Suspects Arrested for Possession of Drugs, Stolen License Plates, and Burglary Tools Following Pursuit in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Mateo Reyes-Vanega, age 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, age 27, both of Baltimore, with crimes to include theft of license plates, possession of burglary tools, and possession of crack cocaine.  Detectives continue to investigate the possibility that Vasquez-Chavarria and Reyes-Vanega have been involved in additional crimes in the area.

On September 23 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of Route 29 (Colesville Road) and Georgia Avenue.  The officer observed an Acura make erratic maneuvers on southbound Route 29, to include turning left onto Georgia Avenue from the incorrect lane and failing to stop for the red light at Ellsworth Drive. The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura at Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.  The officer checked the registration of the Acura and determined that the license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from Baltimore City.

Officers pursued the Acura as it continued north on Georgia Avenue.  The vehicle struck a curb at the entrance to Interstate 495 (I-495) and became disabled.  The driver, identified as Reyes-Vanega, was arrested.  The passenger, identified as Vasquez-Chavarria, fled from the vehicle but was arrested by officers following a foot pursuit.

A search of the Acura uncovered evidence to include crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, two stolen license plates (both stolen from the Baltimore area), tools commonly used to commit theft and burglary, and a vehicle part which is commonly stolen from operable vehicles.

Officers determined that Reyes-Vanega had a warrant for his arrest from a neighboring jurisdiction for felony theft and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria had a warrant for his arrest from a surrounding jurisdiction for first-degree assault and felony theft.

Both suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Reyes-Vanega is being held without bond.  Reyes-Vanega was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond (no payment due at time of release).

Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria

Mateo Reyes-Vanega

Suspect Arrested for Possession of a Handgun and Drugs Following Vehicle Pursuit

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-2nd District have arrested and charged Talal Bangna, age 20, of Laurel, with crimes to include possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor (under 21), possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it, and traffic-related offenses.

On September 22 at approximately 11:40 p.m., a 2nd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of southbound Interstate 270 (I-270) and Montrose Road when he observed a black Honda travelling in front of him drifting between lanes.  The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Honda.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.

Officers pursued the Honda as it continued south on I-270 and then on to Interstate 495 (I-495).  The pursuing officers observed the driver throwing objects out of the driver’s window which were later determined to be fraudulent narcotic prescriptions.

In the area of I-495 and New Hampshire Avenue, the Honda struck another vehicle and then a median.  The Honda became disabled and the driver (and sole occupant of the vehicle), identified as Bangna, was arrested.  The driver of the struck vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

Officers searched Bangna’s vehicle and located evidence to include a loaded handgun with an extended magazine on the driver’s floorboard, a loaded magazine in the driver’s side door, drug-related paraphernalia, and marijuana.  When searching Bangna, officers located a large amount of cash on his person.

Bangna was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released after posting a $3,500 bond.

Talal Bangna (only side view available at this time)

 

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Woman

Update: September 24, 2020 – Kendra Carrigan Gress 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 woman.

Kendra Carrigan Gress, age 25, was last seen at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21, leaving the Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center located at 19731 Germantown Road in Germantown.

Gress is approximately 5’9″ tall and weighs approximately 245 pounds.  She has red hair and blue eyes.

Gress was last seen wearing a hospital gown and Crocs.

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

Kendra Gress

Concern for Missing Germantown Man (LOCATED)

UPDATE: 9/22/2020 – Mr. Waters has been located safe and unharmed.

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

Ricardo Royce Waters, age 34, of Thunderhead Way, was last seen at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21, exiting a bus at the Germantown Transit Center.

Waters is approximately 5’7″ tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  Waters walks with a limp.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a rust-colored sweatshirt, and was carrying a reusable bag from Giant.

Waters has medical concerns and functions at a teenage level.

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

Ricardo Waters

(LOCATED) Silver Alert Issued for Missing Bethesda Man with Alzheimer’s

Update: September 22, 2020 – Douglas Alexander has been located safe and unharmed. The Silver Alert has been canceled. 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing from Bethesda.  A Silver Alert has been activated for 78-year-old Douglas Alexander.  Alexander has Alzheimer’s.

Douglas Alexander of Jamestown Court in Bethesda was last seen at his residence at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21.

Alexander is approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has gray hair (is balding) and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue sports jacket over a white shirt and a tie.

Alexander is driving a tan 2015 Volkswagen Golf with Maryland tags: 6CC3126.

Anyone with information regarding Douglas Alexander’s whereabouts or anyone who sees his vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1.

Douglas Alexander