(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Germantown Man

Update: October 2, 2020 – James Jones has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police-5th District are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Germantown man.

James Jones, age 33, has been reported as missing by his family.  He was last seen leaving his home located in the 19500 block of Gunners Branch Road on September 26 at approximately noon.  He stated that he was going to visit his girlfriend in Virginia.

Jones is approximately 6’01″ tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and black slippers.

Jones does not drive and uses public transportation.

Anyone with information about James Jones’ whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

James Jones

James Jones

Major Crimes Detectives Investigating Carjackings in Downtown Silver Spring

Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate four armed carjackings that have occurred within the last ten days in the downtown Silver Spring area.  In three of these four carjackings, the victims left their vehicles running and/or unattended.  Detectives are looking into the possibility that these carjackings were committed by the same suspects.

Below is a summary of the four armed carjackings that have occurred in downtown Silver Spring since September 19:

  • On Saturday, September 19 at 6:35 p.m., a delivery driver in the 8600 block of Cedar Street was confronted by a suspect who was armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle and the victim complied.  Another suspect also pointed a gun at him.  The first suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle while the second suspect entered another vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.  See previous press release.

 

  • On Saturday, September 19 at 9:43 p.m., the victim had left his vehicle unlocked, unattended, and running in the 8100 block of Colesville Road while he ran an errand. The victim returned to his vehicle and observed two suspects inside his car.   The victim confronted the suspects and one suspect displayed a handgun and threatened the victim.  The suspects stole the victim’s car and fled.   The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C. See previous press release. 

 

  • On Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m., the victim had exited his car while leaving it running in the 8000 block of Georgia Avenue. The victim was immediately confronted by three suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  The suspects demanded property from the victim and then assaulted the victim.  The suspects stole the victim’s car and all three suspects fled in the vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.

 

  • On Tuesday, September 24 at 6:03 p.m., the victim left the keys inside his vehicle and left it running as he walked to the ATM in the 8700 block of Georgia Avenue. When he returned to the vehicle one of three suspects pointed a handgun at him and then all three suspects fled in his vehicle.  The victim’s car was later located abandoned in Washington, D.C.

 

Anyone with information about these armed carjackings is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.   Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

 

MCP reminds residents that they can lower their risk of becoming a victim of auto theft by following these safety tips:

Don’t leave a vehicle running if unattended.

Keep your vehicle keys with you at all times, and never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle. Note: Valet keys can be used to start the vehicle.

Close and lock all vehicle windows and doors when leaving vehicle unattended.

If your vehicle has a “push-button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.

Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

Park in a secure garage if possible.

Use a car alarm and/or anti-theft device.

Use a vehicle locator device.

Third District Officer Arrests Driver for Possession of Handgun During Traffic Stop in Downtown Silver Spring

Romane J. Webb

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police- 3rd District have arrested and charged Romane J. Webb, age 26, of the 3300 block of Teagarden Circle in Fairland, with firearm-related offenses to include possession of a firearm by a prohibited person after officers observed Webb asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle on Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring.

On Sunday, September 20, at approximately 10:28 p.m., a 3rd District officer was driving on Colesville Road at Fenton Street when he was flagged down by a resident who reported that the driver of a Mercedes -Benz E 320, which was stopped on Colesville Road at Wayne Avenue, appeared to be asleep behind the wheel.

Upon arriving at the intersection of Colesville Road at Wayne Avenue, the officer observed the Mercedes stopped at the traffic light and observed that the driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel.   The officer knocked on the driver’s side window with no response from the driver. After several seconds of the officer knocking on the window, the driver acknowledged the officer’s presence and identified himself as Webb.   Officers then asked Webb to exit his vehicle.  During the investigation, officers located a loaded 9mm handgun in Webb’s front pant pocket.   Officers further determined that Webb was prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a prior criminal conviction.

Webb was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with possession of a handgun and illegal possession of a firearm.   Webb is being held without bond.

Loaded 9mm handgun found in Webb’s front pant pocket

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Wheaton Juvenile

Isana Porter

Update: September 28, 2020 – Isana Porter has been located safe and unharmed. 

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

Isana Porter, age 13, was last seen by family at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (Sunday, September 27) when she left her Bucknell Terrace home on foot.

Porter is approximately 5’ 2” tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds.  She has brown eyes, brown and blonde hair, and was last seen wearing a beige Northface fleece jacket.

Police and family are concerned for Porter’s welfare.

Anyone with information about Isana Porter’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

 

 

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Derwood Juvenile

Pearl Mitchell

Update: September 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. – Pearl Mitchell has been located safe and unharmed.

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

Pearl Mitchell, age 14, was last seen by family at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (Saturday, September 26) when she left her Gold Ring Terrace home on foot.

Mitchell is approximately 5’ 4” tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  She has brown eyes and brown hair.  Mitchell was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, and light-colored shorts.

Police and family are concerned for Mitchell’s welfare.

Anyone with information about Pearl Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).