3 hospitalized after being hit by car near Montgomery Co. courthouse; suspect identified

Three people were injured after they were hit by a vehicle Thursday afternoon near a courthouse in Rockville, Maryland.

Police said the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on East Montgomery Avenue near the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse.

Rockville City Police say all three people — a 79-year-old woman and two men aged 22 and 18 — were taken to the hospital with varying injuries. The 22-year-old has been released from the hospital, while the others remain in serious condition, according to officials.

The striking vehicle, described as a dark-colored SUV, did not remain on the scene.  Police have an arrest warrant out for a Gaithersburg man. They are asking for the public’s help in finding 44-year-old Walter Giovanni Marquez-Aviles who is charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of first-degree assault.

The people hit by the car said the driver was on “the other side” of a criminal case they were involved with, according to a source who spoke with WTOP news partners at 7News.

Anyone with information about Marquez-Aviles’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Rockville City Police at (240)-314-8938.

Below is a map of where the crash happened:

This story is developing. Check back with WTOP for the latest. 

WTOP’s Ciara Wells contributed to this report.

Veronica Canales

Veronica Canales is an Associate Producer and Weekend Overnight Producer at WTOP.

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