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Booking photo of Franklin Rider, 19, arrested for assaulting a police officer.A police officer from Precinct 1/Wilkens was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by an armed suspect in the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave., 21227.

The officer was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained when the suspect -- Franklin A. Rider, 19, of the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave.,  punched him repeatedly in the face with a closed fist.

Rider is charged with first degree assault, assault on a police officer and other offenses. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Police were called to the Halethorpe Avenue location at about 6:30 p.m. for a call of a disturbance. Rider's mother told police that her son was "destroying the house." The suspect, Rider, fled when police called out to him, and when officers caught up with him outside the home they saw what appeared to be a handgun in one of his hands and a knife in the other. The suspect dropped the weapons when ordered by police and immediately began physically to assault one of the officers. The officer used pepper spray to subdue the suspect so he could be placed under arrest.

The weapons -- initially believed to be a knife and a small handgun -- were a pair of scissors and a lighter shaped like a handgun. The investigation found that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The injured officer is a 3 1/2 year-veteran of BCoPD, Officer First Class J. Myers. He has been released from the hospital and continues to recuperate.

UPDATE (March 11):

The Baltimore County Police Department has released the booking photograph of Elbert Darell Crump, the suspect charged in connection with a January 21 armed robbery at a Toys R Us on Putty Hill Avenue 21286.

Booking Photograph of Elbert Darell Crump

UPDATE (January 22):

Baltimore County Police have identified the man charged in connection with the robbery of a Toys R Us on Putty Hill 21286 as 45-year-old Elbert Darell Crump of the 1600 block of Mussula Road 21286.

Crump has been charged with armed robbery and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police responded to the Toys R Us store at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an armed robbery. Multiple police units, including Chief James Johnson who was in the area, began to arrive on the scene within two minutes of the call being dispatched. As the suspect was exiting the store, he encountered police and ran back inside where he hid.

Most of the employees and customers fled the store, but some remained inside, and sheltered in place. The suspect did not take any hostages.

The area around the store was quickly secured, which included closing several stores and area roads. Specialized units, including the Tactical Unit were called to the scene.

At just after 3 p.m., tactical teams made entry into the store and located the suspect hiding in a box. He was taken into custody without incident.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the registers. While he was getting money from the registers, several alert people in the store called police.

No shots were fired during this incident and there no reports of injuries during the incident itself. One person was transported to an area hospital for treatment of a condition unrelated to the robbery.

Original release (January 21):

A 45-year-old man has been arrested following an armed robbery and subsequent barricade this afternoon at the Toys R Us in Precinct 6/Towson.

Police  and Fire units responded to a robbery in progress at about 1:40 p.m. to the store in the 1200 block of Putty Hill Ave. in the Towson Place shopping complex. The suspect, who was armed with a gun, retreated inside the store as soon as he saw the first-arriving officers. Most of the customers and employees inside at the time of the robbery escaped the store, but several people remained inside, sheltering in place. There is no indication that the suspect held these people against their will.

Tactical units made entry into the store around 3 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody a few minutes after that. Charges are pending.

Police do not believe shots were fired. No one was injured.

Roads surrounding the Towson Place complex were closed during the incident, and the stores immediately adjacent to Toys R Us also closed.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Franklin Precinct is trying to identify a man connected to an ongoing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred June 16 in the Owings Mills area.

Police want to talk to this person to see what information he can provide. At the time of this incident, the man would have operated an older model, gold Mercedes Benz similar to the one in the photograph shown below.

Please contact police at 410-307-2020 if you have information about this person or this investigation.

Photo of armed robbery suspect in Owings Mills

Photo of armed robbery suspect in Owings Mills.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Photo of similar gold Mercedes Benz used by armed robbery suspect

Photo of similar gold Mercedes Benz used by armed robbery suspect.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016