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Keyword: armed robbery

UPDATE, Friday, March 17:

The officers involved with this shooting are Corporal Gonzales, assigned to Precinct 2/Woodlawn; and Officer Pierce, of the K-9 Unit. Corporal Gonzales has nearly 21 years with BCoPD, and Officer Pierce has 8 1/2 years. Neither has been involved in any previous shooting incidents.

UPDATE, Thursday, March 16:

One of the armed robbery suspects in Monday’s police-involved shooting has been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and assault.

Askari Francisco Gomes, 17, of the 700 block of N. Edgewood St., 21229, is charged as an adult with nine counts of armed robbery, five counts of first degree assault, and two firearms violations. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Another surviving suspect remains hospitalized at a local medical facility. Charges against him are pending.

The investigation by the BCoPD Robbery Unit details the armed robberies that preceded the police-involved shooting, which occurred just before midnight on March 13 and immediately after the armed robbery of a Royal Farms Store in the 6400 block of Windsor Mill Rd., 21207. 

At 4:27 p.m., two male suspects robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts in the 5300 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21229, at gunpoint.

At 5 p.m., two male suspects robbed Ricky’s Nails in the 1700 block of N. Rolling Rd., 21244, at gunpoint. They immediately robbed the adjacent dry cleaning store, Diamond Cleaners.

At 10:43 p.m., police responded to the 7-Eleven in the 1100 block of N. Rolling Rd., 21228, where a store employee said two male suspects robbed him at gunpoint.

At 11:30 p.m., police responded to the Quality Inn in the 1800 block of Belmont Ave., 21244, where the night manager said two suspects robbed him at gunpoint; one of the suspects pistol whipped him when he couldn’t open the safe. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The armed robbery at the Royal Farms store in the 6400 block of Windsor Mill Road was reported at 11:35 p.m. Officers investigating the robbery trend saw a silver Nissan parked nearby; this vehicle drove directly at the officers, who feared for their lives and fired multiple shots.

Gomes was one of the occupants of the vehicle. His clothing matched the description given by the victims of the armed robberies.

Officers observed in the Nissan interior a significant amount of cash, a wallet later determined to belong to one of the victims and a handgun.

BCoPD's investigation of an armed robbery trend in the metropolitan region continues.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 p.m.

One of the three suspects injured in last night’s police-involved shooting has died. 

The deceased suspect has been identified as Rashad Daquan Opher, 20, of the 7900 block of Galloping Circle, 21244.

The second and third suspects remain hospitalized under police guard. Multiple armed robbery charges are pending.

Dating back to the beginning of 2017, the Robbery Unit has been investigating a significant number of armed robberies involving suspects of a similar description and methodology. This past weekend, at least five armed robberies were committed by these suspects at various liquor and convenience stores in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precinct areas. Police believe the suspects were working together and taking turns committing these robberies. Video from several of the crime scenes clearly depicts the suspects with handguns.

On Monday, March 13, these suspects are believed to have committed multiple armed robberies between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight. During one of these armed robberies at a hotel in the Woodlawn area, one of the suspects violently struck and seriously injured a clerk with a handgun. 

Officers were on the lookout for these individuals and checked convenience stores and other businesses diligently. The last robbery committed occurred at the Royal Farms store located in the 6400 block of Windsor Mill Road.  This was where a Baltimore County officer spotted the suspect running away and began to investigate. The events that followed (see original release below) led up to the police-involved shooting.

Original release:

Three armed robbery suspects were seriously injured in a police-involved shooting just before midnight last night in the Precinct 2/Woodlawn area.

On Monday, March 13, police were investigating multiple reports of armed robberies that had occurred in a matter of hours in western Baltimore County.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that around 11:45 p.m. last night a Baltimore County officer was on patrol when he observed a suspicious person in the area of the Royal Farms store located in the 6400 block of Windsor Mill Road. A second officer responded to the Royal Farms store to check on the well-being of those inside when he was immediately notified that the store had just been robbed. 

The officers conducted further investigation which led them to a vehicle parked nearby with several people inside. As two officers approached this vehicle on foot, it began to accelerate towards them.

Both officers, in fear for their lives, fired at the approaching vehicle, striking all three of the male suspects inside. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Walnut Street and Englewood Avenue.

Baltimore County Fire Department medic crews were called immediately, and all three wounded suspects were transported to area hospitals for medical treatment.

The Homicide Unit responded and recovered a handgun from the suspect vehicle. That vehicle will be searched for additional evidence during the ongoing Homicide investigation. The Robbery Unit's investigation of the west side robberies also is ongoing.

The Homicide Unit investigates all police involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed, a standard procedure.

Body-worn camera footage from the scene is part on the ongoing investigation and will not be released at this time.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect responsible for committing an armed robbery at a Dundalk 7-Eleven on February 17, 2017.

The suspect entered the store in the 3000 block of North Point Road at approximately 2:53 a.m. and pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding money. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot behind the 7-Eleven toward Charlesmont Road.

The suspect is described as a thin black male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7" tall wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone who may have 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.

The Baltimore County Robbery unit continues to investigate this incident.

Baltimore County Police have charged two Essex men in connection with three robberies and a burglary in the Essex area.

  • Kion Deshawn Bostick (23) of the Unit block of Valley Arbor Court 21221.
  • Shane Reed Woodall (22) of the Unit block of Valley Arbor Court 21221.

April 24: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Valley Arbor Court 21221
Sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the suspects entered an apartment through the front door. Taken from the location was an LG television, an X-Box game system, a Dell computer, a calculator, a key, coins, and two BB guns.

April 28: Armed Robbery, Williams Avenue and Southeastern Terrace 21221
At 9:05 p.m., the victim was walking at the location when she was approached by two suspects. She felt uneasy and tried to call someone on her phone. Before she could contact someone, the suspects, who were wearing bandanas on their faces, stopped her. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at her and demanded her money. The victim handed the suspect with the gun $2 and the suspects walked away.

April 28: Armed Robbery, Unit block of Valley Arbor Court 21221
At 9:50 p.m., the victim was making a pizza delivery for a local Dominos Pizza business. As he walked to the location where he was supposed to make the delivery, the suspect approached him from behind. One of the suspects stated that the delivery was for them. Both of the suspects then produced handguns and pointed then at the victim. The suspects took the pizzas and $21 from the victim and told him to walk away.

April 28: Armed Robbery, Unit block of Valley Arbor Court 21221
At 10:03 p.m., the victim was making a pizza delivery for Five Star Pizza. As he was at the door to an apartment building, he was approached by two suspects. Both suspects pointed handguns at him. One of the suspects demanded money. The suspects took $80 from the victim and told him to walk away.

Essex Precinct detectives determined that Kion Deshawn Bostick and Shane Reed Woodall first robbed the female at Williams Avenue and Southeastern Terrace. One of the suspects then placed a call to Five Star Pizza to order food. When the suspects saw a delivery driver arrive in the area, they robbed him (robbery of Dominoes Pizza delivery person). They later realized that they robbed the wrong person and when they saw the Five Star Pizza delivery person arrive in the area, they robbed him.

During their investigation, detectives also identified Kion Deshawn Bostick and Shane Reed Woodall as the suspects in the April 24 burglary on Valley Arbor Court.

Both Kion Deshawn Bostick and Shane Reed Woodall are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Booking photo of Shane Reed Woodall

Booking photo of Kion Deshawn Bostick

Revised September 27, 2016