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A Baltimore County Police officer assigned to the Woodlawn precinct has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a January 25 incident on Liberty Road.

The officer is Christopher M. Spivey, 29, a nearly nine-year veteran of the Department. He was served with a summons this morning.

BCoPD's Internal Affairs Section began an investigation after the Baltimore Police Department Internal Affairs Section reached out to report a possible assault by a Baltimore County police officer witnessed by crew members of BPD's Foxtrot helicopter as they assisted with a vehicle pursuit on January 25.

The pursuit stemmed from a report of a stolen vehicle at the Wegmans grocery store, 10100 Reisterstown Road, 21117, at 10:40 a.m. on January 25. Later in the day, officers working the Liberty Road corridor saw the stolen vehicle, a 2003 Volvo, driving along Liberty Road near Milford Mill Road. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed when officers attempted to stop it, and the pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Liberty and Milford Mill roads.

Video from the Foxtrot helicopter provided to BCoPD shows that the suspect, later identified as Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, 20, of the 1700 block of Smallwood St., 21217, ran from the crashed Volvo, and engaged officers in a prolonged foot pursuit. Eventually, he was apprehended by the responding officers. One officer, determined through investigation to be Spivey, ran up to the suspect and kicked him several times.

Spivey will be suspended with pay, per departmental regulations.

The Foxtrot video will not be released; it is part of an ongoing investigation and is essential to the defendant's right to a fair trial and an impartial jury.

Charges are pending against a 20-year-old man who assaulted an acquaintance with a chemical spray last night at the Towson Town Center.

The exact type of chemical spray has not been determined but it appears similar to mace or pepper spray, housed in a canister for personal protection.

Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the Towson Town Center in the 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road at about 8:15 p.m. for a report of a possible chemical irritant  in the mall, on the third floor. EMS personnel promptly evaluated about a half dozen people who had been affected by the irritant. One -- a pregnant woman -- was transported to The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a precautionary measure. Several other people refused medical transport, including the man who told police that the suspect deliberately sprayed him with the chemical.

This victim told police that the suspect -- a friend -- confronted him on the third floor of the mall and quickly pulled out a small canister, spraying him with the chemical.

Assault charges are pending against the suspect, who will be identified once he is formally charged.

Fire Department units cleared the scene by about 9:20 p.m.

UPDATE (January 12, 2016  9:06 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the assault of an 87-year-old man in Cockeysville on December 14.

Walter Ellwood Feldheim IV (32) of the Unit block of Cliffwood Road 21206 has been charged with first-degree assault and related charges.

The investigation has indicated that Feldheim went to the Cockeysville home of an 87-year-old man on December 14 at approximately 7 a.m. He told the man that there was something wrong with his well and it needed to be checked. When the man went to close the door, Feldheim grabbed his arm, pulled him to the ground, got on top of him, and started to put his arm around his neck.

Feldheim ran away after being bitten by the 87-year-old man and punched in the head by the man’s wife.

Fedlheim is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

Booking Photograph of Walter Ellwood Feldheim IV

Original release (January 8, 2016  2:53 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the assault of an 87-year-old man in front of his Cockeysville home.

The investigation into the incident has indicated that on December 14 at approximately 7 a.m., the suspect came to the front door of the man’s home in the 12700 block of Falls Road 21030. The suspect told the man that there was something wrong with his well and it needed to be checked. When the man told the suspect that there was nothing wrong with his well, the suspect reached into the home, grabbed the man’s hand and pulled him to the ground. The suspect then got onto his back and tried to put his arm around the man’s neck, but the man bit his hand. His 60-year-old wife then came outside and punched the suspect in the head.

The suspect got up and fled the scene. The victim only sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20 to 30-years-old, 5’10”, 160 pounds, wearing a grey beany cap, black shirt, and black pants. He may be driving a light colored SUV.

Pictures of a man that investigators believe to be the suspect were captured on video surveillance at a Royal Farms Store on Philadelphia Road near Rossville Boulevard.

This incident is under investigation by the Franklin / Precinct 3 Investigative Services Team.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Precinct 3 Investigative Services Team at 410-887-6979.

Revised September 27, 2016