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Suspect Wanted For Nearly 100 Northern Virginia Burglaries Arrested

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Police believe that a burglary suspect arrested in Potomac this week could be the same man responsible for a series of nearly 100 burglaries in Northern Virginia, police tell 9NEWS NOW.

As part of a joint investigation with Fairfax County Police, Montgomery County Police have charged Brad K. Edmonds, 34, of Oxon Hill, with burglary and handgun charges, and police say additional charges may be forthcoming.

Edmonds was taken into custody earlier this week as the joint police task force investigated break-ins and thefts reported in the 11700 block of Lake Potomac Drive. Police say there was at least one burglary, some thefts from cars and an attempted burglary in the same Potomac neighborhood.

Police began focusing on Edmonds, who has a history of burglary, drug, and weapons charges, after a Fairfax County resident reported a suspicious man in a residential neighborhood during late night hours earlier ths month.

Potomac Residential Burglar Arrested

Detectives from the 1st District Special Assignment Team and 1st District Investigative Section have been investigating a series of residential burglaries in Potomac.  Fairfax County has also experienced a series of residential burglaries and detectives from their agency recently contacted 1st District investigators identifying the suspect as Brad Edmonds.

            On November 16 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Fairfax County Police detectives and 1st District investigators were conducting a joint surveillance on Edmonds in the area of Evening Ride Drive in Potomac.  After several hours, this surveillance was concluded when Edmonds departed from the area.

“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Potomac Teen Pleads Guilty in the Death of a Salesman

(AP)- A 16-year-old Potomac resident faces 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2009 death of a 57-year-old car salesman.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Dugan sentenced Artie Ellis to life in prison on Wednesday, with all but 25 years of the sentence suspended. Ellis pleaded guilty to murder in March.

Prosecutors say Ellis and another Potomac teen, Emily Geller, met car salesman Ali Zare when he offered her a ride and that she had sex with him in her basement for $60 several days before he was killed. They say Geller used sex to lure Zare down a darkened path near Bells Mill Elementary School in Potomac where Ellis hit him in the head with a shovel.

Attorneys for Ellis and Geller say neither intended to kill Zare. Geller will be sentenced in late October.

Teens Sentenced After Fatal Attack with Shovel

John J. McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, announced that Artie Ellis, 16, was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 25 years suspended, for Murder in the First Degree today.  Ellis pleaded guilty in front of Judge Dugan on March 15.  

The victim, Ali Zare, was an adult acquaintance of Ellis’ girlfriend, Emily Geller.  On May 10, 2009, Geller arranged to meet the victim.  She lured him down a path into a wooded area adjacent to Bells Mill Road in Potomac.  Geller and Ellis had plotted to hit the victim with a shovel and rob him.  Unfortunately, after Ellis hit him with the shovel, the victim fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement.  The head wound proved fatal.  Ellis and Geller stole the victim’s cash, credit card, cell phone and car.  The teenagers then used the victim’s credit card, and witnesses saw her driving his car.  Police arrested Geller and Ellis in October.

Police Investigate Shooting

POTOMAC, MD. (AP) — Montgomery County police are investigating a shooting that occurred outside a party in affluent Potomac, Md.

Police say a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm early Saturday morning after a dispute between a group of people at a party. The victim had just left the event with friends, but was approached in the street by another group of people believed to have been involved in the earlier dispute.

The two groups exchanged words and someone threw a bottle, according to police, before the victim was shot. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Potomac Man Charged After Embezzling Over $1.6 Million from His Company

A criminal complaint has been filed charging Dwayne Wells, age 50, of Potomac, Maryland, with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle over $1.6 million from a mechanical engineering firm in which he was a part owner. The complaint was filed yesterday and unsealed today upon his arrest. His initial appearance is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.