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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.

Original release (December 7, 2015  12:51 p.m.):

At  4:42 p.m. on December 4, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Pulaski Highway and Allender Road 21162 for a report of a vehicle fire. When Fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found that two people, not a vehicle, had been set on fire.
 
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the suspect’s vehicle had run out of gas at the location at Pulaski and Allender Road. The suspect had just returned to his vehicle with a container of gas when he encountered the first victim. The suspect and the first victim have been involved in an ongoing dispute at work and became involved in an altercation. During the altercation, the suspect threw gasoline on the first victim and lit it on fire, and the first victim punched the suspect in the face. During the confrontation, gasoline that had ignited splashed onto a second victim, injuring him. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended nearby.
 
The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious burns. Their current conditions are unknown.
 
Detectives identified the suspect as 28-year-old Christopher Harrison Jr of the 900 block of Top View Drive 21040. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and related charges. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
 
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Booking Photograph of Christopher Harrison Jr
 
 

Revised June 28, 2016