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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.

UPDATE (August 29, 2016  9:11 p.m. - Source: FBI):

Tavon Donte Hawkins was apprehended this afternoon without incident in Baltimore around 5:40 p.m. We Still need the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in the video with the Orioles hat and capturing him. The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and ATF Baltimore appreciates your assistance.

Original release (August 29, 2016 - Source: FBI):

FBI & ATF Seeking Information on “Armed Robbers” of Gun Shop

Baltimore – The FBI Baltimore Violent Crimes Task Force and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Division, are seeking the public’s help in locating two individuals who were part of an armed robbery of “Blue Fins Bait, Tackle, and Guns” located at 701 Wise Avenue, Dundalk on August 5, 2016.

On August 5th, at approximately 7:30 p.m. video from Blue Fins showed four male suspects enter the business.  The four male suspects took cash as well as numerous firearms before leaving the store. A fifth suspect served as a lookout and driver. No one was injured in the robbery attempt.

Three of the subjects have been arrested and are currently jailed in Baltimore County.  Investigators believe that the fourth suspect is Tavon Donte Hawkins, a black male, 5’05, approximately 180 lbs.  Hawkins is known to frequent the Cherry Hill area in Baltimore City.  Investigators need the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the fifth unknown subject.

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.

If anyone has any information on Tavon Hawkins or the unidentified armed robber, you are asked to call the Baltimore FBI at 410-265-8080.

From the FBI Baltimore Office:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          

January 30, 2015

Reward Offered in Search for Armed Serial Robber

Baltimore Co., MD – The Baltimore FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, Baltimore County Police and Baltimore City Police are asking the public for help identifying a man who has robbed several convenience stores in recent weeks. The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Investigators say he’s a black man, about 6’ tall, weighs about 220 pounds, and is in his mid 30’s. Witnesses describe him as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, with khaki pants and a black cap in several of the robberies. Investigators believe he’s responsible for robberies at the Royal Farms at 3701 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD on November 11, 2014; the 7-11 at 5920 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD on December 2, 2014; and the Highs at 8710 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD on November 11, 2014. Investigators say he may be responsible for several other robberies in the Baltimore region.

Witnesses in some robberies say the suspect comes into the store, acts like he is going to buy merchandise, but then quickly flashes a gun at the clerk as they are ringing him up. He puts the gun away and then walks out of the stores with a bag of cash.

If you have any information about the robber or the robberies, you are asked to call the Baltimore FBI at 410-265-8080. You could receive a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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.

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016