City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912
For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901
October 7, 2011 (10:12 p.m.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On September 24, 2011, Jordan Allen Kamara, 22, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first degree assault, second decree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent felony, wearing, carrying or transporting a firearm, failure to identify and theft under $1,000.00.
On September 23, 2011, at approximately 11:32 p.m., Takoma Park Police responded to shots fired in the area of Lee Avenue. While responding to the call on northbound New Hampshire Avenue, the officer spotted a green Ford minivan driving on eastbound Sligo Creek Parkway. The van continued northbound on to New Hampshire Avenue. Given the speed, proximity and prior knowledge of a green minivan being the suspect vehicle in multiple shots fired calls on Erskine Street, a traffic stop was initiated. As the van turned right heading eastbound on Erskine Street, the officer activated his emergency equipment. The vehicle stopped at Erskine Street at 13th Avenue. The officer gave direction to the driver, which was ignored. After several requests, the driver complied and placed the keys of the vehicle on the roof of the van. During this time, the passenger of the vehicle, Kamara, bailed out of the vehicle with a semi-automatic handgun. After pointing the weapon at the officer, Kamara fled on foot into the backyard of the homes on 13th Avenue. While maintaining control over the driver, the officer requested additional units and Montgomery County Police K9 and Takoma Park
Police K9 arrived and began searching for Kamara. The driver was taken into custody without further incident, and the vehicle was also taken into custody and impounded pending a search warrant. Takoma Park Police located Kamara in the 7100 block of 13th Avenue and took him into custody without incident.
A Montgomery County Police K9 Officer and his partner conducted a track for evidence and located a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the street in the 7200 block of 13th Avenue.
Shortly after the arrest of Kamara, he was released on a $20,000 bail. As a result of Kamara’s arrest, and recovery of the weapon, the investigation of this crime has been on-going by the Takoma Park Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives, Tactical Enforcement Unit and the Gang Unit.
The weapon recovered was reported stolen through a State of Virginia Police Department. It was also discovered that Kamara is a convicted felon, which means it is illegal for him to own or possess any firearms in the State of Maryland. Based on this information, an arrest warrant was applied for and obtained charging Kamara with possession of a firearm while being convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and 1st degree assault. This information had not been known at the time about Kamara, because he had given false identification information to the police.
Kamara was arrested on October 7, 2011, by the Montgomery County Police, when he arrived at the Silver Spring District Court for an unrelated traffic offense. Montgomery County Police were alerted by the Takoma Park Gang Investigator that Kamara was wanted on active warrants for violation of probation and theft under $1,000 (stolen handgun). He was also charged with firearm possession with felony convictions. Kamara was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit in Rockville, Maryland.
Takoma Park Police thank all of their units, the gang unit and all of the Montgomery County units for their diligent and professional responses. This was another demonstration of outstanding multi-jurisdictional teamwork at its finest.