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Woman dead after rape outside court house

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Policelights 1ROCKVILLE--A Gaithersburg woman is dead after she was raped late on June 12 in front of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, police confirmed.

Montgomery County Police arrested Marquiz Turner, 16, for raping his ex-girlfriend around 11:40 p.m. after a security guard saw the two fighting outside on surveillance cameras, according to court documents. Police charged Turner as an adult for second-degree rape, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years.

Police said in court documents the victim later began to have “medical issues” and stopped breathing in an ambulance on the way to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam. The cause of death is still unknown, but will be public once the state medical examiner performs an autopsy, said police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

During a brief interview with police before her death, the victim said she and Turner dated for about a month and “ended the relationship because he was always pressuring her” to have sex. She also said she tried to push him away several times during the attack, according to court documents.

Turner, a Winston Churchill High School student, said he and the victim exchanged Facebook and text messages throughout that week and he believed they made an agreement that they would have sex after seeing a movie Friday night.

During an interview after the arrest, Turner told Detective Deana Mackie that he became angry when the victim “backed away from the agreement” and that she owed him this sexual favor. In court documents, police said Turner admitted to Mackie that he knew he was wrong to force himself on the victim.

He has no previous criminal history, but “displayed very little emotion” when he was told about the victim’s death, according to the documents. Turner is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in District Court on June 26.

"This is a troubling case,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “ We await the medical examiner's report and are keeping all our options open moving towards completion of the investigation by police."

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Rockville man confesses to murder

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Scott-Tomaszewski-166x300ROCKVILLE – Police say a Rockville man confessed he brutally murdered his neighbors and then left town for a vacation cruise to Alaska with his parents.

 

Police arrested Scott Tomaszewski, 31, late Saturday for the murder of Richard “Dick” Vilardo, 65, and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo, 67. Police in Alaska detained him when the cruise ship pulled into Juneau on a scheduled stop, said Capt. Paul Starks, spokesperson for the Montgomery County police.

Tomaszewski waived his extradition Tuesday, which means he will not fight Montgomery County’s request to bring him to the county to stand trial, said Montgomery County state’s attorney’s spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.

“The defendant waived his extradition (Tuesday), so the judge decided to hold him for us on a no-bonds status,” Korionoff said. “He is going to be picked up by Montgomery County police for arraignment here. There is no set date, but (police) are working on the logistics for that transfer.”

Korionoff said he believes Tomaszewski will be transferred between the middle and end of next week.

According to Starks, investigators found evidence including blood-soaked cash believed to be from the Vilardo home. Authorities executed a search warrant on Tomaszewski’s Rockville residence and his cruise ship cabin on Saturday.

Tomaszewski confessed to both killings while being questioned by authorities, Starks said.

According to Starks, detectives charged Tomaszewski with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery and one count of first-degree burglary.

The arrest comes only a day after the heartbreaking funeral for the Vilardos, who left behind two children and two grandchildren.

Relatives thanked law enforcement Sunday for bringing them closure so they can “take the first step on the long road to healing.”

“For the past week, we have known the where, the when and the how; now we know who,” the Vilardo family said in a statement.

Neighbors and friends of the Vilardos also reached out to the police Sunday to express their thanks.

“They were very appreciative and expressed their thanks to Chief (Tom) Manger and Capt. Darren Franke and spoke very highly of the Vilardos, what good people they were and what a tragedy this was,” said Montgomery County police spokesperson Officer Nicole Gamard.

Investigators said they believe Tomaszewski entered the Vilardo home early on Mother’s Day through an unlatched window, brutally stabbed both spouses and left the husband dead in the backyard and the wife dead in the home.

After the couple did not show up for planned Mother’s Day activities with their family, their daughter Katherine went to their house, where she found her parents dead, and alerted authorities, Starks said.

Police also said Tomaszewski had committed more crimes in the neighborhood.

On Easter, a burglary occurred on the same street where the Vilardos lived, and as part of the investigation, Starks said, law enforcement learned Tomaszewski had pawned items on April 20 that had been taken from the burglarized house.

According to police, the investigation on Tomaszewski remains open.

“Our investigation is ongoing. Whether that includes other crimes or not, that’s all part of the investigation,” Gamard said.

According to Starks, once the extradition process is complete, Tomaszewski will be transported to Montgomery County for arraignment.

 

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County learns Baltimore lesson

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joseph kent manning his lineROCKVILLE - In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, Montgomery County had a presence of about 50 officers at all times in Baltimore to assist when riots sprang from peaceful protests. But Council President George Leventhal (D-At large) said it is hard to know how Montgomery County would react if such a death occurred here.

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Police to add body cameras

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Manger pic for body camsROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Police Department plans to begin piloting body-worn cameras on as many as 100 officers in May or June, Assistant Chief of Police Luther Reynolds said Monday.

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Police hunt for vandals in Olney

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Olney vandalism video stillResidents who live in Olney are keeping one eye open when they go to bed now, after 21 residents had their vehicles vandalized over the weekend.

Police say the vehicles were vandalized in four neighborhoods, Georgia Avenue and King William Drive, Cashell and Bowie Mill Road, Old Baltimore and Gold Mine roads and the section of Olney Sandy Spring Road between Sherwood High School and Brooke Road.

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