The Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections, have charged Muhammad Taha, age 29, of the 23300 block of Observation Drive in Clarksburg, with crimes related to two incidents occurring in Germantown and Gaithersburg. The same individual was arrested in Prince William County, Virginia, and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run, and other charges for events that occurred on March 24, 2019, in the Manassas area.
On March 22, 2019, officers from the 6th District responded to the Islamic Center of Maryland Mosque located at 19411 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg, for the report of an injured person. Investigation revealed that the victim was walking on the property when he was struck by a vehicle which then fled the area. The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Surveillance footage was able to capture parts of the incident. A description of the vehicle and evidence was recovered on the scene.
On March 24, 2019, officers from the 5th District responded to the Islamic Society of Germantown located at 19825 Blunt Road in Germantown, for the report of a suspicious situation. Investigation revealed a vehicle had been seen circling the parking lot before the driver exited the vehicle and used a brick to vandalize a parked vehicle in the lot. The driver then drove away from the scene after striking an additional parked car.
Later in the day on March 24, 2019, the same suspect struck and killed a woman with his vehicle in the area of the 9600 block of Cloverhill Road, in Manassas, Virginia. Prince William County Sheriffs, based off of a lookout placed by the Manassas City Police, were able to find the vehicle and suspect matching the description of the homicide nearby. Muhammad Taha was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Felony Hit & Run and other charges related to the incident.
Detectives from the 5th and 6th District Investigative Sections have now connected all the events to Muhammed Taha. Taha has been charged with following offenses:
CR 2-206 Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
CR 3-202 1st Degree Assault
CR 6-301 Malicious Destruction of Property (2 counts)
Representatives of all six police districts have been in communication with the Mosques within Montgomery County since the initial event occurred.
Detectives believe these are isolated events related directly to Taha who remains in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on a no bond status.
The Montgomery County Department of Police wish to thank the Manassas City Police Department and the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this case.
-- News release from Montgomery County Police