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Police release suspect vehicle photo in fatal crash in Montgomery County

TAKOMA PARK, MD—The Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Monday, June 3, 2024 in the 1100 block of University Blvd. E.

At approximately 1:17 p.m., Takoma Park police officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene following reports of a man found in the roadway with serious head injuries. The victim was located in the eastbound lanes and was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C., confirmed that the injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation, the victim, a pedestrian, was struck by a westbound vehicle that then fled onto Lebanon St. into Prince George’s County.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a black 1999-2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab pickup with expected minor damage to the left side.

The victim has been described as a Hispanic male, between 30 and 40 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, with a short goatee. At the time of the incident he was wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark blue sweatpants.

This investigation remains active and ongoing as detectives work to identify the victim and locate the suspect responsible for this tragic event. Anyone with information is asked to come forward to assist the investigation.

  • Police release suspect vehicle photo in fatal crash in Montgomery County

    TAKOMA PARK, MD—The Montgomery County Department of Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) is currently investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Monday, June 3, 2024 in the 1100 block of University Blvd. E.

    At approximately 1:17 p.m., Takoma Park police officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene following reports of a man found in the roadway with serious head injuries. The victim was located in the eastbound lanes and was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C., confirmed that the injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation, the victim, a pedestrian, was struck by a westbound vehicle that then fled onto Lebanon St. into Prince George’s County.

    The vehicle involved is believed to be a black 1999-2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab pickup with expected minor damage to the left side.

    The victim has been described as a Hispanic male, between 30 and 40 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, with a short goatee. At the time of the incident he was wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark blue sweatpants.

    This investigation remains active and ongoing as detectives work to identify the victim and locate the suspect responsible for this tragic event. Anyone with information is asked to come forward to assist the investigation.

  • Little Egg Harbor man sentenced to twelve years for theft

    OCEAN COUNTY, NJ—Christopher Hurley, a 27-year-old resident of Little Egg Harbor, has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison for a robbery committed in 2022. Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced the sentence, which was handed down by the Honorable Kimarie Rahill, JSC, on June 7, 2024.

    The incident in question occurred on February 5, 2022 at a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 9 in Berkeley Township. Hurley, armed with a knife, threatened a cashier and successfully stole money from the store. Berkeley Township police responded to the scene following the robbery and initiated an investigation that led to Hurley’s identification as a suspect.

    Hurley was arrested on an unrelated charge by Toms River Township police on February 22, 2022, and was already in custody at the Ocean County Jail when the theft charge was served on February 25, 2022.

    Under the terms of the No Early Release Act, Hurley must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. This conviction reflects the seriousness of the crime and the commitment of local law enforcement to ensure justice in armed robbery cases.

  • Veteran NYPD Officer Arrested for South Jersey Road Rage Shooting

    NEW YORK, NY—Authorities in Voorhees Township have arrested and charged a New York man in connection with a shooting incident that escalated from an apparent road rage incident. Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Louis Bordi announced the arrest of 27-year-old Hieu Tran, an NYPD officer from Yonkers, NY.

    Tran faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 30-year-old Voorhees Township man.

    Other charges against him include second-degree aggravated assault and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The incident occurred the night of Friday, May 17, at the intersection of Route 73 and Cooper Road, where a multi-vehicle crash led to the discovery of a driver with a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Cooper University Hospital and continues to be treated.

    The investigation, which used surveillance footage, cellphone data and ballistic evidence, identified Tran as the shooter. The ballistic evidence matched Trans’s department-issued firearm. Tran was arrested at NYPD headquarters and is currently being held in New York, awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

    The investigation remains active with the cooperation of multiple agencies, including the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau and the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Unit.

    Tran serves as a public information officer for the New York City Police Department.

  • Four arrested on gun and drug charges in Brooklyn Park traffic stop

    BROOKLYN PARK, MD – Early Friday morning, a routine traffic stop led to the arrest of four people on gun and drug charges. The incident occurred around 1:15 a.m. when an officer stopped a black Mazda 3 on Ritchie Highway near Cedar Hill Boulevard because the vehicle had no insurance.

    During the stop, police discovered a .45 caliber pistol and approximately 332 grams of suspected cannabis in the vehicle.

    The four occupants of the car have been arrested and prosecuted.

    Those arrested include a 16-year-old male from Glen Burnie, Keh’aree Toronta Sellers, a 20-year-old from Brooklyn, Maryland; Da’sjon Malik Ford, a 19-year-old from Pasadena, Maryland; and Orbray Sellers Jr., also 19, of Severn, Maryland. The ongoing investigation is being handled by local police.

  • North Bellmore man convicted of stabbing during St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl

    MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced the sentencing of Martin Carpio, a 36-year-old from North Bellmore, for a violent stabbing that occurred during a St. Patrick’s Day event in March 2023. The incident occurred in Farmingdale, in which a 21-year-old man was seriously injured.

    Carpio was found guilty of first-degree assault, a B felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, an A misdemeanor. However, he was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree assault .

    The altercation began in the early hours of March 5, after a pub crawl called “LepreCon”. According to DA Donnelly, Carpio escalated a confrontation by using a three-inch knife to stab the victim twice in the chest, seriously injuring his lung and diaphragm. The victim required life-saving surgery at Nassau University Medical Center.

    The incident reportedly began when Carpio made inappropriate advances toward a 15-year-old girl, leading to a confrontation with her father and the stabbing of another young man who tried to intervene.

    The trial, which began on May 20, 2024, concluded after six days of jury deliberation. Carpio now faces up to 25 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for August 9, 2024. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joseph Grasso and Alexa Mirotznik.

  • Woman using cell phone charged in fatal crash that killed child and mother of seven

    TOMS RIVER, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced the arrest of Sorah Tyner, 37, of Toms River, following a devastating car crash in Jackson that left two people dead, including one juvenile. Tyner faces multiple charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

    Police said a forensic audit of her cell phone showed she was on the phone at the time of the fatal crash.

    The tragic accident occurred around 5 p.m. on May 30, when Tyner, driving a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica with two minors aboard, reportedly lost control while navigating a curve on East Veterans Highway.

    Her vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a 2010 GMC Terrain driven by Carolina Bonilla-Hernandez, 36, of Jackson. The impact of the crash resulted in significant casualties and injuries.

    Bonilla-Hernandez was transported to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Tyner and the two minors in her car were also taken to the hospital; one juvenile was pronounced dead on arrival. The surviving minor remains in stable condition at the hospital, while Tyner was treated and released.

    A further investigation revealed disturbing details leading to the crash.

    Detectives determined that Tyner’s vehicle had been in the wrong lane for a period of time without corrective action taken to return to the correct lane. In addition, it was determined that one of the minors was not secured in an appropriate car seat appropriate for his age and weight, but was only secured with a seat belt.

    Evidence from a court-authorized search of Tyner’s cell phone indicated she was using the device at the time of the accident. Authorities also noted inconsistencies in her statements at the scene of the accident.

    Tyner was arrested Thursday without incident at her home and is currently being held in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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