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Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in a targeted home-invasion robbery of an elderly couple in Pikesville yesterday morning.

Timothy McCargo (45) of the unit block of Linden Avenue, 21217 was arrested around 6:40 p.m. last night after a swift and thorough investigation indicated he was the man who robbed a husband (70) and wife (68) inside their home in the 3300 block of Timberfield Lane, 21209.

Police were called to the home around 4:35 a.m. when the couple escaped their bindings after McCargo left in their Chevrolet Equinox with a number of their possessions, including cash, jewelry, credit cards, a phone, firearms, ammunition and a 20-pack of toilet paper.

McCargo is believed to have entered the couple's home through a window around 3:45 a.m. and remain undetected until the couple's dog woke the husband, who was then confronted by a gun wielding McCargo.

Suspect Charged

The investigation led police to McCargo at his residence in Baltimore City later the same day. Most of the couple's property has been recovered. One handgun remains outstanding. McCargo is charged with the following.

  • Home Invasion
  • Armed Robbery
  • Robbery
  • 1st Degree Burglary
  • 1st and 2nd Degree Assault
  • Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person with a Felony Conviction
  • Illegal Possession of Ammunition
  • Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle
  • Grand Theft

McCargo is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Booking photo of Timothy McCargo

Photo of Daniel Blackwell, charged with attempted murder, gun violations.Police found 15 firearms -- four of them loaded -- in the Dundalk row home where a man barricaded himself last night after an argument with his wife over a grilled cheese sandwich.

The suspect, Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, of the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St., 21224, is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions.

As a result of his actions last night, he has been charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and various firearms violations. His booking photo is posted to the left.

Last Night's Barricade

Police were dispatched to an end-of-group row home in the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St. at 4:48 p.m. for a domestic disturbance involving a gun.

The suspect's wife told first-arriving officers her husband had shot at her through the basement floor after he became angry when she took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.

She said the first shot was fired as she was in the kitchen making dinner. At that point, she went down to the basement to check on her husband, found him surrounded by guns and ammunition and went back upstairs. Blackwell briefly came upstairs, but retreated to the basement again. Soon after, the wife heard three more gunshots, the projectiles of which came through the kitchen floor near where she was standing. She and three teenagers fled the house and met waiting police officers.

BCoPD Tactical, K-9 and Hostage Negotiation teams responded. Blackwell engaged them in a standoff that lasted about three hours. The standoff ended when the suspect -- who was wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist but was not carrying a weapon at the time -- stepped out on the porch, allowing officers to use less lethal means (pepper balls) to subdue him and bring him into custody.

Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round placed just inside the front door.

Blackwell was taken immediately to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Currently, he remains in police custody in a hospital pending an emergency evaluation.

Body camera footage from this incident is part of an ongoing investigation.

Guns

Police seized three handguns and 12 long guns from the E. Baltimore Street home:

  • Remington .44 Magnum rifle (loaded)
  • Ruger .357 Magnum revolver (loaded)
  • Springfield .45 ACP (loaded)
  • Remington 1187 12-gauge shotgun (loaded)
  • Ruger Airhawk pellet rifle
  • Traditions hunter rifle .50 cal
  • Mossberg .22 cal rifle
  • Winchester 94 AE 30-30 rifle
  • Mossberg .22 rifle
  • Winchester .370 20-gauge shotgun
  • Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
  • Winchester 270 rifle
  • Ruger S7W .40 cal pistol
  • Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun

Police also found a large amount of ammunition and gun accessories.

A statement regarding firearms and the murder of five Dallas police officers has been issued by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson is chair of the Partnerhsip.

This is the statement in its entirety:

"The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence deeply mourns the loss of four Dallas Police Department Officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer, who were deliberately targeted for assassination today [July 7, 2016] by a deranged and cowardly group of individuals who were intent on killing law enforcement officers. We send our deepest condolences to the families of these brave fallen officers and to the officers and families of those who were shot and survived. Our thoughts are also with the citizens of Dallas, Texas and with this great Nation as we all share in the loss of these heroes.

Our coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations has long expressed our concern over the devastating toll of violence in our communities and in violence directed towards law enforcement. Those who encourage and call for violence against law enforcement are equally as guilty as those who commit such violence and do nothing to promote the kind of mutual trust and cooperation that is needed to ensure that every American can feel safe within their communities.

Law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line to protect others, but the prevalence of gun violence across our nation is making these jobs increasingly more dangerous. Here are some of the disturbing facts:

  • Firearm fatalities among law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have risen sharply this year, up 44 percent over the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  • Gunfire was the leading cause of officer line of duty deaths in 2014, as it has been since 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  •  An increasing proportion of police murders have been classified as ambushes. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, between 1990 and 2000, police murders that were attributable to ambush assaults was about 12 percent; from 2001 to 2012, that figure was 21 percent.
  •  Firearms were responsible for 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins study.

 Gun deaths among all Americans have been on the rise over the 15 years, going from an average of 79 per day in 2002, to 92 a day in 2014 -- the last year for which data is publicly available, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has stressed the need – as a public safety imperative – for improved responses to these senseless acts of violence and will remain committed to pursuing these improvements and calling attention to their need as we are doing today

We owe it to the heroes lost and injured today and to all of America’s law enforcement officers to do all we can to make our communities safer and to unite in support of one another, regardless of the color of our skin, how we worship, who we love or the uniform we wear. Dallas Chief of Police David Brown asked for our support and today, we pledge our support to the Dallas and DART Police Departments, to law enforcement nationwide, and to those in our communities who are far too often victimized by gun violence."

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016