11/15/2007 2:13:00 PM

Update: Suspect Charged for Fatal Stabbing in Gaithersburg and Series of Criminal Incidents Now Linked

Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section and detectives from the 1st and 5th/6th District Investigative Sections have been investigating a series of criminal incidents which have now all now been linked and determined to be gang-related. The suspects and victims from all of these incidents are members of local gangs who identify themselves with the nationally-known Bloods and Crips gangs.

The following incidents have been linked:
• 11/5/07 / 3:30 p.m.: Stabbing assault - Off-Price Center on Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg.
• 11/5/07 / 6:30 p.m.: Fatal stabbing - Transit Bus Center on Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg.
• 11/6/07 / 5:20 p.m.: Stabbing assault – Goshen Road and Odendhal Avenue in Gaithersburg
• 11/12/07 / 9:00 p.m.: Shooting – Shady Grove Metro bus stop in Rockville

The following individuals have been arrested and charged:
• 11/5/07 Stabbing assault – Michael Anthony Walker
• 11/5/07 Fatal stabbing – Ronald Antoine
• 11/6/07 Stabbing assault – Yadale A. Martinez
Tremaine A. Dorn
Kevin O. Churchill
Philip Cromwell
Tiffany L. Palmer
• 11/12/07 Shooting – active investigation, further details to be released when appropriate to the investigation.

Last night, officers charged the suspect responsible for the fatal stabbing that occurred on November 5, at the Transit Bus Center in Gaithersburg. Ronald Antione, age 16, of the 400 block of North Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg was charged as an adult with first-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of Robert Troy Jackson. He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center, and is expected to have his bond hearing today.

On November 5, at approximately 6:31 p.m., Gaithersburg City Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the Transit Bus Center, located at the 9600 block of Lost Knife Road, for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred. Responding officers found the victim on the ground suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper torso. The victim, Robert Troy Jackson, age 21, of the 18500 block of Owl Run Way in Germantown, was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Through the course of the investigation it was learned that the suspect and victim had been involved in a verbal altercation.

This fatal stabbing has been linked to a previous stabbing which occurred on November 5, at approximately 3:30 p.m., in the Wendy’s Restaurant in the Off-Price Shopping Center on Lost Knife road in Gaithersburg. There a 19-year-old male victim from Germantown was stabbed in the hand. On November 13, Michael Anthony Walker, age 18, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and intent to injure with a dangerous weapon for the November 5 stabbing. He is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. on November 6, 6th District officers responded to Goshen Road near the 500 block of Odendhal Avenue in Gaithersburg for the report of a stabbing that had just occurred. A 26-year-old male victim from Gaithersburg was found suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. On November 7, five suspects were arrested and charged as adults with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder: Yadale A. Martinez, age 21, of the 500 block of Woodston Road in Rockville; Tremaine A. Dorn, age 16, of the 400 block of Girard Street in Gaithersburg; Kevin O. Churchill, age 18, of the 500 block of King Farm Boulevard in Rockville; Philip Cromwell, age 15, of the 9800 block of Pier Point Drive in Gaithersburg; and Tiffany L. Palmer, age 16, of the 20200 block of Red Buckeye Court in Germantown.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on November 12, at the bus stop at the Shady Grove Metro, two victims were waiting at the bus stop. Two male suspects and at least one other male were arguing with the two victims, when the black male suspect told the white male suspect to shoot the victims. The white male suspect produced a handgun and fired several shots at the victims. An 18-year-old victim from Rockville was shot through the hand. The other victim, a 15-year-old from Gaithersburg, was grazed by a bullet to his leg. Neither injury was life-threatening. Both were transported to area hospitals for treatment. This incident is still under very active investigation.

As a result of these incidents, Montgomery County Police in collaboration with Gaithersburg Police and City of Rockville Police, have deployed proactive enforcement details in the areas where these crimes have occurred, where gang members are known to operate, and where gang members are known to live. These areas have been saturated by police. These intensive collaborative efforts have resulted in multiple arrests.

Assistant Chief Wayne Jerman, Director of the Investigative Services Bureau said, “It is difficult to attribute this recent gang violence to a single factor. These recent incidents appear to be based on personal disagreements between gang members. Our department is coordinating a multi-agency comprehensive effort to reduce gang violence in our community. We are identifying and charging the individuals responsible for these criminal actions. There will be a continuing visible police presence in the Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown areas to enable any and all gang violence to be dealt with swiftly and firmly.”

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