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UPDATE (May 23, 2017 1:42 p.m.):

The second victim of a 1st degree assault - arson - stemming from an altercation in White Marsh on December 4, 2015, has died.

Shawn Michael Scarinzi (25) of the 900 block of Topview Drive in Edgewood, 21040 died early yesterday morning, 17 months after being inadvertently set on fire during an altercation between his friend, David Benjamin Campbell, and the suspect, Christopher Harrison Jr.

After running out of gas on Pulaski Highway near Allender Road that afternoon, Campbell and Scarinzi were returning with containers of gasoline when an altercation erupted between Campbell and Harrison, resulting in Campbell punching Harrison. Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire. Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames. Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.  

David Benjamin Campbell (22) of the unit block of Runway Court in Middle River, 21220, died on January 7, 2017. His death is ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A warrant was issued to Harrison for homicide charges on May 16, 2017. The results of an autopsy performed on Scarinzi are pending.

Harrison was taken into custody at the time of the incident and held without bail, and remains confined to the Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea on July 28, 2016 to charges of 1st Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment, for which he was sentenced to 20 years and 5 years imprisonment, respectively, to be served consecutively.

Original release (December 7, 2015  12:51 p.m.):

At  4:42 p.m. on December 4, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Pulaski Highway and Allender Road 21162 for a report of a vehicle fire. When Fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found that two people, not a vehicle, had been set on fire.
 
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the suspect’s vehicle had run out of gas at the location at Pulaski and Allender Road. The suspect had just returned to his vehicle with a container of gas when he encountered the first victim. The suspect and the first victim have been involved in an ongoing dispute at work and became involved in an altercation. During the altercation, the suspect threw gasoline on the first victim and lit it on fire, and the first victim punched the suspect in the face. During the confrontation, gasoline that had ignited splashed onto a second victim, injuring him. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended nearby.
 
The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious burns. Their current conditions are unknown.
 
Detectives identified the suspect as 28-year-old Christopher Harrison Jr of the 900 block of Top View Drive 21040. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and related charges. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
 
This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Booking Photograph of Christopher Harrison Jr

A DNA sample taken from the remains of former priest A. Joseph Maskell does not match DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.

The Baltimore County Police Department on Wednesday received results from an accredited laboratory excluding Maskell as a contributor to DNA preserved from the crime scene.

Baltimore County Police detectives, who have been trying to solve the nun’s murder for nearly 50 years, exhumed Maskell’s body on February 28, 2017 to compare Maskell’s DNA to evidence from the crime scene.

A sample of Maskell’s remains was sent to Bode Cellmark Forensics in Lorton, VA for development of a DNA profile. (External analysis of solid evidence for DNA profiling is standard procedure; BCoPD’s in-house laboratory is used only for biological fluids.) This profile was compared with the crime scene evidence.

Maskell is not the first suspect whose DNA has been compared to the crime scene sample. Over the years, BCoPD detectives have developed DNA profiles of about a half-dozen suspects and compared them against the crime scene evidence. None of these suspects’ profiles have matched.

Also, the DNA profile from the crime scene evidence was placed into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System as soon as it was developed. There have been no matches of the Cesnik crime scene DNA profile with any DNA profile from the national database.

The fact that the DNA profiles of the various suspects have not matched the crime scene evidence does not necessarily exonerate them; it means only that the DNA technology available at this time has not provided evidence of a physical link to the crime scene.

Police Still Seek Leads

Homicide detectives say the negative results from the Maskell DNA profile comparison mean that their best hope for solving the case now lies with people who are still alive and willing to come forward with conclusive information about the murder.

Sister Cesnik’s body was found in a Lansdowne dumping area in January 1970. She was last seen at her Baltimore City apartment just before leaving to run errands in the Edmondson Village area. A fact sheet about the case is available on our web site.

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

UPDATE (May 12, 2017  9:11 a.m.):

Police have identified the victim of yesterday's fatal shooting as Davon Lamar Fuqua (32) of the unit block of Swampscott Court in Parkville, 21237. Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this shooting.

Original Release (May 11, 2017 12:42 p.m.):

A Parkville man is dead after being shot by an unknown suspect early this morning.

The victim (32), whose identity has not yet been released, was shot once in the upper body after parking his car in the unit block of Swampscott Court around 2 a.m. As he and his girlfriend were walking from the car to the building an unknown suspect approached, shot the victim, then fled the scene. The victim’s girlfriend was unharmed.

Police believe that the victim was targeted by the suspect and are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at www.metrocrimestoppers.org. 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.

This incident will remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Homicide Unit.
 
 
Revised September 27, 2016