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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

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Keyword: murder

Baltimore County Homicide Detectives are continuing to investigate a September 2014 shooting in Woodlawn that left a man deceased.

On September 26, 2014, at 11:45 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the parking lot of BJ Mallard’s bar located in the 1100 block of Ingleside Avenue 21207. When they arrived at the location, officers found 22-year-old Donyue Faison of the 700 block of Edmondson Avenue 21228 lying in the parking lot suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that Faison had been at the bar when he became involved in an altercation with another person. The altercation stopped in the parking lot but was about to start again when the victim was shot by an unknown person. Investigators believe that the person that the victim was arguing with was not responsible for the murder.

Homicide detectives conducted a thorough investigation into this incident; however, they have not been able to develop any information that positively identified any suspects. They are now looking to the public for help.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime or suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24 hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Photograph of Donyue Faison

Baltimore County Police have identified the December 26 homicide victim as Aaron Phillip Nedd, 28, of the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive, 21234. Investigation determined that two men came to Mr. Nedd's apartment to purchase marijuana. During the purchase, the men became involved in a fight. During the fight, one of the suspects shot Nedd multiple times to the victim's upper body. The suspects fled after the shooting. Mr. Nedd was pronounced deceased at the scene by Baltimore County Fire personnel, just before 11:30 p.m.

Police continued their investigation and were able to identify the two suspects involved in the homicide. The suspects have been identified as Perentz Darond Anderson, 30, of the 5700 block of Edgepark Road, 21239 and Mark Eugene Garland, 26, of the 5700 block of Edgepark Road, 21239. Anderson and Garland have each been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.

Booking photos of suspects Perentz Darond Anderson and Mark Eugene Garland are posted below.

Booking photo of Perentz Darond Anderson

Booking photo of Perentz Darond Anderson, charged in Parkville homicide.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Booking photo of Mark Eugene Garland

Booking photo of Mark Eugene Garland, charged in Parkville homicide.

UPDATE (September 26):

Baltimore County Police have charged 43-year-old Stephen Michael Cooke Jr with conspiracy to commit witness intimidation in connection with his trial on murder charges.

On April 20, 2000, the body of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski was found on her home in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue in Dundalk. The autopsy of her body concluded that the cause of death was strangulation and a cutting wound to her neck. The manner of death was homicide.

Detectives conducted a thorough investigation; however, they were not able to develop any information which led to the positive identification of a suspect and the case went cold.

In January 2012, detectives got the break they needed when evidence pointed to, Alexander Bennett (34). Further investigation led to the arrest of, Grant Lewis (35).

Homicide detectives never gave up on this case and in March of this year, the arrest of Bennett and Lewis provided the necessary link to also arrest Stephen Cooke, Heidi Bernadzikowski's boyfriend, for her murder.

Investigators later discovered that Stephen Cooke was attempting to hire another inmate at the Baltimore County Detention Center to harm Grant Lewis to prevent him from testifying. Stephen Cooke has been charged with conspiracy to commit witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit first degree assault. He is being held without bail on those charges.

Original release (March 21):

Fourteen years after the murder of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski in her Dundalk townhome, Baltimore County Police homicide detectives have arrested and charged her boyfriend with hiring someone to kill her.

This week, Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, of the 1000 block of Englishman Harbour, Pasadena, 21122, was charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested in Anne Arundel County and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police have believed almost from the beginning of this case that Cooke -- who was the victim's boyfriend and lived with her in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue -- conspired to kill Ms. Bernadzikowski, but detectives have been unable to prove his involvement. A breakthrough came recently, when one of the co-conspirators -- Alexander Charles Bennett, 34, of Greeley, Colorado -- identified Cooke as the person behind the murder. Bennett is in the Baltimore County Detention Center, awaiting trial.

Bennett was charged with first-degree murder in January 2012 after police discovered DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The investigation shows that Cooke hired Bennett and another conspirator, Grant A. Lewis, also of Colorado, to kill Bernadzikowski. Cooke wanted to collect a $700,000 insurance policy he had purchased on the victim months earlier, police believe.

Lewis, 35, of the 2500 block of Locust Street, Denver, Co., was arrested in Baltimore this week and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He is held without bail at BCDC.

The investigation shows that Cooke contacted Bennett and Lewis via the Internet and entered into a murder-for-hire agreement with them. Lewis was the middle man and remained in Colorado, coordinating Bennett's actions; Bennett traveled to Maryland and committed the murder, strangling Bernadzikowski and cutting her throat.

Homicide detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this case.

"We have been seeking justice in this case for a long time," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "Our Homicide detectives deserve credit for never giving up on these cold cases. They never forget these victims and their families, and they tirelessly pursue leads over many years. This time, their work has paid off."

Photos of Suspects

Stephen Michael Cooke Jr.

Photo of Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Grant A. Lewis

Photo of Grant A. Lewis, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Alexander Charles Bennett

Photo of Alexander Charles Bennett, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

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