- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Montgomery County, Md., police say two unrelated home invasions — one in Silver Spring, the other in Sandy Spring — are among the most brutal they have seen, and they urging caution and pleading for clues.
"It has been a long time since anyone breaking in has been this brutal — involving sexual assaults and terrorizing victims," police spokesman Derek Baliles said of the crimes, which were committed last month.
Both men are believed to be armed, dangerous and not far from eastern Montgomery County, where the incidents occurred. Although robbery was a goal in each invasion, both men are charged with molesting victims sexually before fleeing with accomplices.
Darrell Eugene Matthews, 20, of Laurel is sought on 20 counts including attempted murder, sex offense, robbery and burglary all in the first degree as well as reckless endangerment and conspiracy for acts related to forced entry of a home in the 18500 block of Chandlee Mill Road in Sandy Spring.
Mr. Matthews is described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 172 pounds. He regularly spends time in Wheaton and Laurel and may be armed with a knife.
His sister Tanisha Louise Matthews, 28, of Eighth Avenue in Laurel, and Thomas Andrew Roberts, 29, of Laurel Drive in Laurel, are in the Montgomery County jail awaiting trial on charges that they took part in the invasion.
Invaders used a skateboard near the Sandy Spring houses entryway to break glass so they could unlock the door before storming in about 3:44 a.m. March 24, police said. Once inside, they stabbed a male in the upper body and beat other residents. Police said Mr. Roberts and Mr. Matthews committed sexual assaults before demanding and taking money, which was reportedly less than $200. A victim called police as the assailants fled in a teal Dodge Neon. One suspect went to an emergency room for treatment, and police apprehended that suspect at the hospital.
Police are still looking for Montrell Norris Thomas, 19, of the 200 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW in the District, who they believe got away with a "significant amount" of money and a 1999 ES 300 Lexus automobile after he and another man forced their way, at gunpoint, into a Silver Spring apartment about 6:30 p.m. March 9.
Mr. Thomas described as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds may still be carrying a handgun. Mr. Thomas is charged with armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual offense and use of a handgun in a crime.
Police found the Lexus March 13 in the District, with Nicholas Andre Goolsby inside it. Mr. Goolsby, 19, of the 2300 block of Vermont Avenue in Landover, is awaiting trial in the Montgomery County jail.
The incidents are not believed to be related, Officer Baliles said. Such incidents are usually hard to investigate because suspects often wear masks, he said. Home invasions are also hard to prevent because they are sudden and planned, Officer Baliles said.
A cash reward of $1,000 is offered for information leading to the suspects arrest. People with information are asked to call Montgomery County police at 240/279-8000 or 240/773-5070. They may also call CrimeSolvers at 800/673-2777.

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