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Original release (February 4, 2016  11:13 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a death that resulted from an assault involving two elderly patients at a Catonsville nursing home.

On January 26 at 7:15 p.m., police responded to the Forest Haven Nursing Home in the 700 block of Edmondson Avenue 21228 for an assault report. The investigation has indicated that a 61-year-old male patient pushed 84-year-old Henri Balmadier, also a patient, causing him to fall and hit his head.

Balmadier was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Gilchrist Hospice Center in Columbia, where he died on February 1. The autopsy concluded that the cause of death was complications from head trauma; the manner of death was homicide.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. When the Homicide investigation is complete, the report will be turned over to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, which will decide if charges will be filed.


Mr. Zimmerman was located unharmed in the Baltimore City area. Thank you for everyone's assistance in locating Mr. Zimmerman. 

Original Message

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a missing man from Catonsville.

James Franklin Zimmerman, of the 1000 block of Craftswood Road, 21228, was last seen on December 16, 2015 leaving St. Agnes Hospital. Neighbors did not see him return home and he has not contacted family.

James Franklin Zimmerman is 77 years old, 5'11" and 162 pounds. He does not have any family in the area and police are concerned about his welfare.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of James Franklin Zimmerman, please contact the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Photo of James Franklin Zimmerman:

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.


Revised June 28, 2016