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Original release (April 29, 2016  10:48 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect wanted for an attempted robbery at a Royal Farms store and thefts from two other Royal Farms stores. 

On March 8, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store in the 7200 block of York Road 21212, approached the counter with items to purchase, and asked for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  He leaned over the counter towards the clerk and said, “I need you to kick it out”.  The suspect ran out the door and got into a silver minivan after a customer yelled at him. 

On March 15, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store on 1500 block of East Joppa Road 21286, approached the counter, and asked the clerk for six cartons of Newport cigarettes.  When the clerk asked the suspect for identification he advised he didn’t have any and walked out of the store.  The clerk walked away from the register and the suspect ran behind the counter grabbing the 6 cartons of cigarettes. 

On April 27, the suspect entered the Royal Farms Store in the 6000 block of Falls Road 21209. He approached the counter with items to purchase and asked the clerk for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  As the clerk walked away to retrieve cigars, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed the cigarettes.  

These incidents are under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. 

Anyone with information on the suspect or these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Original release (April 12, 2016  8:34 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after a man reported that he was shot in the 400 block of Schwartz Avenue 21212 early Saturday morning.

Police responded to an area hospital at approximately 1:30 a.m. for a man who walked into the facility with a single gunshot wound to the lower body. The man told police that he was standing in the 400 block of Schwartz Avenue when he was shot by an unknown suspect. He was not able to provide further details on the suspect or the incident.

The man is expected to survive his injuries.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Paul Earnest Howard Jr

Update (May 1):

Paul Earnest Howard Jr had a bail hearing on April 30. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Update (April 30):

Paul Earnest Howard Jr was taken into custody by Baltimore County Police this morning. Tips from the public led police to a location in Baltimore City where Mr Howard was found. He has been questioned by detectives and will have a bail hearing sometime today.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to thank the media, the residents of Rodgers Forge, and all of the other the citizens who helped us spread the word about Mr Howard and bring him to justice.

Update (April 29):

Baltimore County Police have obtained an arrest warrant for 50-year-old Paul Earnest Howard Jr (no fixed address) in connection with the April 26 assault of a 98-year-old woman in her Rodgers Forge home.

The warrant charges Paul Earnest Howard Jr with:

  • Attempted First Degree Rape
  • Third Degree Sex Offense
  • First Degree Assault
  • Theft less than $100

The investigation into this incident has indicated that the suspect attempted to rape the victim while he was in her home. Investigators feel that he is a danger to the community and need the public's assistance to apprehend him.

Police are asking anyone with information on Paul Earnest Howard Jr or where he might be to call police at 410-307-2020.

Original release (April 28):

Baltimore County Police are investigating an assault on an elderly woman that occurred in her Rodgers Forge home.

On April 26 at 7:46 p.m., the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to a home in the 200 block of Gaywood Road in Rodgers Forge  for a medical alert alarm. Upon arriving at the scene, Fire Department personnel observed an elderly female lying on the floor of the location. After speaking with the female, they called for police to respond.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that between noon and 1 p.m., the suspect knocked on the back door to the home. When the 98-year-old victim came to the door, the suspect stated that he was selling home improvement services. The suspect left when the victim told him she had someone who took care of home repairs for her. Several hours later, the suspect returned to the home, knocked on the back door, and asked to come inside. The victim let the suspect into her home. When she asked the suspect when he was going to leave, the suspect threw her to the ground.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s with a tan complexion. His skin tone is also described as “weathered” like that of a person who spends a great deal of time outdoors. He is 5’7” to 5’8”, weighs between 170 and 180 pounds and has light brown/gray short hair with a receding hair line. He was last seen wearing cargo shorts and may have tattoos on his arms.

A person matching the suspect’s description has been seen in the area recently.

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

Police remind residents to not let people who they do not know into their homes and to report all suspicious activity to police.

 
 

Revised June 28, 2016