Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A roundup of our top crime headlines from the month of February.
A sex offense at a Bethesda spa, an emergency room patient who threatened to shoot a police officer at Suburban Hospital, and a Walt Whitman High School student charged after allegedly robbing another student in a school bathroom. These are a few of the top Bethesda crime headlines from the month of February. Get caught up on this month's crime news:
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Five suspects wore ski masks as they attacked one of the victims, according to police.
Two attempted robberies in downtown Bethesda during the weekend of Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 are likely related, according to a Montgomery County police recent crime summary. In each case, a group of men assaulted and attempted to rob a male victim during nighttime or early morning hours, Montgomery County Police second district commander Capt. David Falcinelli told Patch this month. In one case, the assailants were wearing ski masks, according to the summary. Neither of the victims reported the incident to police, Falcinelli said. The first incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, Falcinelli said. An employee of a business on Bethesda Lane had just finished his night shift and was walking to the Metro along Woodmont Avenue when three …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Two men stole property from a victim outside an apartment building, according to police.
Two men stole property from a victim outside an apartment building at 4900 Battery Lane early Friday afternoon, according to Montgomery County police. The robbery was first reported by Bethesdanow.com. The two male suspects were last seen in a car driving on Old Georgetown Road towards the Capital Beltway, according to Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti. It wasn't clear whether the victim was injured or whether any weapons were used. Another incident was reported Nov. 18 near Battery Lane during which a man threatened a victim with what he said was a knife, Patch reported.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The opportunity for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles increase during the holidays, police say.
As holidays approach, Montgomery County police warn residents to be extra vigilant for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles. According to a police statement, the opportunity for these incidents increase during the holidays. In addition to the police department’s yearly “Shop with a Cop” campaign, Montgomery County police have released the following safety tips: When shopping: When out walking: At home:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
More robberies and assaults have been reported YTD in 2012 than this time last year, according to crime statistics provided by Montgomery County Police's second district commander.
More robberies and assaults have been reported in Mongomery County police's second district through the end of September in 2012 than at the same time last year, according to recent crime statistics. However, property crimes—including residential burglaries, car thefts and thefts from autos—are on the decline, according to statistics provided by second district Commander Capt. David Falcinelli. The second district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and portions of southern Rockville and Kensington. During the first three quarters of 2012, 47 robberies have been reported in the second district. That's up 30.6 percent from 36 robberies during the same months in 2011, according to the crime summary. Falcinelli wrote that a number of those cases …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Montgomery County police reported only one residential shed burglary in the Wheaton area for the last week in October following a week of multiple armed robberies.
The third week of October marked a high point for crime in the Wheaton area, with police reports of four armed robberies, two strong-arm robberies and four burglaries in the Wheaton area. Yet the following week, Oct. 22-31, yielded only the report of a burglarized shed the night before Halloween in the same police beats. The Montgomery County Police Department regularly releases compiled crime reports to the public, pooling weekly data from each police beat. The string of robberies one week and the lone burglary the next week took place in Wheaton's two main police beats, which the department designates as Lincoln 1 and Lincoln 2 in the Fourth District. (See the police department's website to find a map of police beats in Montgomery County…
Monday, November 5, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Montgomery County police have released the latest crime report for the Fourth District, from Oct. 15-22. The list published here is not comprehensive, but rather selects incidents that occurred in or near Wheaton. An armed robbery occurred in the 2900 block of Kingswell Drive in Wheaton on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:50 p.m. The suspects threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. A strong-arm robbery occurred in the area of Valleywood Drive and Henderson Road in Wheaton on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9:00 a.m. The suspects assaulted the victim and removed property. An armed robbery occurred in the 11200 block of Grandview Ave. in Silver Spring on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:47 p.m. The suspects threatened the victims with a weapon and …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Town of Chevy Chase reported that two robberies have occurred in the Wisconsin Avenue tunnel near Elm Street Park this month.
Two "similar strong-arm robberies" have been reported this month in the tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, near Elm Street Park, the Town of Chevy Chase reported in an email alert. The first incident occurred on Friday, July 6, at 7:45 p.m.: "[Two] suspects (one wearing a bandana over his face and brandishing a knife) approached the victim and demanded his backpack. The victim was punched in the face when he refused to turn over his belongings; both suspects then fled on foot," the town reported. Then, two weeks later (on Friday, July 20), the second incident occurred at 8 p.m.: "[The] victim encountered a group of four teens. One suspect approached and punched the victim in the face, causing both parties to fall to the ground. Another suspect…
Monday, January 9, 2012
24 burglaries in December and 15 in January reported in Bethesda, North Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas, according to Montgomery County police.
A rash of residential burglaries has struck the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and North Bethesda areas in December and January, according to a recent crime alert released by Montgomery County police. 24 burglaries were reported in the second district in December and 15 had been reported in January as of Jan. 5, according to the alert, sent out to residents by Dana Stroman, a county police community services officer. Seven of the burglaries may be related to a recent burglary spike in the Town of Chevy Chase, and three other burglary trends are either new or have spilled over from other districts, according to Stroman. Capt. David Falcinelli, second district commander, will brief the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board on the recent …