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Five murders reported in eight days in Montgomery County

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An alarming crime surge in Montgomery County following an unusual series of murders. Five murders have occurred in the last eight days. The latest happened Monday night in Briggs Chaney area.

Michael Harrison was taking a break from watching Monday Night Football when he stepped onto his porch and witnessed a murder. He said it all started when two men appeared in the dark.

"I saw them walk through the trail right here, and they were in the woods right there, and I stepped back inside. I got this real eerie feeling," Harrison recalled.

When he came back out, the men were still on the path. He didn't hear an argument or see the men clearly, but he remembers well what happened next.

"...and one fire went off, and then another shot went off 15 seconds later," he continued.

Christopher Davon White, 22, died at the scene on Castle Boulevard. The Landover resident is the fifth homicide victim in Montgomery County in eight days.

On Dec. 3, John Ryan, who was reported missing from Frederick County, was found dead in the trunk of his car in Gaithersburg. He'd been shot in the head.

That same day, Cesar Smith of Gaithersburg was tortured and stabbed to death by people who forced their way into his apartment. Two days later, a 34-year-old man was purposely struck by a car and killed on West Diamond Avenue.

And then last Friday, 21-year-old Jesse Campos was killed by intruders in his apartment in White Oak.

Lisa Treutlaar lives near Monday night's homicide. She finds it all unsettling.

Treutlaar said, "I thought it was getting safer. I mean, I live right there in that building...I want to move soon."

No arrests have been made in any of the cases yet. However, police don't believe the general public faces a danger. Sources say each of the crimes seems to have a link to the drug trade or ongoing criminal activity.

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