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Police Seek Help to Locate Missing Bethesda Teenager

Police Seek Help to Locate Missing Bethesda Teenager

The following information comes to us from Montgomery County's Police Family Crimes Division:

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are asking the public for help to locate a teenager missing from Bethesda.

Michael Jeffrey Gura, age 17, of the 4900 block of Sentinel Drive in Bethesda was last seen on July 3. Michael is described as a white male, 6’ tall, weighing 140 pounds, with brown eyes and short, curly brown hair.  The teenager was last seen driving a Gold 1999 Chrysler Sebring 4-door with Maryland tags of GGY-275.

Police and his family are concerned for his welfare because it is uncharacteristic for the teenager not to have contact with his family. 

Anyone with information about Michael Gura’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24hrs).  Callers may remain anonymous.

Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted In DC On Racketeering, Other Charges

Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted In DC On Racketeering, Other Charges

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Eleven alleged MS-13 members have been indicted on federal racketeering and other charges for various violent crimes in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

A 35-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, charges defendants with:

  • taking part in a racketeering conspiracy
  • murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering
  • assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering, and other offenses

The indictment alleges all defendants were MS-13 members at the time of the offenses. MS-13 is a transnational gang with members in the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The indictment alleged that MS-13 engages in racketeering activity to include murder, narcotics distribution, extortion, robberies, and obstruction of justice.

Gas Station Theft from Auto

Gas Station Theft from Auto

This morning, at approximately 7:18 a.m., a theft from auto occurred in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station).  The victim pulled up to the station and began to pump gas at the pump farthest from New Hampshire Avenue.  A  gray Mitsubishi Eclipse 2d (late 90's to mid-00's) with tinted windows and one rear tag was seen entering the lot and circling once at 7:17 a.m.

Arrests Made for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary-Community Advisory

Arrests Made for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary-Community Advisory

On January 18, 2010 at approximately 5 p.m. units responded to the 7800 block of Takoma Avenue for a burglary in progress. Once on scene two witnesses advised they saw 5-7 male subjects surrounding the house and attempt to break in. The victim who was home said she heard someone knocking on her door and then saw a group of males outside her residence. She did not answer the door. The victim then heard a loud banging on the side kitchen door and screamed for the suspects to leave.

The suspects ran on foot, fleeing the immediate area.  Responding units circulated the area which resulted in officers spotting and detaining one suspect, a male 17. 

Suspicious Person Approaches Student at Bus Stop

Suspicious Person Approaches Student at Bus Stop

On January 7, 2011, at approximately 7:23 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to Takoma Park Middle School for reports of a suspicious person.  A female middle school student arrived at school and reported to school staff that she had been approached by a suspicious person in his vehicle while waiting for her school bus at Hopewell and Kentland Avenue.  The suspect pulled up next to the victim and began asking her questions to which she would not respond.   The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 35 years old, dark-complexion, mustache, last seen wearing a black winter hat, a bright orange scarf tucked into a black jacket and black or khaki pants.

Citizen Armed Robbery

Citizen Armed Robbery

On December 3, 2010, at approximately 1:01 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to the roadway in the 6900 block of Westmoreland Avenue for reports of a citizen armed robbery.  The victim was walking to her vehicle with her purse and laptop computer.  A small, older black sedan vehicle with the windows rolled down pulled up behind her.  The first suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded property.  The victim complied and the suspect sped off on Walnut Avenue towards Eastern Avenue.  The victim indicated there was a second vehicle very close to the suspect vehicle, described as a dirty white or gray station wagon.  This vehicle was at the scene during the robbery and followed the suspect vehicle.  It is unknown if the second vehicle was a witness or a second suspect vehicle.  The victim was not injured.

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

Prince George's Police Chief's Cars Vandalized

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - A spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department says two cars used by the police chief have been vandalized in recent weeks.

Maj. Andy Ellis says Police Chief Roberto Hylton's cars were shot with a pellet gun in October while parked in his marked spots at police headquarters in Palmer Park. He says a Crown Victoria was shot in the rear window and in a rear quarter panel, and an Impala was shot in a passenger door.

Hylton could be replaced as chief by Rushern Baker, who is being sworn in Monday as county executive.

Two people who represent organizations that support retaining Hylton say they suspect the vandalism is retaliation for what they say are the chief's efforts to hold officers accountable for misconduct.