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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Date: Jan 29, 2014

Baltimore County Police have charged 41-year-old Anthony Paul Rutherford of Fox Run Court in Reisterstown with first degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Kendra Michelle Rutherford.

On December 8 at 3:09 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the unit block of Fox Run Court in Reisterstown 21136 for a report of a dwelling fire.  When firefighters arrived on the scene, they made entry into the home and found 35-year-old Kendra Michelle Rutherford unresponsive on the first floor. She was transported to Northwest Hospital where she was declared deceased.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire in the home had been deliberately set.

On January 24, the death of Kendra Michelle Rutherford was ruled a homicide by means of asphyxiation by the Medical Examiner. Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Anthony Paul Rutherford.

Anthony Paul Rutherford was taken into custody and faces charges of first degree murder and first degree arson. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

At 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the 100 block of Kweisi Mfume Court, 21222, in Turner Station for a report of a gunshot wound. Upon arriving at the scene, officers located an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body.

The male was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

The initial investigation into this incident by the Baltimore County Police Department Violent Crimes Unit has indicated that the victim was in an alley in the 100 block of Kweisi Mfume Court when he was shot multiple times by the suspect. The suspect then fled the scene.

Contact Police

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

The Baltimore County Police Department has received several recent complaints regarding telephone scams. The caller claims that one of the victim's loved ones needs money because he or she has been in an accident. In another version of the scam, the caller claims that the victim's loved one is being held hostage. In yet another version, bail money is needed. The suspect may provide details that seem to support the story, but they obtain that information from social media and public records. 

These suspects rely on fear to pressure the victims to act quickly, before they realize that the story does not make sense or before they can speak to the family member. The script may change, but the strategy is the same. The caller will tell the victim about an immediate crisis that only money can fix, and will demand that the victim send money to the suspect's account.

Following a few simple tips can help prevent becoming a phone scam victim:

  • Never provide personal information without verifying that the caller is from a legitimate company. Contact your insurance company, the court jurisdiction in question, or the business the caller claims to represent to verify the accuracy of the information they have provided.
  • Contact your family member before taking any action at all.
  • Do not wire money to a bank account if you receive a call similar to the ones above. Most of these callers are not located within the United States, which can make recovering money more difficult.

Contact the police to report the call and write down the information provided by the caller to give to the officer.

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