An Essex man wanted in connection with two robberies barricaded himself inside his home on Saturday.

At 7:31 a.m., officers responded to a vacant home in the Unit block of West Kingston Park Lane for a report of a subject with a gun.

The complainant advised officers that he had been inside the vacant property when he encountered the suspect. The suspect pointed a black handgun at him and demanded money. The suspect took his wallet before fleeing the scene. He was not injured during the incident and recovered his wallet, which never had any money in it, outside on the ground.

A second victim advised police that she had been in the 2200 block of Southorn Road when she observed the suspect walking towards her. The suspect displayed a gun and demanded money. She screamed which caused people to come out of their homes. The suspect then ran away without taking anything from her.

Officers observed the suspect in a black Acura two times. Both times, he sped off. The Acura was later found unoccupied behind a home in the 2100 block of Sunnythorn Road. One officer observed the suspect exit the location, but quickly go back inside.

The initial investigation indicated the identity of the suspect, verified that the suspect was responsible for both incidents, and indicated that he resided at the location on Southorn Road. A starter pistol that looked like a real gun was recovered in 400 block of Waters Watch Court. This is where the first officer encountered the suspect.

The suspect barricaded himself in the Southorn Road home for several hours before surrendering to police.

There no reports of serious injuries as a result of this incident.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Dennis Keith Taylor Jr of the 2100 block of Sunnythorn Rd 21220. He has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and related offenses. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Booking photo of Dennis Keith Taylor Jr