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UPDATE (March 22, 2017  11:20 a.m.):

Thanks to the public assistance in locating this witness valuable information was obtained, leading detectives to identify an 11-year-old boy as the suspect.

The boy is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Burning, Reckless Endangerment,  and 2nd Degree Malicious Burning after setting multiple fires in the Arbutus Wal-Mart, causing a store-wide evacuation. One Wal-Mart employee was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation. Wal-Mart estimates a loss of $10,000 in destroyed property from the fires, including perishable food items that were discarded due to the smoke from the fires.

Original Release (March 21, 2017  4:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a witness who may have information on an unknown suspect who set multiple small fires inside an Arbutus Wal-Mart this morning.

Fire and police personnel responded to the Wal-Mart at 3601 Washington Boulevard at 11:08 a.m. after the business was evacuated when multiple small fires were set in different areas of the building. The fires were extinguished by employees. One person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Police believe the woman depicted below, wearing a white sweatshirt with “Vermont” printed on the front, may have unwittingly been witness to a portion of the events and have valuable information. She was seen leaving in what is believed to be an older model Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown Maryland tag.

Anyone with information on the identity of this witness or possible suspect information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Fire Investigation Division.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday morning in Arbutus.
 
At 11:59 a.m., police responded to a home in the 100 block of Colony Hill Court 21227 to check on a subject.  When officers checked the home, they found an adult male lying on the floor suffering from traumatic injuries. He was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel.
 
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the victim and the suspect had some sort of interaction at the location. During that interaction, the suspect killed the victim.
 
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Edward Joyce of the 100 block of Colony Hill Court 21227.
 
At this time, detectives have no suspect information and no motive. They will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.
 
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County 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

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016