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Teenager Arrested After Shooting on Crystal Rock Drive

Montgomery County Police have arrested a Germantown teenager after they say he took multiple shots with a handgun a group of people in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown during the evening of Wednesday, June 29.

According to police, 19-year-old Fredis Alexis Mendoza-Giron, who lives in the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive got into a verbal dispute with a group of at least three people, who were outside of the townhouse at 19706 Crystal Rock Drive at about 9:30 pm on June 29. Mendoza-Giron allegedly took out a gun and opened fire, shooting at the group multiple times. Police say he emptied all of the bullets in his handgun while firing at the group, who had scattered for cover. Although Mendoza-Giron was aiming at the individuals, no one was struck or injured in the shooting, according to MCPD.

Once the intended victims realized that the gun was empty, they began to chase Mendoza-Giron. He took off and fled. While fleeing, he forced his way into neighboring townhouse unit in the 19700 block Crystal Rock Drive, which is where responding police captured him.

Mendoza-Giron was charged with three counts of First-Degree Assault, three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Using a Firearm in the Commission of Violent Crime, and one count of Burglary in the First-Degree. He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on $150,000 bond and a preliminary hearing, in this case, is scheduled for July 29 in District Court in Rockville.

Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from June 27 through July 6, 2016.

Police reported three commercial burglaries between June 29 and July 5.

The first commercial burglary occurred at the Gables at Water’s Landing’s Clubhouse located at 20700 Crystal Hill Circle at 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 29. Police report forced entry, but nothing was taken.

A second commercial burglary took place at Damascus Auto Body at 26100 Woodfield Road in Damascus in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 30. No forced entry but property and cash was stolen. Police say the suspect, in this case, is a white male between the ages of 30 and 35.

A third commercial burglary occurred at the Seneca Convenience Store in the Germantown Square Shopping Plaza on the corner of Wisteria Drive and Great Seneca Highway. Police say a white male suspect, of unknown age, attempted to break into the business at 6:00 am on July 4.

5th District Police also reported two residential burglaries between June 29 and July 1. The first took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 29 in the 26100 block of Viewland Drive. Police report forced entry, and property taken.

The second residential burglary took place in the 12700 block of Found Stone Road in Germantown in the early morning hours of Friday, July 1. Police report forced entry, but nothing taken.

Montgomery County Police reported multiple thefts from vehicles occurred in the area of Lullaby Road in the early morning hours of Friday, July 1. No force; property taken.

MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred, and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication, on July 14.