Germantown man charged for attempted murder after taking family hostage


A Germantown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other charges after holding a family hostage and threatening to kill them.

According to Montgomery County Police, the suspect, Zain Imdad, 28, entered a home on the 14000 block of Jump Drive in Germantown on April 15. It was the home of a woman who had a protective order against Imdad. 

“The officers could have taken many different courses of action and this course of action was the one that had the best outcome,” said Captain Tom Jordan, Montgomery County Police Department.”

Police said Imdad took the victim and other family members within the household hostage, threatening them with a handgun, and allegedly told them he was going to kill everyone if the woman did not reconcile their relationship. Imdad also said he would kill them if the police showed up, and would shoot the police. One of the family members was able to notify police of the incident via the Emergency Communications Systems (911).

Officers from the 5th District made immediate entry and wrestled Imdad’s weapon away from him and arrested him.

According to police, Imdad had brought a backpack with him containing a suicide intention note, a black replica handgun, a fixed blade knife, duct tape, five pairs of handcuffs, para-cord, and bottles containing an unknown substance.  Imdad had told the victim and family that he was planning to kill them then drink poison. The substance in the bottles was removed and being analyzed for their content.

Zain Imdad was charged with the following:

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (5 counts)
  • 1st Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • 2nd Degree Assault (5 counts)
  • Home Invasion
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Reckless Endangerment (5 counts)
  • Carrying a Concealed Dangerous Weapon
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon w/ Intent to Injure

Detectives are asking that anyone with additional information regarding Zain Imdad, should contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

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