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Man arrested after spitting on police officer


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two men were arrested after one of them spat on a police officer during a call for a noise complaint.

Bryant Boyd, 36, and Leonard Navarro, 19, both of Takoma Park, Md., for second degree assault, disorderly conduct and hindering.

On March 20, at approximately 8:45 p.m., police responded to the 8100 block of Roanoke Avenue in Takoma Park, where they advised Boyd and Navarro to cease their disorderly actions, police say. Both Boyd and Navarro began yelling profanities at the officers, which drew a crowd of onlookers.

Man arrested for sex assault at Md. hotel


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Hyattsville man has been charged with second degree rape and assault after an incident at a hotel in Takoma Park, say police.

According to police, 44-year-old Misael Portillo is charged with 2nd Degree Rape, False Imprisonment and 2nd Degree Assault following a reported sexual assault at a hotel on March 3.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. that day, police say officers responded to the Econo Lodge Hotel in the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue for the report of a sexual assault. Police say the victim was held against her will and sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance, later identified as Portillo.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, say police.

On Tuesday, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Portillo. He was found that evening in Hyattsville, Maryland, and taken him into custody without incident.


Takoma Park teen missing since Feb. found safe


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park police have found a 17-year-old girl missing since February 19.

Diamond C. Wilson was last heard from on February 19 when she talked to a friend on the phone.

On March 5, police notified the media that Wilson returned home. They say she is safe and in good health.

No other details were immediately available.


Takoma Park Council Member Kay Daniels-Cohen dies at 71


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A council member in Takoma Park died on Thursday, according to city officials.

Kay Daniels-Cohen, 71, of Takoma Park, died after suffering from cancer, city officials said in a news release.

Monday night, the city will honor Daniels-Cohen with a special council meeting.

"The next City Council meeting on Monday night, February 24, will be kept very short, followed by an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts about Kay at the podium. In addition, residents who wish to share "Kay stories" and photos may want to post them on a special Facebook page that has been created," city officials said.

Daniels-Cohen will be remembered for her vigorous work and expertise in recreation, according to city officials.

Teen missing from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park Police are looking for Diana Velasquez.

They say Velasquez was last seen by a friend in Chillum on February 17 at 11:00 p.m.

Police describe Velasquez as a runaway.

Anyone who has information about Velasquez's whereabouts is asked to call police at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14008475.


Police search for two missing Md. runaways


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are seeking the public's assistance in finding two teenage runaways from Takoma Park, Md.

Madison Holliday and Tianna Balboza were last seen in the 700 block of Hudson Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m., police say.

Holliday, 17, is described as a black female, standing 5 feet 1 inch tall, and weighing 220 pounds. Balboza, 14, is described as a black female, standing 5 feet 7 inches, and weighing 175 pounds.

Police believe the two girls are together.

Anyone who has information about Madison Holliday or Tianna Balboza's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14008509 or #14008510.