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UPDATE (August 26):

Baltimore County Police have charged three suspects in connection with the August 19 shooting in Windsor Mill.

  • Randell Ga-Juan Michael Joseph (18) of the 4800 block of Laurel Avenue 21215
  • Frank James Blackwell (21) of the 500 block of Decker Avenue 21205
  • Coron Demon Johnson Jr (20) of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue 21201

All three men have been charged with attempted first degree murder and related charges. They are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

At 1:45 a.m. August 19, Baltimore County Police responded to the area of Elesmere Drive and Tudsbury Road 21244 for a report of shots fired. The victim was located in the area suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the victim and another person were walking along Elesmere Drive near Tudsbury Road when they were confronted by the suspects. The suspects displayed a gun and robbed the victims of their cell phones. As the victim and the person he was with ran from the suspects, one of the suspects shot the victim at least once.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Booking photo of Randell Ga-Juan Michael Joseph

Booking photo of Frank James Blackwell

Booking photo of Coron Demon Johnson Jr

Original release (August 19):

BCoPD's Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning in Precinct 2/Woodlawn.

Two men -- brothers -- were walking along Elesmere Drive near Tudsbury Road, 21244, at about 1:45 a.m. when they were confronted by four or five male suspects. The suspects displayed a gun and robbed the victims of their cell phones. As two brothers ran from the suspects, one of the victims --  33-year-old man from the 21244 zip code -- was struck by gunfire. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Baltimore County Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on November 22 at 4:04 p.m. at Towson Town Center.

Preliminary investigation shows that the victim was in the men's bathroom, near the food court, when two male suspects displayed a knife and demanded his money and cell phone. The victim complied, and then chased the suspects through the food court and into the third floor of the mall.

The victim caught up with one of the suspects and pinned him against the wall outside the Call It Spring store. A plainclothes security guard responded to assist the victim, and the second suspect returned to assist the first suspect. A physical struggle followed, and one of the suspects displayed a handgun. Both suspects fled, using an exit near the Littman jewelry store.

The victim was not injured.

Contact Police

The suspects are black males, 18 to 20 years old, with medium builds. One was wearing a black baseball cap, backwards; and a black Polo jacket with Polo horse insignia. The other was wearing a black leather jacket, dark jeans and dark hoodie.

Anyone with information should call police at 410-307-2020.

Update: Suspects responsible for the stabbing of a Towson University student during an armed robbery on Sunday, November 3 have been identified.

Towson, Maryland (November 5, 2013) - Police ask the public's help identifying three men suspected of robbing two college students Sunday and Monday night in Precinct 6/Towson. Both incidents occurred on Burke Avenue.

The victims -- one of whom remains hospitalized with serious injuries -- have been unable to provide a detailed description of the men -- all described as thin, black males, probably in their early twenties.

Monday night at about 9:50 p.m., numerous police units responded to the 200 block of E. Burke Avenue for an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim, a 20-year-old student at Goucher College, said he was walking home from Goucher, pushing his bicycle and talking on his cell phone. When he walked into an alley that runs alongside E. Burke Avenue, two of the suspects emerged from a vehicle, grabbed him and forced him to the ground; the third suspect remained in the vehicle. The suspects threatened to stab him if he did not cooperate, though the victim did not see a knife. The suspects stole cash from the victim's wallet. After turning around in the alley, they left the scene, heading east on Burke Avenue.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Sunday Night's Incident

Police believe that the three unidentified suspects also are responsible for Sunday night's assault and possible robbery of a Towson University student at Centre and Burke avenues.

At about 10:50 p.m., police and EMS personnel found a 24-year-old man who had suffered multiple stab wounds. Police and EMS personnel were called to the scene by a passerby, a woman, who said the victim flagged her down while standing in the middle of the street, indicating that he needed help.

Because of the seriousness of his injuries, the victim has not able to talk to police in detail about what happened. He told police that he had been attacked by three thin, black males. Police found that the victim's cell phone was missing.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. Police still have not been able to interview him. The name of the hospital and the identity of both victims are being withheld for safety reasons.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police at 410-307-2020.

Safety Measures

Police advise citizens always to use caution when walking after dark. If possible, avoid walking alone and distracted. The suspects in the Towson robberies appear to target victims who walk alone and are not paying attention to their surroundings, often because they are talking on their cell phones. Cell phones are an increasingly popular target for criminals. Take care not to make cell phones and other electronic equipment visible to criminals.

Police Chief James Johnson continues to enhance the police presence in the Towson precinct. For the last few months, Chief Johnson has dedicated additional resources to Towson and its growing entertainment and university district. These resources include units from the Business Patrol Initiative and Community Action Team.

Revised November 18, 2013

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