Arrest Made for Auto Theft; Numerous Other Offenses - News Release


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

September 11, 2013 (11:20 am)


Chief Alan M. Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrest of Alex Enrique Galarza, 23, of no fixed address, for auto theft, theft over $1,000, fleeing and eluding police, possession with the intent to distribute controlled dangerous substance (CDS) marijuana, possession of CDS paraphernalia, malicious destruction of property, possession of a dangerous weapon (brass knuckles) and numerous other traffic violation offenses.

On September 11, 2013, at approximately 2:05 am, Takoma Park Police attempted a traffic stop in the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, however, the driver of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle fled westbound on Kingwood Avenue, hit the traffic circle on Kingwood at Wildwood and went airborne and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway in the 1100 block of Kingwood Avenue, continued west through residential front yards, striking vehicles and a tree. The vehicle then spun and came to a rest between two residences on Kingwood Avenue. The occupants of the vehicle (two black males both wearing dark clothing), now known to be stolen vehicle, fled on foot. A perimeter was established for a search and Montgomery County K9 assisted. A helicopter search was also conducted.

As a combined search effort between the helicopter and Montgomery County K9, Takoma Park Police Officers tracked the suspect into Becca Lilly Park where he was located along a deer path approximately 500 feet into the tree line. The suspect, who was identified as Galarza, was taken into custody without incident.

There were no injuries to other persons; there was extensive property damage.

Galarza was transported to the Takoma Park Police Station. As a result of the vehicle crash, he was transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injury. He was cleared for confinement and immediately transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

**A photograph of Galarza is not available at this time**