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UPDATE (May 3  5:11 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged Steven Vincent Allen (56) of the 5200 block of Benson Avenue, 21227 in the robbery of a woman in Arbutus after threatening her with a taser.

Allen was identified as the suspect shortly after surveillance images of the suspect were released this morning, and he was taken into custody around 11 a.m. He is charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Petty Theft and other relevant charges. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original Release (May 3, 2017  9 a.m.):

A 66-year-old woman was able to fend off a robber who threatened her with a hand-held taser device on a Friday afternoon.

The woman parked her car on the lot of Bank of America in the 5200 block of East Drive in Arbutus around 3:30 p.m. on April 21. As she exited her car she was approached by the suspect, who appeared to be an older white man, approximately 45-60 years of age, with long, stringy brown hair, wearing a distinctive red and black Nascar jacket and racing cap. He immediately presented a black taser, which he put near her neck, and attempted to grab her purse. Much to his surprise, instead of relinquishing her purse, the woman shoved the robber, who fell to the ground, dropping the taser. Her purse also fell to the ground, spilling the contents, including $9. The suspect picked up the cash and walked away in the direction of the Dollar General store, leaving the taser behind.

Officers canvassed the area and discovered the Nascar jacket and hat discarded nearby in a storm drainage ditch, but were unable to locate the suspect. He is believed to by a homeless resident who frequents the Arbutus area. Surveillance video revealed that the suspect walks with a distinctive shuffle-type gait.

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

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

This case continues to be investigated by the Wilkens precinct Investigative Services Team.

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.
Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)
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Revised June 27, 2017