Original release (March 28, 2016 11:58 p.m.):
A call from an alert citizen led to the arrest of two people for trying to break into homes.
On March 22 at 3:15 a.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the 2300 block of Blackberry Road 21209 for a report of suspicious persons walking through the neighborhood pulling on door handles.
When officers arrived in the area, they observed a black Dodge Avenger and a dark colored SUV. An officer shined his light into the Dodge Avenger and was able to see two of the occupants inside. The SUV then made an abrupt turn down a road and the Dodge Avenger accelerated and turned onto another road. The Dodge stopped nearby and three people were seen running from the car. After searching the area with the assistance of K-9 and Maryland State Police Aviation, officers were able to take two of the three people that fled from the Dodge into custody.
Police discovered that the Dodge had been stolen from the 1400 block of Rosewick Avenue 21206 on March 21. The dark colored SUV was found crashed into parked car and abandoned. That vehicle, a 2001 BMW X5, had been stolen from the 4200 block of Star Circle 21133 on March 22.
The investigation further indicated that the suspects had also attempted to break into two residences in the 2300 block of Blackberry Road 21209 and a vehicle in the 2300 block of Sweet Meadow Road 21209.
The first suspect, and the driver of the Dodge Avenger, is a 17-year-old male from Baltimore. He is being charged as a juvenile and has been released to the custody of relatives.
The second suspect, a passenger in the Dodge Avenger, has been identified as 19-year-old Michael Jermaine Williams of the 3200 block of Ramona Avenue 21213. He has been charged with auto theft, attempted burglary, and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit and Auto Theft Task force. Detectives will be working to determine if the suspects in this case are responsible for any other crimes.
Anyone with information on this case or similar cases is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
The Baltimore County Police Department urges citizens to help protect their communities by reporting any suspicious persons, vehicles, or situations to police immediately.
Booking photograph of Michael Jermaine Williams