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UPDATE (September 27, 2016  11:47 a.m.):

The officer involved in the September 23 shooting of a Pikesville bank robbery suspect has been identified as Sergeant Bortner. He is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents. Sergeant Bortner is on administrative status, a standard procedure for officers involved in shootings.

All investigations related to this case remain ongoing. That includes the Homicide investigation and an internal review to ensure that BCoPD policies and procedures were followed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an officer asked the driver of the suspect vehicle for his license. As the driver, Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr., reached for the license, the officer saw money and a second suspect -- Michael Eugene Stratton -- in the back seat. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the occupants of the car to show their hands.

Sergeant Bortner responded at this point to back up his fellow officer. Colvin, the driver, ignored multiple commands, accelerated quickly and drove the vehicle directly at Sergeant Bortner.

Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

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Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

Original release (June 17, 2016  3:54 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are advising motorists about traffic delays in the Towson and Timonium areas on Saturday afternoon.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, a Vietnam Veterans Bike Ride will depart the American Legion in the 100 block of York Road 21204. The ride is in memory of those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The expected 1,000 riders will follow the route below:

  • North on York Road to Bosley Avenue
  • Left on Bosley Avenue to Joppa Road
  • Left on Joppa Road to Falls Road
  • Right on Falls Road to Padonia Road
  • Right on Padonia Road to York Road
  • Right on York Road
  • Finish at the Maryland State Fair Grounds

There will be partial or full road closures as the ride progresses through the route.

Original release (April 29, 2016  10:48 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect wanted for an attempted robbery at a Royal Farms store and thefts from two other Royal Farms stores. 

On March 8, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store in the 7200 block of York Road 21212, approached the counter with items to purchase, and asked for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  He leaned over the counter towards the clerk and said, “I need you to kick it out”.  The suspect ran out the door and got into a silver minivan after a customer yelled at him. 

On March 15, the suspect entered a Royal Farms Store on 1500 block of East Joppa Road 21286, approached the counter, and asked the clerk for six cartons of Newport cigarettes.  When the clerk asked the suspect for identification he advised he didn’t have any and walked out of the store.  The clerk walked away from the register and the suspect ran behind the counter grabbing the 6 cartons of cigarettes. 

On April 27, the suspect entered the Royal Farms Store in the 6000 block of Falls Road 21209. He approached the counter with items to purchase and asked the clerk for four cartons of Newport cigarettes.  As the clerk walked away to retrieve cigars, the suspect reached over the counter and grabbed the cigarettes.  

These incidents are under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. 

Anyone with information on the suspect or these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016