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Update (August 11, 2017 9:06 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect sought in the serious assault of an acquaintance he met at McDonald's in Essex.

Earl James Kurth (29) of the unit block of South Hawthorn Road in Middle River turned himself in to police at Essex Precinct around 4:15 p.m. yesterday after seeing this media release. He is charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review today.

Original Release (August 9, 2017 10 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who brutally assaulted a man he’d just met.

Around 11:30 p.m. on June 3 police responded to Franklin Square Hospital where the victim was being treated for serious wounds to his face and body. Police determined that the victim had been eating at McDonald’s at 2119 Eastern Boulevard in Essex with a friend around 10:30 p.m. The victim initiated a conversation with another patron, the suspect, who became irritated at some point during their conversation. The victim attempted to diffuse the situation by leaving. Moments later, as he was walking on Kingston Road near Firethorn Road, the victim was approached and attacked by the suspect, rendering him unconscious.

Police were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect, who returned to the McDonald’s after the assault to clean himself up with napkins (click here to view video clip). Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has any information regarding this crime is asked to contact detectives of the Essex Precinct Investigative Services Unit at 410-887-0230.

 

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Police are investigating after a man was shot following a dispute with a group of people earlier this evening.
 
The adult male victim was shot at least once in the upper body during a dispute involving a group of people outside the unit block of Akin Circle in Essex. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment; his condition is unknown at the time of this posting. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival.
 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate this crime.

UPDATE (July 7, 2017 11:20 a.m.):

Jesse Lee Fisher was located and arrested at a motel in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania early this morning. Baltimore County detectives were assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police in making the apprehension.

Fisher will be extradited to Baltimore County to face charges in connection with the following armed robberies:

  • June 29 - 7-Eleven at 200 Back River Neck Road in Essex precinct
  • July 4 - 7-Eleven at 204 Bowleys Quarters Road in Essex precinct
  • July 5 - Hallmark at 43 West Aylesbury Road in Cockeysville precinct
  • July 5 - Belair Cleaners at 7950 Belair Road in Parkville precinct

He also faces charges in Carroll County in connection with an armed robbery of a gas station convenience store on July 2 and charges in Baltimore City for a robbery of a dry cleaning store on July 5.

BCoPD is grateful to the citizens of Baltimore County for all of the tips and information that made identifying and apprehending this dangerous criminal possible.

UPDATE (July 6, 2017 4 p.m.):

Thanks to all of the community feedback this suspect has been identified and a warrant issued for his arrest. Detectives are now asking for the public’s help in locating this suspect.

He is 28-year-old Jesse Lee Fisher. He is approximately 5’10” tall and 160 pounds.

He was last seen traveling in a blue 2005 Chevrolet Equinox bearing MD registration ‘8BZ3951’ and may be in the company of a white female identified as Ashley Marie Wetherbee.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Jesse Lee Fisher or Ashley Marie Wetherbee is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or dial 9-1-1.

​Original Release (July 5, 2017 3:40 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who has committed multiple robberies in just the last week.

The suspect has been targeting commercial businesses in the Cockeysville, Parkville and Essex precincts, even striking multiple businesses in a single day. Police were able to capture surveillance images from a 7-Eleven on Bowleys Quarters Road in Middle River when he struck around 9 p.m. last night.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

The Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit continues to investigate these related incidents.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017