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  1. 17 yr male walked into Northwest Hosp with non life threatening gunshot wound. V...

    17 yr male walked into Northwest Hosp with non life threatening gunshot wound. Vic and susp know each other. No comm threat. DT 4:16 pm ^CB
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    Man arrested after stabbing in Owings Mills on Friday evening. More details available online. http://ow.ly/ATZ0f ^CB


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    A man was arrested after a stabbing in Owings Mills on Friday evening. More details are available online.
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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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  4. FBI Baltimore is now assisting BCoPD with the search for the suspect in Wednesda...

    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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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. 
This is a copy of the FBI's release, issued late this afternoon:

 Lansdowne, MD  The FBI Baltimore Violent Crime Task Force and Baltimore County Police Department are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted for stabbing another man, and the disappearance of his girlfriend in the Lansdowne community in Baltimore County, MD on August 28.  The United States Attorney’s Office in Maryland has issued a warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for Rony Leonel Deleon, who is charged in Baltimore County with first and second degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.  

Investigators say they found a man who had been stabbed outside an apartment in the 3000 block of Bero Road.  The victim told police that Deleon had stabbed him and then ran into an apartment Deleon shared with a woman named Damaris Noemi Chavez-Calderon.  Chavez-Calderon has not been seen since, and detectives are concerned for her safety.  The victim was treated for his injuries and is expected to recover.  

Chavez-Calderon is 24-years-old, Hispanic, about 5’5” and 140 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes.  

 Investigators believe Deleon is no longer in the Baltimore area and likely fled the state. If you have any information about Deleon or Chavez-Calderon you are asked to call the FBI Baltimore Division at 410-265-8080, or the Baltimore County Police Department at410-887-2222.  You could receive a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Deleon.

 The Baltimore FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is made up of FBI Agents, Baltimore City Police Detectives, Baltimore County Police Detectives and Anne Arundel County Police Detectives.  They investigate significant violent crimes, including kidnappings, robberies of commercial institutions, armored car and bank robberies, extortions and fugitive felons.

Baltimore County Police have charged a man in connection with a human trafficking investigation.

On June 20, a Baltimore County Detective with the Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force was working as part of FBI Operation Cross Country. The detective received information that a teenage female that had been reported missing in Baltimore County was involved in an advertisement for an escort on a section of a webpage that is known for the advertisement of human trafficking and prostitution.

The detective, along with another task force member, located the advertisement, contacted the girl, and scheduled an appointment. The girl told the detective that the “donation” would be $200. She arrived at the arranged meeting place in Baltimore County in a vehicle which appeared to be a cab.

Police detained all three persons in that vehicle. One of the persons was the defendant and one was the missing girl from Baltimore County. The girl told detectives that she had met the defendant two weeks ago. The defendant took her to his home in Baltimore City where he stated that he was going to place an advertisement for her online and that she needed to make them money. The defendant provided her with condoms that she was to use with her customers and kept a large portion of the money that she made. She further stated that he was her “pimp”.

The defendant has been identified as 31-year-old Abudallah Hannibal Oakley of the 1600 block of North Wolfe Street 21213. He has been charged with human trafficking and related charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

Booking photo of Abudallah Hannibal Oakley

Today Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson reaffirmed that Caitlyn Virts is safe and that Baltimore County Police, Baltimore County's Department of Health and Human Services and the FBI will provide all available resources to help her and her siblings.

Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, was found murdered Thursday morning in her bedroom in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk. Caitlyn's father, Timothy Virts -- who fled with Caitlyn after the killing and was found in South Carolina last night -- is charged with first-degree murder. He will be extradited to face prosecution in Maryland; the extradition process can take weeks.

At a press briefing this morning, Chief Johnson said that the FBI Baltimore Division's participation in the investigation was pivotal in locating Timothy and Caitlyn Virtz. Representatives of FBI's Baltimore Division, including Special Agent in Charge Steve Vogt, participated in this morning's briefing.

Johnson said he was "incredibly relieved" that Caitlyn has been found safe, and credited citizen "keyboard crimefighters" with paying attention to the search and helping law enforcement by calling in "thousands" of tips.

Here is a summary of the information Chief Johnson provided:

Caitlyn Virtz

Police in Florence, South Carolina found Caitlyn last night, with her father, at the Colonial Motel, just off of I-95. She appears to be unharmed.

"Of course," Johnson said, "this child and her siblings have endured a terrible trauma and a terrible tragedy. Baltimore County Government and other agencies will provide all the resources possible to help them deal with the aftermath."

Baltimore County social services personnel are working with social services personnel in South Carolina, and Caitlyn will return to Maryland in the near future. State agencies will be involved in helping with decisions about the children's future.

Sequence of Events

Police responded just after 9 a.m. Thursday to the home on Ardee Way, where Bobbie Jo Cortez was found, murdered, in her bedroom. Bobbie Jo's daughter, Caitlyn was missing. Police quickly determined that Timothy Virts, Caitlyn’s father, had taken her and fled in a 1999 Dodge Durango. An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning.

Between Thursday morning and the time Virts was found in South Carolina last night, BCoPD detectives worked round the clock fielding and tracking down hundreds of tips and leads.  None of these tips and leads panned out until yesterday afternoon.  A critical turning point, Johnson said, was the FBI’s entrance into this case. The FBI helped broaden this search and extend the reach of the Amber Alert and other notification tools.

Late yesterday afternoon, we received credible information that Virts was in North Carolina. This gave BCoPD for the first time an idea that he was headed south.

Last night, BCoPD received notification from the Florence (SC) Police Dept that the Dodge Durango driven by Virtz had been located at the Colonial Motel. Johnson referred inquiries about the apprehension of Timothy Virts to Florence Police and thanked them for the crucial role they played in this case. Johnson noted that Florence police reported that Virts was arrested without incident.

The investigation into Bobbie Jo Cortez' murder remains active, and BCoPD are not providing additional details at this time.

FBI officials said that a charge of unlawful flight against Virts likely will be dropped; an unlawful flight warrant primarily is a tool allowing the FBI to arrest a wanted suspect anywhere in the U.S.

Notification Tools

"This was a situation whose successful outcome is a direct result of the emergency notification tools that helped the public and other law enforcement agencies identify Timothy Virts and the Dodge Durango," Johnson said.

Johnson said BCoPD was told by police in Florence that a clerk at the Colonial Motel had seen notification about Caitlyn Virts’ disappearance on Facebook and contacted the authorities..

"This case really illustrates the value of multiple platforms for notifying people of emergency situations – in this case, the Amber Alert, mainstream media, social media, the billboards and posters distributed by the FBI," Johnson said. " Citizens who follow these notifications and call in tips truly are keyboard crime fighters, and we are immensely grateful for their participation in this crisis."

Johnson also thanked the many law enforcement partners who assisted with this case: the  FBI, Florence (SC) Police Department, Maryland State Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the region.

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