5th District Officers’ Quick Actions Save the Lives of Germantown Family as They Were Held Hostage
While some residents of Germantown were worrying about getting their tax returns completed before the midnight deadline on Monday, April 15, one family was worried about surviving the night as a crazed ex-husband held them hostage at gunpoint in their own home for five hours, as he raved about killing them and himself.
5th District Officers, Corporal Sean Santos, Officer Andre Smith, and Officer Elvis Cruz brought the ordeal to a quick end as they entered the residence and captured the suspect as he held a knife to the throat of his wife.
Montgomery County Police arrested 28-year-old Zain U. Imdad, of the 13200 block of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown and charged him with five counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, five counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, five counts of 1st Degree Assault, five counts of 2nd Degree Assault, Home Invasion, Violation of a Protection Order, Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon with the Intent to Injure.
“The efforts of these three officers make me proud to be a Montgomery County Police Officer,” said 5th District Commander, Capt. Mark Plazinski, “They responded to a domestic violence case, where it is clear the suspect intended to do great harm to the victim and her family. Corporal Santos, Officer Smith, and Cruz, were quickly able to take this suspect into custody without anyone, including the suspect being harmed. This is evidence of the quality of officers we hire and the excellent training they receive. I am thankful that they are part of the 5th District Team.”
The quick thinking and bravery of MCPD officers surely saved lives on that Monday. Germantown Pulse has acquired the Statement of Charges and the following harrowing account of what happened in that townhouse over the five hours on April 15 will use fictitious names to protect the innocent victims in this case.
The ordeal began about an hour after “Navin” arrived home from middle-school. As he exited the basement, he was met by Zain Imdad as he left his bedroom to go to the bathroom. Imdad pointed a black handgun at “Navin” and ordered him to hand over his cell phone and go to the basement of the house. Police later determined that Imdad had broken into the home by cutting the glass on a sliding glass door and removed the 2x4 from the door track which was used prevented it from moving.