Concern for Missing Germantown Man

George Lerch

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

George Lerch, age 59, of Winterspoon Lane was last seen on foot by family at approximately 5:00 p.m. yesterday (Saturday, July 4) on Macarthur Boulevard near I-495 in the Cabin John area.  Family has been unable to contact him since that time.

Lerch is approximately 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He has grey hair and brown eyes.  Lerch was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

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

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

(LOCATED) Fourth District Officers Investigating Case of Found Child; Ask for Public’s Help to Locate Parents or Guardians

Found child, believed to be named Andrew

Update: July 4, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. – A parent/guardian for Andrew has been located. 

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Fourth District Station are attempting to locate the parents or guardians of a male child who was found walking alone along Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill this afternoon.

This afternoon (Saturday, July 4), at 4:35 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call regarding a child seen walking alone on Hewitt Avenue.  Responding officers located the child walking on Hewitt Avenue near Georgia Avenue.  The child told officers that his name is Andrew and that he is 5 years old.  He is unable to tell officers where he lives.  The child was transported to the 4th District Station where he is currently being cared for by police until his parents or guardians can be located.

Officers are releasing a photograph of the child to the public and are asking that anyone who recognizes this child to contact officers at the 4th District Station at 240-773-5500 or to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

(LOCATED) Concern for Two Missing Teenagers

Update: July 4, 2020 – Amen Alemu and Nardos Yeshitila have been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenage female from the Wheaton area and a missing teenage female from the Aspen Hill area.  Both females are believed to be traveling together.

Amen Alemu, age 15, of University Boulevard West, has been reported as missing by her family.  Alemu is 5’2” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.

Nardos Yeshitila, age 16, of Dauphine Street, has been reported as missing by her family.  Yeshitila is 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family believe that Alemu and Yeshitila are traveling together and are concerned for both girls’ welfare.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Amen Alemu and Nardos Yeshitilia is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs). Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Amen A. Alemu

Nardos Yeshitila

Update: Sixth Suspect Arrested for Wheaton Homicide

Jose Luis Lainez-Martinez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Jose Luis Lainez-Martinez, age 26, of the 10300 block of Tulsa Drive in Adelphi, for the May 26 homicide of 29-year-old Francisco Anton Medrano-Campos. 

Detectives had previously arrested and charged Carlos Andres Orellana, age 21, of the 2200 block of Greenery Lane in Silver Spring, Daniel E. Huezo Landaverde, age 19, of the 12300 block of Bush Drive in Silver Spring, Oscar Effrain Zavala-Urrea, age 19, of the 3400 block of Hampton Hollow Drive in Silver Spring, Romeo Almengor Oxlaj-Lopez, age 20, of the 2300 block of Glenallen Avenue in Silver Spring, and Victor Alfonso Cruz-Orellana, age 21, of the 2700 block of Randolph Road in Silver Spring, for Medrano-Campos’ murder.

On Tuesday, May 26, at approximately 7:07 am, officers from the 4th District were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred in the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers discovered Medrano-Campos suffering from gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were taken, but Medrano-Campos succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

During the investigation, detectives identified Orellana, Landaverde, Zavala-Urrea, Oxlaj-Lopez, Cruz-Orellana, and Lainez-Martinez as the suspects in Medrano-Campos’ homicide.  Investigators obtained arrest warrants for the six suspects charging them with one count each of first-degree murder.

On June 29, Lainez-Martinez was arrested on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.  Lainez-Martinez is being held without bond.

 

Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism to Wilson Wims Elementary School

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police -5th District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism that occurred to the Wilson Wims Elementary School located at 12520 Blue Sky Drive in Clarksburg.

On Thursday, June 18, a Wilson Wims Elementary School employee reported to police that she had discovered racially-themed words spray-painted on a sidewalk near the side of the school.

On Wednesday, June 24, an additional Wilson Wims Elementary School employee reported that he had discovered racially-themed words spray-painted on the roof overhang of a portable classroom.

Investigators believe that the vandalism occurred sometime between June 17 and June 18.  Detectives are asking residents who live near the school and who have home surveillance cameras, to review their surveillance video during the June 17 to June 18 time frame for any suspicious activity at or around the school.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the suspect(s) is asked to contact the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477).