September 16, 2019 | Maryam Shahzad

Officials Still Investigating 2016 Disappearance of Gaithersburg Man

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and the FBI are still investigating the disappearance of Ronal Giovani Vasquez-Flores in 2016, the MCPD said in a statement Monday.  Vasquez-Flores is from Gaithersburg and was 23 when he disappeared on July 16, 2016. Investigators think he was a victim of foul play and that his disappearance is […]

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August 2, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Detective: Kentlands Graffiti Likely the Work of Silver Spring Street Gang

The gang responsible for the graffiti found on a fence in Kentlands is likely the Schuyler Road Crew, according to a Montgomery County police detective. “They are a neighborhood gang or a hybrid group,” said Detective Sgt. C.J. Bullock of the Criminal Street Gang Unit in an email to MyMCMedia. A neighborhood gang is formed […]

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July 30, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Police Call Kentlands Graffiti Gang Related

A Gaithersburg police spokesman said Monday that graffiti spray-painted on a fence in Kentlands is gang related. Officer Dan Lane said the “SRC” marking in the graffiti pointed to a gang in Silver Spring. However, he said there was no evidence to believe that there are gang-related activities — that is, robberies or assaults — […]

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July 24, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Graffiti, Thefts from Garages Investigated in Kentlands

Gaithersburg police are investigating a series of break-ins and an incident of potentially gang-related graffiti in the Kentlands neighborhood. The graffiti, painted on a fence, includes the phrase, “Revolucion o muerte,” which is Spanish for “Revolution or death.” Officer Dan Lane said investigators were treating the graffiti as vandalism. But is it gang related? “We’re […]

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March 15, 2018 | Staff Writer

Silver Spring Man Convicted for Role in Gang Murder, Prosecutors Say

A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Silver Spring man in connection with gang activity. Prosecutors believe the man is a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Raul Ernesto Landaverde-Giron was found guilty of murder in aid of racketeering, and for that charge he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, according to a […]

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January 8, 2018 | Staff Writer

Va. Teen Pleads Guilty to Killing Gaithersburg Girl Who Went Missing

Just one year after a missing Gaithersburg teen’s body was found in Virginia, her suspected killer pleaded guilty in a Virginia court Monday. Venus Romero Iraheta, who was 17 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to first degree murder for the killing of Damaris Reyes Rivas, 15, of Gaithersburg, the Washington Post reports. Iraheta […]

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October 3, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Council Approves Extra Funding To Fight Gangs in County

Montgomery County police and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office will be getting nearly $844,000 to help combat gangs in the county, after action Tuesday by the County Council. The police will receive nearly $600,000 and the money will be used to restructure its Central Street Gang Unit allowing two sections to work together, according […]

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July 18, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

UPDATE: Leggett Plans More Resources to Combat Gangs in County

UPDATE: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will meet with Police Chief Tom Manger and State’s Attorney John McCarthy within the next month to decide how to provide more resources to law enforcement to combat increasing gang activity, Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Tuesday. “We want to make sure we’re doing it in the most effective […]

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July 1, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Youth Convicted for Orchestrating Gang Attack (VIDEO)

A 17-year-old Montgomery Village teenager was convicted Thursday for ordering assaults on two victims just because they were wearing the wrong gang colors near the Lakeforest mall, the State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday. Jose Zaldivar-Medina, who was described as a member of the violent MS-13 gang, faces 63 years in prison for the April 7, […]

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June 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Teen Gets 34 Years for Roles in Two Homicides

A 19-year-old from Gaithersburg received 34 years in prison for the roles he played in two 2015 deaths, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Edwin E. Reyes-Martinez was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court for second-degree murder and accessory after the fact, the state’s attorney’s office said. Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg […]

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