MEDIA ADVISORY: Virtual Panel Discussion on Promoting Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement in the Autism Community.

WHAT:

The Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD Unit and Pathfinders for Autism Panel Discussion: Promoting Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement in the Autism Community

WHEN:

October 26th 6:30- 8:30 PM

WHERE:

Virtual via Zoom (registration information below)

SPEAKERS:

Rob Long, Pathfinders for Autism Board member (Moderator)

Officer Laurie Reyes, Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Outreach Unit

Officer Alex Barbour, Baltimore County Police School Resource Officer

Private First Class Herman Hodges, Montgomery County Park Police, Autism Advocate

Deputy First Class Janelle Myers, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Autism Mom

Tom Whalen, Self-Advocate, Member of Pathfinders for Autism Self-Advocates Advisory Committee

BACKGROUND:

The Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Outreach Unit, in partnership with Pathfinders for Autism, will be presenting a panel discussion on ways to promote positive interactions with law enforcement in the Autism community.

The Montgomery County Autism/IDD Unit, since its inception in 2005, has been providing a layered approach to general safety and awareness through education, outreach, empowerment, and response.

This webinar is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

For more information about the discussion as well as the link to register, please visit: https://pathfindersforautism.org/interacting-with-police-webinar/

For more information about the MCPD Autism/IDD Outreach unit please visit our website: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AIDD

Detectives Investigating Commercial Burglary in Wheaton – Suspect Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the September 30 commercial burglary of JJ Multi Services in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the male suspect captured on surveillance video and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On September 30, at approximately 10:55 a.m., officers from the 4th District responded to the JJ Multi Services located at 11252 Triangle Lane in Wheaton for the report of a burglary that had been just discovered by an employee.  A review of the location’s surveillance video revealed that at approximately 7:19 a.m., the suspect forced entry into the business, stole property, and fled.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or this burglary is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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 or via the app.  Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Suspect in Wheaton commercial burglary.

Suspect in Wheaton commercial burglary.

Police Locate Missing 5-year-old Autistic Child in Rockville

On Wednesday, October 7th, at approximately 3:26 p.m., officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District responded to the 10700 block of Kings Riding Way in Rockville for a report of a missing autistic 5-year-old boy.

Based on the circumstances and the risk involved, the officers’ response was elevated to a priority response.  The missing child ran out of the house unexpectedly, and the grandmother was unable to keep up with him.  More than thirty different officers from the 1st District, 2nd District, K9 officers, Maryland-National Capital Region Park Police, and off-duty officers assisted in an extensive search of the area.  The search was coordinated by a Montgomery County Department of Police – Managed Search Operation Team (MSOT) officer.

At approximately 4:12 p.m., officers located the missing child hiding in a vehicle in the 5700 block of Brewer House Circle.  He was unharmed and safely reunited with his mother.

The Montgomery County Department of Police – Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Outreach Unit reached out to the family to provide additional information about wandering prevention and provided a MCPD Wandering Safety Kit.

The Safety Shirts are designed to help individuals who are unable to speak and are in immediate danger.

For more information about the Department’s Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Outreach Unit, please visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AIDD

If your loved ones have wandered away, please call 911 immediately so that police can respond.

Police Continue to Seek Community’s Assistance in Locating Missing Silver Spring Woman with Alzheimer’s (LOCATED)

Pic of Petra Escalante-Lerma

Petra Escalante-Lerma

UPDATE:  Petra Escalante-Lerma has been located safe and unharmed!  Thank you to everyone for your assistance!

The Montgomery County Department of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Silver Spring woman who has Alzheimer’s.  An active search continues and any assistance the community can provide is appreciated.

Petra Escalante-Lerma, age 82, was last seen by family at approximately 9:00 am this morning (October 6) when she left her home in the 13000 block of Connecticut Avenue on foot.  Escalante-Lerma may be utilizing the public transportation system (Ride-On, Metro).

Escalante-Lerma is described as approximately 5’1″ tall, weighs approximately 120 pounds, and has brown eyes and gray hair. She uses a wooden cane to walk.  She was last seen wearing a black and white striped sweater, a white turtleneck, and a green skirt. Escalante-Lerma speaks Spanish.

Anyone with information regarding Petra Escalante-Lerma’s whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department at 301-279-8000 (24/7 phone line).

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Man

Update: October 14, 2020 – Leonard Sweeney has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Gaithersburg man.

Leonard Sweeney, age 29, was last seen by family at approximately 11:00 p.m. last night (Sunday, October 4) when he left his Christopher Avenue home on foot.

Sweeney is described as 5’ 10” tall and weighs 170 pounds.  He has black hair worn in cornrow braids and brown eyes.  Sweeney was last seen wearing a camo-print jacket and black pants.

Police and family are concerned for Leonard Sweeney’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding Leonard Sweeney‘s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

Leonard Sweeney