Child Kidnapped, Rescued
Montgomery County police detectives from the Family Crimes Division and the 2nd District Investigative Section are investigating an incident in which a 3-year-old boy was taken from an apartment in North Bethesda on Oct. 17.
Police said it happened at 10:41 a.m., when 2nd District patrol officers responded to a single-vehicle, hit-and-run collision at Rockville Pike and Tuckerman Lane. Shortly after arriving on the scene, a woman reported that a man had just broken into her first floor apartment in the 5200 block of Tuckerman Lane. As patrol officers and detectives responded to that incident, another 911 call was received reporting that a child had just been taken from a third floor apartment in the same building.
Officers quickly locked down that building and established a perimeter outside the building. Shortly after beginning a floor-by-floor search of the building, police said the suspect and the boy were found in the stairway of a nearby parking garage.
According to police, the boy was rescued by officers, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The child appeared unharmed and, after an assessment by Fire and Rescue personnel, the boy was reunited with his family.
Investigators determined that entry was made into the first floor apartment by breaking a rear window. At some point, the building’s fire alarm was activated which prompted a woman on the third floor to exit her apartment to investigate. It was at this point that the suspect entered the third floor apartment and took the child, according to police.
Police said it was also determined that the suspect was operating the vehicle which was involved in the original collision.
Detectives are charging Shervin Hessamfar, age 27, of the 5200 block of Tuckerman Lane with Kidnapping a child under 16 and two counts of Burglary. Investigation is continuing by the Family Crimes Division. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives at 240.773.5400.