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UPDATE (November 18 5:43 p.m.):

A federal criminal complaint has been filed against Victor Arroyo in the Federal District Court for the State of Maryland. The complaint charges him with transportation of a minor.

UPDATE (November 17 5:11 p.m.):

Police in North Carolina have charged 22-year-old Victor Arroyo of Raleigh in connection to the Jasmine Baker case.

Baltimore County Detectives have also obtained an arrest warrant for Victor Arroyo charging him with kidnapping in connection with what happened in Baltimore County in this case. He has not been served with the arrest warrant yet.

UPDATE: November 15, 10 a.m.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker was returned to Maryland this morning by FBI agents. She will be interviewed by BCoPD's Crimes Against Children Unit as part of this ongoing investigation, after which she will be returned to the care and custody of her family.

The suspect, a North Carolina man whose identity has not yet been released, is held in North Carolina by federal law enforcement agents, who continue to question him. Charges are pending.

"It took dedication and skill on the part of our detectives and our partners at the FBI's Baltimore office to find this young girl. I am proud of the work they have done on this case," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said.

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Jasmine Leighlin Baker, the 12-year-old White Marsh girl who disappeared Tuesday morning after she left for school, was located by federal officers in North Carolina this evening.

FBI agents, who have been assisting BCoPD with this case, found Jasmine at about 10:30 p.m. in a residence in the Raleigh area. She appears unharmed and is in North Carolina, in the care of our federal law enforcement partners. She has been taken to a hospital for a medical examination.

Jasmine was in the company of a North Carolina man, believed by police to be in his 30s. This man is being questioned by federal agents.

Detectives continue to investigate how Jasmine met this man and the nature of their interactions over the past few days. Jasmine has not yet been interviewed.

Digital forensics -- specifically, the clues provided by Jasmine's activity on her iPod and Xbox -- played a crucial role in detectives' ability to find her.

The Baltimore County Police Department's final,official crime statistics for 2013 show reductions in overall crime and in almost every category of serious crime.

Chief Jim Johnson said these statistics -- which continue a years-long reduction in crime in Baltimore County -- are a testament to the quality of police personnel and the soundness of law enforcement strategies that involve identifying trends, understanding why trends occur and directing resources to the problem.

The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) compiles crime statistics in accordance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The final data presented here has been certified as accurate under the UCR system.

Here are the highlights of the 2013 crime statistics:

  • Total crime fell by 5.2 percent against previous five-year average.
  • Part I violent crime, the most serious violent crime, fell by 5.5 percent against the previous five-year average.
  • The number of homicides in 2013 dropped by seven cases – a nearly 26 percent drop – when compared to the previous five-year average.
  • Rapes fell by 19 cases and aggravated assaults by 258 cases.

Following a months-long internal investigation of the actions of a volunteer auxiliary police officer in Towson, Police Chief Jim Johnson has decided that this auxiliary officer will not return to patrol duties.

The auxiliary officer, Matthew S. Betz, 44, who has volunteered for BCoPD for 22 years, will be allowed to continue to perform administrative work for the department. (Johnson restricted him to administrative duties immediately after the February 23 incident.) His arrest powers have been suspended, meaning he cannot work in the field as an auxiliary officer.

The investigation by the Internal Affairs Division involved a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. in which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges. The auxiliary officer was assisting on-duty BCoPD officers when he became involved with a college student who was filming the incident.

The internal investigation found that the auxiliary officer behaved inappropriately. “The language he used was incorrect, unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Chief Johnson said.

About the Auxiliary Program

BCoPD’s Auxiliary Police Officer program, established by the Baltimore County Code, currently includes 88 trained volunteers. The Code specifies the qualifications, conditions of service and scope of duties for auxiliary officers.

Volunteer auxiliary officers must complete about 115 hours of training in order to be certified by the Police Chief to assist BCoPD officers. They do not carry firearms. Under the Code, all certified auxiliary officers have extremely limited powers of arrest.

Chief Johnson will require enhanced re-training of all existing volunteer auxiliary officers that exceeds the training they currently receive yearly.

“These volunteers make a huge commitment to this department and to this County. They contribute thousands of dollars worth of manpower each year – an asset we value and want to preserve,” Chief Johnson said. “At the same time, this recent incident highlighted the need to make sure volunteer auxiliary members are thoroughly trained and properly assigned, both for their own safety and for the good of our citizens.”

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