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MISSING: 17-year-old boy from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK. Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park police need your help finding a missing 17-year-old boy.

Randy Layza was last seen by his father on June 24 in the 6600 block of Gude Avenue.

Police say he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts and carrying a gray backpack.

Anyone who has information about Randy Layza's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14030108.


MISSING: 17-year-old girl from Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park police need your help finding a missing 17-year-old girl.

Monet Nelson was last seen on June 2 in the 700 block of Hudson Avenue.

She is described as a black female, 4'9" tall, weighing 200 lbs.

Anyone who has information about Monet Nelson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #14026025.


Massive tree falls onto Takoma Park home


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Storms Wednesday night caused a tree to fall onto a home in Montgomery County.

The residents of the Cedar Avenue home were not injured when the massive tree fell on the house.

Montgomery County officials say the county's Emergency Command Center handled more than 50 calls between 9 and 10 p.m. during the storms.

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Md. man arrested for disorderly conduct


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- The Takoma Park Police Department arrested a 28-year-old Tuesday for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police arrested Michael Warren, 28, of Takoma Park, Maryland. Deputies responded to the area of Flower Avenue and Jackson Avenue for the report of a loud argument that was happening in the street between a man and two women.

According to authorities, several people in the area were outside because of the noise. One of the deputies tried to get Warren to quiet down, however he did not and started cursing at the officer.

Warren turned around and walked toward one of the women. He grabbed her arm in a violent manner, according to police. Police then asked Warren to sit down on the curb, however he refused to follow instructions and continued to yell and curse at the officer.

Good Samaritan who drove woman to hospital sought


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park police need your help identifying a Good Samaritan who they say found a woman on the side of the road and took her to the hospital.

On June 2 at approximately 4:55 p.m., the man drove a woman to the Washington Adventist Hospital after finding a woman on the side of the road.

Police say the woman had no vital signs when she arrived at the hospital and was pronounced deceased. Her name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

The man was driving a silver Honda Odyssey that had damage to the left rear. Police say he left the hospital before giving any information.

If you are this person, or know this person, please contact Det. Wolff at 301.270.1100.

Large house fire in Takoma Park injures two firefighters.


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- A large fire that broke out in an unoccupied home kept dozens of firefighters busy in Takoma Park early Wednesday morning.

Captain Oscar Garcia, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, says dispatchers received multiple 911 calls reporting the blaze in the 6800 block of Westmoreland Avenue just before 3:00 a.m. Once on scene firefighters found the two-story single family home almost fully engulfed in flames. Additional units were requested immediately. According to Captain Garcia, it took approximately 55 firefighters twenty minutes to douse the fire.

Right now crews are still opening up walls and hitting hot spots. Two firefighters have been transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Suspect wanted in Jiffy Lube robbery in Takoma Park


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Jiffy Lube on New Hampshire Avenue the night of April 7th.

Police say employees were closing the business when a man dressed in a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants entered with a silver handgun. He then jumped over the counter and confronted the nearest employee, according to police.

The man then had a second employee show him where the money was before taking personal property from the employee and fleeing. Police tell us the man ran up the stairs between Mid-Atlantic Seafood and Jiffy Lube and then towards Sheridan Avenue and the wooded line. A K-9 tracked the man's scent from the woods down to 4th and Orchard Avenue where the track was lost.

If you have any information on the suspect or the crime, please contact Detective Greg Wolff at 301-891-7116.