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Man arrested in Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel armed robbery


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Gaithersburg Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery that happened on December 5, at the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel, police said.

Police arrested John Fitzgerald Tomlinson of Silver Spring, Md.on Thursday for armed robbery and related charges, according to authorities. Police found a black semi-automatic handgun during an executed search and seizure warrant for Tomlinson. He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Shots were fired on December 5, at the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel located at 620 Perry Parkway, police said. Investigation shows that a woman got into an argument with a man. The man then pulled out an unknown caliber handgun and demanded cash from the victim. The victim discharged the firearm and a fight started after she refused to give him money.

The woman had non-life threatening injuries from the incident.


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2 more families of Gaithersburg plane crash need help


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- In addition to the Gemmell's house, the plane that crashed in Gaithersburg hit two other houses. Those families are also facing a disaster. Their homes are severely damaged and they will be out of them for months.

Their neighbors decided to set up a GoFundMe page and start collecting gift cards to help them. They're looking for gift cards from Target, Walmart and local restaurants.

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"To our knowledge there's been nothing really done to reach out and help them and they're displaced for a minimum of six months. So they can't go back into their homes and stay with relatives. One I believe is in a hotel and one is with relatives," said Carrie Buttrey.

Expert: Plane wasn't going fast enough before Gaithersburg crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- The NTSB is unlikely to offer any firm answers for months on the cause of a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg. But veteran pilots and investigators say it's increasingly clear what happened in the moments before the jet crashed into a home, killing a mother and two you children on the ground, as well as three on the plane.

Veteran pilots say it looks like the man at the stick of that small jet simply failed to keep it flying fast enough to keep it in the air. T
hey call it an aerodynamic stall, and it's one of the most common causes of plane crashes.

LIST: Donations needed for Gemmell family


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A husband and daughter whose family was killed in a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg is in need of the following items:

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Mom who died in Gaithersburg plane crash made phone call


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother who died after a plane hit her home made a phone call at the time of the crash, according to police.

Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks says Marie Gemmell, 36, called a friend when the plane hit. He would not say who she called nor discuss the contents of that conversation.

Gemmell, along with her two sons Cole and Devin, died of smoke inhalation after a plane headed for the Montgomery County Air Park crash landed in their Gaithersburg neighborhood on Monday. Marie Gemmell's husband Ken and daughter Arabelle were not home at the time.

NTSB releases preliminary Gaithersburg plane crash report


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Engine failure and birds do not appear to be the cause of a deadly plane crash in Gaithersburg on Monday, according to preliminary findings by the NTSB.

Six people died in the crash, three people on the small plane and three people in a house that caught fire after the crash.

NTSB spokesperson Robert Sumwalt said there is no evidence of in-flight fire, catastrophic engine failure or bird ingestion.

Although a pilot of another aircraft had reported seeing birds, those birds were
located about 1,000 feet down the runway, not in the air, Sumwalt said.

Dad posts message after family dies in plane crash


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- Ken Gemmell, the man who lost his wife and two sons when a plane crashed into their home, posted the following message on Facebook:

"No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday's tragedy. We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent and joyful sons – a loss that no person should ever endure. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors and the community. We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event. There will be a lot of grieving over the coming weeks, and we request that the media respect our privacy so I can provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to re-build."