Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged Anthony Johnston, 32, of the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle, 21220, with the murder of 27-year-old Joseph Thorpe Jr.

On February 28 at 11:58 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Middle River Road for a man lying in the roadway. The victim was transported to the hospital and was initially believed to have been struck by an automobile. Medical personnel then found that the victim had been shot. He was identified as Joseph Thorpe Jr., of the 700 block of Maple Crest Drive, 21220. On March 3, the victim died of injuries related to the gunshot wounds, and the death was determined to be a homicide.

Detectives were able to determine that the victim and the suspect were involved in a fight at Benchwarmers Bar on Middle River Road prior to the homicide. Detectives obtained a warrant for Anthony Johnston, and he was arrested on December 17. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.