***Update (November 2, 2020): The pedestrian is identified as Kenneth Charles Zirkle, age 61, of an unknown address. Detectives have been unable to locate any of Zirkle’s family members and are asking anyone with information on possible family members of Zirkle to please call detectives at: 240-773-6620.
****Update (November 5, 2020): Detectives have made contact with Kenneth Zirkle’s family.
Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred yesterday afternoon in Germantown.
On Friday, October 30, at approximately 2:35 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to Germantown Road at Middlebrook Road for the report of a collision.
Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross Germantown Road onto westbound Middlebrook Road. For reasons still under investigation, the pedestrian was struck by a 2012 Toyota Camry that was traveling south on Germantown Road and was driven by Vera M Dydson-Dzissah, age 43, of Germantown.
The adult male pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. He will be identified after his family is notified.***
Dydson-Dzissah was not injured in the collision.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this fatal collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District arrestedEmanuel LeytonPicon (age 19) of Bladensburg, MD, Jason Baiza (age 18) of Washington, DC, and AzrielEchavarria (age 18)of Washington, DC with possession of a handgun in the downtown Silver Spring area.
On Thursday, October 29, at approximately 8:44 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Veterans Plaza area for the report of a shooting. The Emergency Communication Center (ECC) received multiple calls about the shooting and received a description of three suspects fleeing the area.
Officers from the3rd District Special Assignment Team responded to the area and observed a group of three subjects matching the physical and clothing description provided by ECC fleeing into the Ellsworth Parking Garage. Other 3rd District officers also responded to the area to assist. When a uniformed officer tried to stop the three subjects, they fled from the officer on foot. After a short foot pursuit, all three subjects were apprehended in the area of Spring Street and Cameron Street. Echavarriawas in possession of a handgun. A second handgun was located along the path LeytonPiconand Baiza ran and next to LeytonPicon. Suspected controlled dangerous substances were located on Echavarria and LeytonPicon as well.
Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section and the Firearms Investigative Section responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The investigation determined that all three subjects were prohibited from possessing a handgun due to prior criminal convictions.
Echavarria, LeytonPicon, and Baiza were transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with possession of a firearm and other related violations. LeytonPicon and Baiza were released from custody on bond. Echavarria remains in custody.
Detectives from the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have arrested and charged Isaac Levy, age 35, of Hyde Road in Silver Spring, with multiple counts of theft and vandalism related to the stealing of election and other yard signs and placing stickers on the victims’ vehicle(s).
On August 8, detectives began an investigation of numerous reports of thefts of election and other signs from residential yards in the Kemp Mill area. Victims reported that the suspect would also put a sticker on their car(s).
The thefts of signs continued to on or about September 15. In total, detectives have identified 22 victims.
During the investigation, Levy was developed as a suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he turned himself in to detectives yesterday (October 29). He was transported to the Central Processing Unit.
Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a burglary that occurred at a law office in Silver Spring. The Police Department is releasing surveillance video of the suspect committing the burglary and is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
The investigation by detectives has determined that on October 17 at approximately 10:50 am, the suspect broke a side window to a law office located on Cedar Street. The suspect stole property to include electronics.
Anyone with information about this suspect or burglary is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6886. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided that leads to an arrest in this case.