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UPDATE (August 27  5:17 p.m.):

Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi has been returned to Maryland and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

UPDATE (August 19  11:41 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect who is responsible for the homicide in Catonsville yesterday as 18-year-old Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi. He is the victim’s son and lived in the home.

Just before noon yesterday, police responded to a home in the 1000 block of Southridge Road 21228 for a call coded as a cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the scene, they found the victim, 50-year-old Shakeel Ahmed Abbasi suffering from traumatic injuries. He was declared deceased at the scene.

Detectives were able to find evidence of stab wounds and bludgeoning. An autopsy will be conducted today to determine an official cause and manner of death.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that the victim’s wife received a call from a relative in New Jersey asking her to check on the victim. The relative in New Jersey has received a text message from Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabbasi asking them to check on the victim. When the victim’s wife went to check on him, she found him not moving and covered with blood so she called 911. The call was dispatched as a cardiac arrest because of how dispatch software coded the call.

Shakeelabassi had been home earlier in the day but was now missing along with the victim’s vehicle, a Honda van. Shakeelabassi was located at approximately 5:30 p.m. along with the victim’s van at a rest stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi charging him with first-degree murder.

Shakeelabassi remains in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

UPDATE (August 18  9:47 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the homicide victim from the 1000 block of Southridge Road as 50-year-old Shakeel Ahmed Abbasi.

Police have taken one suspect, who was known to the victim, into custody in connection with this incident. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Original release (August 18  1:37 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in the 1000 block of Southridge Road, 21228.

Officers were dispatched at 11:48 a.m. for a report of cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the residence, they found an adult male with traumatic injuries. The victim was declared deceased at the scene.

The Homicide unit is on scene investigating. Detectives believe that this is a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers on April 16. The event will take place at the Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, Essex, 21221. The evening will begin with dinner and awards at 6 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are more than 80 volunteers and members of the Police Auxiliary Team, as well as Chief James Johnson.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 12-18.

A number of high-ranking Baltimore County Police Department commanders will be reassigned following the promotion of eight lieutenants to captain. The reassignments, announced today by Police Chief Jim Johnson, become effective February 9, immediately following a Promotional Ceremony scheduled for February 9, 2 p.m., at Oregon Ridge Lodge.

The new assignments will produce the most diverse BCoPD Executive Corps -- commanders who hold the rank of captain, major or colonel -- in the department's history.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has made creation of a government workforce that reflects the makeup of the citizenry a top priority. "This goal is especially important in public safety, where the public's respect and trust is critical to our ability to serve our citizens well," Kamenetz said. "These latest Police Department promotions are another step toward the healthy diversity we need."

New Captains

The new captains are:

  • Donna M. Benton. Benton will be the second woman in BCoPD's history to oversee the Special Operations Section, including the Aviation, K-9, Marine and Tactical units.
  • Scott A. Canter. Canter will oversee the Homeland Security Section.
  • Joseph D. Conger. Conger will command the Technology and Communications Section.
  • David J. Folderauer. Folderauer will be assigned to command Precinct 3/Franklin.
  • Christopher M. Kelly. Kelly will be assigned to command Precinct 9/White Marsh.
  • Orlando D. Lilly. Lilly will be assigned to command Precinct 12/North Point.
  • Lamont Martin. Martin will oversee the Internal Affairs Section.
  • Robert O. McCullough. McCullough will oversee the Employment Section.

Captain James Monahan, currently commander of Precinct 3/Franklin, will take over the Operational Support Section. Captain Michael Balog, currently commander of Precinct 9/White Marsh, will be assigned to the Operations Bureau. Captain Jan Brown, currently commander of Precinct 12/North Point, will be assigned to the Youth and Community Resources Section.

"Achieving the rank of captain is a significant milestone that requires hundreds of hours of study and sacrifice," said Chief Johnson. "These experienced men and women have earned the privilege of serving in positions of great responsibility. I'm proud of what they've achieved and I look forward to working with this new team."

With the promotions of these captains as well as new corporals, sergeants, and lieutenants, BCoPD continues its long-term goal of diversifying both the rank and file and top-level command. The 33 sworn members of the Executive Corps will include five minorities and three women.

Chief Johnson said that this latest reorganization was accomplished with succession planning in mind. "We are creating a department that is positioned to lead and to thrive now and in the future."

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