday, January 29














Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

Location: Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters –
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg – First floor conference room.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sign Up Required: Online or call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Red Cross personnel and equipment will not be able to serve walk-in appointments.

Suspicious Death in Rockville Investigated as a Homicide

Homicide detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division, are investigating the death of an adult male in Rockville.  This death is being investigated as a homicide.

At approximately 12:04 a.m., on January 21, 1st District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a wooded area in the 5400 block of Randolph Road for the report of an injured subject.  First responders observed a burning tent, extinguished the fire, and located a deceased, male victim, who had been in the fire.

The victim’s identity has not been confirmed.  The victim’s body will be transported to Baltimore where the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy.

This active investigation is still in its preliminary stages; additional information will be released as it is confirmed.


Montgomery County Police Ask for Public’s Help In Locating Wanted Subject

Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted subject: Gregory Howard Pearson, age 66, of an unknown address.

Detectives have obtained a warrant for Pearson’s arrest, charging him with theft and credit card fraud offenses. On November 24, 2015, Pearson stole a credit card from the purse of an 81-year-old female while the woman was shopping inside the Giant Food located at 20944 N. Frederick Road in Germantown. Pearson later used the stolen credit card to purchase items at a nearby retail store.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gregory Howard Pearson to please call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 or to contact the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6245. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson

Gregory Howard Pearson