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  1. Suspect charged with 2 counts of murder in Rosedale homicide from 8/25. Addition...

    Suspect charged with 2 counts of murder in Rosedale homicide from 8/25. Additional details online. http://ow.ly/ATk74 ^CB


    Detectives Investigating Homicide in Rosedale
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    UPDATE: A 45 year old man has been arrested and charged for a double murder in Rosedale. Additional details are available online.
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    FBI Baltimore is now assisting BCoPD with the search for the suspect in Wednesday's stabbing in Lansdowne and his girlfriend.

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    FBI Assists With Search For Lansdowne Stabbing
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    The FBI Baltimore Violent Crime Task Force is now assisting BCoPD with the search for a suspect in Wednesday's non-fatal stabbing in Lansdowne and his girlfriend.
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  3. #BCoPD trying to ID man connected to investigation of June 16 Owings Mills armed...

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    www.baltimorecountymd.gov
    The Baltimore County Police Department's Franklin Precinct is trying to identify a man connected to an ongoing investigation into an armed robbery...
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  4. Warrant obtained for suspect in yesterday's Bero Rd stabbing. http://ow.ly/AP9xw...

    Warrant obtained for suspect in yesterday's Bero Rd stabbing. http://ow.ly/AP9xw ^EA


    Police Search for Suspect, Woman Involved in Lansdowne Incident
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    Police continue to search for the suspect in yesterday's stabbing incident on Bero Road in Lansdowne, as well as for a 24-year-old woman who...
    2014-08-28T16:52:09+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/845440852132714

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Update (May 15):

Baltimore County Police have released the 911 calls in reference to the incident at WMAR TV on May 13.

Call 1     Call 2     Call 3     Call 4     Call 5     Call 6     Call 7     Call 8     Call 9     Call 10

Update (May 14 2:49 p.m.):

As a result of a bail review today, Vladimir Mehul Baptiste is now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Update (May 14):

Baltimore County Police have charged 28-year-old Vladimir Mehul Baptiste of the 1700 block of White Oak Road 21234 in connection with the incident at WMAR TV on Tuesday.

Among the charges that Vladimir Mehul Baptiste faces are three counts of attempted second degree murder. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail.

Original release (May 13):

A male suspect is in police custody after he drove a stolen truck into the ABC2 News studio around noon today and barricaded himself inside the news station.

The barricade ended around 4:35 p.m., when members of the BCoPD's Tactical Team entered the area of the building where the suspect was located and took him into custody. The suspect has not been identified pending criminal charges and has been taken to a local hospital for an emergency evaluation. Police Chief Jim Johnson said that the suspect displayed obvious signs of mental illness, including incoherent language and rants.

No injuries to officers or ABC2 employees were reported.

The incident began  shortly before noon, when Baltimore County 911 received a call for a disturbance at ABC2 News, located in the 6400 block of York Road in Precinct 6/Towson. The caller said a man was banging on the door and yelling. Within minutes, 911 received a second call reporting that someone had just rammed a large truck into the lobby of the building.

First-arriving officers did not find the suspect in the truck, and employees said they believed he was inside the station. Police evacuated station employees (one employee sheltered in place for the duration of the incident) and initiated a barricade deployment.

Tactical officers were able to determine that the suspect was on the second floor and that he was watching the situation unfold on news broadcasts. A late afternoon news briefing was delayed, Chief Johnson explained, because of concerns that officers' safety could be compromised if the suspect learned details of the operation from the television coverage.

The suspect did not leave the ABC2 building at any point during the barricade, and officers were inside the building within minutes. There was no danger to the community beyond ABC 2.

The stolen truck belonged to a Maryland State Highway Administration subcontractor and was taken just before the barricade from a location at I-695 and York Road. The vehicle was unattended when it was taken. Police found assorted working tools in the truck, including machete sheaths. No machetes were found, nor were any firearms located. There is no indication that firearms were involved at all in this incident.

Chief Johnson explained at the briefing that officers assumed the suspect to be armed, based on the fact that he had acted violently and the presence of items such as the sheaths.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Chief Johnson praised ABC2 and the St. Pius X School, located next door to the TV station, and on lockdown during the incident for their professionalism, bravery and cooperation during this difficult situation.

They also thanked the agencies that assisted with this incident, including Baltimore City Police, Maryland State Police and the SHA.

Booking photo of Vladimir Mehul Baptiste

Front entrance of WMAR TV


Today the Baltimore County Police Department celebrates its 140th anniversary. We are sharing the text of Police Chief Jim Johnson's message to the Department.

*****

To All Department Members:

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Baltimore County Police Department, and, like all such milestones, this one is an opportunity to reflect on where we have been and what the future holds.

The world in which our department was conceived is a distant, foreign place.

On April 11, 1874 - the day the Maryland legislature established the Baltimore County Police Department -- Ulysses S. Grant was president. Reconstruction was still in progress. Children toiled in factories; Jesse James held up trains.

Alexander Graham Bell was still working on the telephone, and the horse was the prevailing mode of transportation. In fact, the law creating BCoPD stipulated that mounted officers had to provide their own horses, equipment and forage. Mounted police would be paid $3 a day; foot patrol officers, $2.

The societal changes, the technological advancements in the nearly 1 ½ centuries since then - and particularly in the last 30 years - boggle the mind. Today, ours is an increasingly diverse population that recognizes the right of all people to safety and equality under the law. Information spreads in the amount of time it takes to punch a few buttons. Most of us live in suburbs, not on the farm. Physically, at least, life is much easier for most people than it was in 1874.

But the evolution to a modern, 21st century society has brought its hardships, hardships it is our job as members of this department to face.

 Intractable economic difficulties have created an environment in which a destructive minority sees crime as a viable way of life. Gun violence remains a plague and a subject about which Americans continue to debate and disagree. Drugs continue to destroy lives. Schools, while still among the safest places children can be, feel more vulnerable than they once were. The rapid development of information technology creates new opportunities to seduce and exploit.

The evidence shows that this Department has risen to the challenge of the times. Serious crime in virtually every category has fallen. When problems arise - as they inevitably do - we draw on our experience, commitment and resources to deal with them. Our population continues to grow, a testament to the fact that people believe they can find security and prosperity here. We enjoy the good will of the people we serve.

The world, and this agency, will be different still when, come 2024, we celebrate our 150th anniversary. But in all the ways that count, this Department will be same as it is now and as it was the day it was born: Sworn to protect our people, loyal to the idea of a just, secure society.

Thank you for your contributions to our department's history -- past, present and future.

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