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UPDATE (January 27):

Kyron Aikens, the 13-year-old boy rescued from an icy pond in Lansdowne on Sunday, has died.

Aikens and three other boys had been standing on the ice covering a pond behind Lansdowne High School when the ice broke causing all four boys to fall into the water. Two of the boys were able to get out on their own and one boy was rescued by two men who had been in the area and saw what had happened. Aikens was rescued from the pond by members of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company after being in the water for over an hour.

Chive Omar Benjamin (12), the boy rescued by bystanders, remains in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments remind everyone: Never walk on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.

Original release (January 26):

Two boys, ages 12 and 13, remain hospitalized in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after they and two other friends fell through the ice Sunday into a Lansdowne pond.

Fire crews, including five water rescue teams, were dispatched at 1:28 p.m. to a call for an ice rescue at Hillcrest Park on 3rd Avenue. The pond is adjacent to the rear of the Lansdowne High School property.

First-arriving fire and police personnel found a bystander who said he and another witness saw four boys walking across the pond when they fell through ice that was one to two inches thick. Two of the boys made it to the shore on their own, and the bystanders -- who did not know each other --  ran  to help the two who remained in the water.

The bystanders ran into the freezing water and were able to pull one of the missing boys, Chive Omar Benjamin, 12, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd., Columbia, to shore. Benjamin was unconscious. The bystanders began providing medical care until police and BCoFD medical personnel arrived (about three minutes after the dispatch time).

The fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, 13, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave., 21230, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by members of the Arbutus VFD water rescue team. He  was in cardiac arrest. After a consultation with doctors at St. Agnes Hospital, BCoFD transported the boy by ground to St. Agnes; he later was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aikens and Benjamin are listed serious condition in Hopkins' Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Patients in cardiac arrest who have been submerged in very cold temperatures sometimes have a better chance of survival than other cardiac arrest patients because the cold drastically slows down the heart and respiratory systems.)

The other two boys, Junior Wilbert Thomas, 8, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd. in Columbia and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of the 3400 block of Spellman Rd., 21225, were transported to St. Agnes Hospital and have been released.

Ice Rescue

About 25 career and volunteer fire units responded to this rescue, including water rescue teams from the following companies: Arbutus VFD, Texas Station #17, Carroll County's Gamber VFC, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. and North Point/Edgemere Station VFD.

Arbutus VFD took the lead on this rescue. A diver from the Gamber VFC located the fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, in the water; personnel from Arbutus transported him to shore.

Fire officials said this incident illustrates why in Maryland walking across or playing on the ice is never safe. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic almost never become cold enough to create a layer of ice thick enough for recreation.

UPDATE (September 2):

On August 31, 28-year-old Rony Leonel Deleon turned himself in at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building. He had been wanted by police on charges stemming from an August 27 incident in the 3000 block of Bero Road 21227 that left a man injured. The tactical team was called in to safely clear the house when police believed that the suspect was inside. When the tactical team entered the home, there was no one inside.

Damaris Noemi Chavez-Calderon accompanied Rony Leonel Deleon to the Public Safety Building. She advised police that she had willingly been with Rony Leonel Deleonn and wanted police to know she was OK.

The investigation into the August 27 incident had indicated that the Rony Leonel Deleon-Bartolon stabbed the victim during an altercation in the Bero Road home.

Rony Leonel Deleon is charged with first degree assault and related charges. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Booking photo of Rony Leonel Deleon

Original release (August 28):

Police continue to search for the suspect in yesterday's stabbing incident on Bero Road in Lansdowne, as well as for a 24-year-old woman who remains missing from the home where the stabbing occurred.

Police have obtained a warrant for Rony Leonel Deleon, 28, of the 3000 block of Bero Road, 21227, charging him with first- and second-degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. The man stabbed by Deleon has been released from a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

Police continue to search for and ask for information about Damaris Noemi Chavez-Calderon, 24, also of the Bero Road home where the barricade occurred. Chavez-Calderon and Deleon are involved in a romantic relationship. Police are uncertain if the two are together and want to confirm that she is unharmed. Chavez-Calderon is Hispanic, 5'5" and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Yesterday's Incident

At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Baltimore County Police responded to the 3000 block of Bero Road in Lansdowne in Precinct 1/Wilkens.

First-arriving officers found a man in the apartment complex parking lot who had been stabbed. The victim told police that the suspect ran back into the home and that he believed a woman also was inside the home. However, when the Tactical Team checked the home, they did not find anyone inside.

The investigation of this incident remains active and ongoing. Detectives say it is unclear what the victim's relationship is to Deleon and Chavez-Calderon.

Police do not believe there is any danger to the community.

Photo of Damaris Noemi Chavez-Calderon

Photo of Damaris Nohemi Calderon-Chavez.

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 at 410-887-2222. 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.

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