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Keyword: armed robbery

UPDATE (June 9, 2017 4:05 p.m.):

Police have identified the four officers involved in the shooting of the armed robbery suspect:

  • Police Officer First Class Carver of Precinct 12 is a 5.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Leary of Precinct 12 is a 3.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Minton of Precinct 12 is a 14.5-year veteran of the force.
  • The fourth officer is a 17-year veteran of the force whose name will be withheld due to the officer's duty assignment.

None of the officers involved have any prior combat shooting involvement.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017, 5:15 p.m.):

The officer shot in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk is Officer First Class Slocum, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk. She is a 13-year veteran of BCoPD. She remains hospitalized in serious condition.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017 12:23 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk as Blaine Robert Erb, 35, of no fixed address. Erb was shot by police after he began firing at officers investigating an armed robbery.

The wounded officer, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk, was shot twice in a lower extremity during the incident and remains hospitalized in serious condition at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

A 21-year-old female civilian from the 5000 block of Queensberry Avenue, 21215 also suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body during the incident and is expected to survive her injury.

Two .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns were located next to the suspect's body, as well as numerous gun magazines and ammunition. Detectives have determined that the firearms have not been reported stolen but continue to investigate to identify the last known registered owner. Erb is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to a prior conviction for an armed robbery. The investigation has determined that Erb had a lengthy criminal history in Maryland and neighboring states, including charges for robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. He also had an open warrant through Pennsylvania.

Detectives have identified five civilians who were on the bus when the incident began, but continue to investigate to determine if there were more.

The investigation has determined that four officers fired rounds at the suspect from their service weapons. Those officers have been placed on routine administrative leave and their names will not be released at this time.

While it has been determined that at least one officer was wearing a body-worn camera at the time of the incident, all visual and audio recordings remain part of the ongoing investigation and will not be released at this time.

Original Release (June 7, 2017 6:08 p.m.):

An officer and a civilian are in serious condition, and the suspect dead, after an officer-involved shooting following an armed robbery this afternoon in Dundalk.

Investigation has revealed that officers were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Dundalk Avenue and Avon Beach Road for an armed street robbery in progress. Officers had received information that a single male suspect approached and robbed two people at gunpoint. Police arriving on the scene were updated with information that the suspect fled the scene onto an Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police located the bus a short distance from the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Avenue and initiated an investigative traffic stop.

When officers attempted to confront the suspect on the bus, he began shooting at the officers, firing repeatedly at them. The officers returned fire. After exchanging gunfire for an extended period, the suspect—who has not yet been identified—attempted to flee the MTA bus. He collapsed a short distance from the bus, suffering at least one gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased.

During the exchange of gunfire, one officer and one civilian each suffered at least one gunshot wound. The officer was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she is listed in serious condition. The civilian, a woman, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Bodycamera footage of this incident is part of the ongoing investigation. The MTA bus was equipped with working surveillance cameras. Any footage captured from these cameras will be part of the investigation. 

Baltimore County Police are asking for additional victims of a specific type of “date” robbery to come forward after two suspects are charged, with additional suspects still outstanding.

Matthew Austin Bauer (21) of the 1900 block of Denbury Drive, 21222 and Paul William James Keve (18) of the 1700 block of Searles Road, 21222 are charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 2nd Degree Assault, and Misdemeanor Theft after they robbed a man (24) they scheduled a meeting with on a cell phone based dating application called “Jack’d” on March 31. When the victim responded to a designated location in the 7500 block of Westfield Road in Dundalk he was surrounded by Bauer and Keve, who threatened him with a knife and stole his cash and cell phone.

In an earlier case on March 2, another man (22) was robbed and beaten when he set up a meeting with someone called “Josh” on a similar type of cell phone based dating application called “Grindr.” When the victim responded to the designated meeting place in the 1600 block of Four Georges Court in Dundalk, he was approached by a black male suspect wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask who demanded his money and cell phone. When the victim attempted to flee he was surrounded by two other black male suspects who began beating him. The three suspects fled with the victim’s cash and phone. Keve has been identified as one of these suspects and is also charged in this case.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents, a similar type incident, or anyone who may have been victimized under similar circumstances by either Bauer or Keve 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 www.metrocrimestoppers.org. 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.

These cases continue to be investigated by Detectives of the Dundalk precinct Investigative Services Team.

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 www.metrocrimestoppers.org. 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.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017