Edit ModuleShow Tags

BETHESDA | CHEVY CHASE | GAITHERSBURG | KENSINGTON | NORTH BETHESDA | POTOMAC | ROCKVILLE | SILVER SPRING

Two Die After Stabbing at Westfield Wheaton Mall

Investigators scouring security footage


Published:

Updated 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Montgomery County police released Wednesday the name of one victim in Tuesday's double stabbing at Westfield Wheaton that left two dead.

The victim was identified as Angel Alfredo Pineda-Gomez, 22, of Silver Spring, according to a police message posted in Twitter. The name of the second victim has not been confirmed, the police tweet said.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage as they search for the person responsible for the stabbings, news reports said.

Investigators are working to confirm a description of the perpetrator, police said.

The mall re-opened Wednesday morning after closing as officers investigated the incident Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to the mall at 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, after a 911 call at 3:17 p.m., according to a police department press release.

Police, as well as fire and rescue personnel, responded to the mall and found two men suffering from stab wounds on the lower level, police said. They were taken to area hospitals where both died from their injuries, police said.

Police said investigators believe that the stabbings occurred during a fight involving the victims and the perpetrator in the lower level of the mall. Investigators are looking for a motive, police said.

“We shut down the mall and were watching people that exited as well as shutting down roadways and notifying the Metro and working with allied agencies,” police Lt. Nicholas Augustine told WTOP on Tuesday.

Shoppers said they heard an announcement asking them to leave, according to NBC Washington.

Police urge anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Crime Solvers can be reached at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Investigation of the incident caused delays on the Red Line, according to Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. The Wheaton Metro station is adjacent to the mall.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Montgomery Police To Investigate Whether National Bomb Threat Suspect Made Call to Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

An Israeli teen is thought to have made many of the threats to Jewish communities

Weekend Events: PotterCon; One Woman Sex and the City

What’s happening from March 24-26

Rockville High Increases Police Security After Threatening Phone Call

MCPS superintendent says racist messages, threats ‘will not be tolerated’

Bethesda, Chevy Chase Billionaires Make Forbes List; Teens Spotted Throwing Large Rocks At I-270 Motorists

News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday morning
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored Content

Downtown Crown's Beer Festival

Join us for the Maryland Day Beer Festival featuring sampling of 20 exclusive beers from 10 local breweries and signature dishes from select Downtown Crown restaurants.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags