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UPDATE (December 15, 2016  12:28 p.m.):

The suspect shot by a vehicle owner in Halethorpe Wednesday morning has been identified as 17-year-old Timothy James Rivera of the 200 block of Furrow Street 21223. Rivera has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault, theft, and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a man observed Rivera breaking into his vehicle so he took a rifle outside and confronted Rivera. Rivera swung a knife or screwdriver at the man, cutting his hand. The man shot Rivera once and Rivera ran from the scene. He was later located, taken into custody, and treated at an area hospital for a gunshot wound to an upper extremity.

​The incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

After the investigation is complete, the actions of the man who shot Rivera will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.













Original release (December 15, 2016  8 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after a Halethorpe man shot someone trying to break into his car.

Just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police responded to a home in the 100 block of Hazel Avenue 21227 for a report of a theft from auto. The investigation has indicated that a 44-year-old man observed a suspect breaking into his vehicle so he took a rifle outside and confronted the suspect. The suspect swung a knife or screwdriver at him and he shot the suspect once. The 17-year-old suspect fled the scene, but was later located and taken into custody. He was treated at an area hospital for a gunshot wound to an upper extremity. 

​The incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit and will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

UPDATE (November 26, 2016 10:05 a.m.):

Justin Andrew Montgomery was taken into custody after peacefully surrendering himself to police in Baltimore County this morning.  Warrants obtained by both Baltimore County and Baltimore City in reference to this incident will be served.

Original release (November 25, 2016  8:23 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police and Baltimore City police are searching for a suspect in connection with two violent incidents in Baltimore City and one in Baltimore County.

Just before 1 p.m. Baltimore County Police responded to an apartment in the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane 21229 after receiving information from the Baltimore City Police Department about a possible armed person at the location. Baltimore County investigators later learned that the suspect had pointed a gun at a person in the apartment telling the person to leave. The suspect lived at the Maiden Choice Lane apartment.

Just after 6:30 p.m., Baltimore County Police entered the apartment and found it empty.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Justin Andrew Montgomery. He is a Caucasian male, 5'6" to 6'0", 150 pounds. He is believed to be wearing a Ravens sweatshirt, and dark pants. He may also have a dark hoodie.

Baltimore County investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for Montgomery in connection with the incident at his apartment. That warrant charges him with first-degree assault, a handgun violation, and related charges. He also faces charges in connection with the incidents in Baltimore City.

Police consider Montgomery armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him or having information about his is asked to immediately call 911.

Justin Montgomery   






 Justin Montgomery

Information from the Baltimore City Police Department

Southwest District

Robbery Investigation

On November 25, 2016, at approximately 12:00pm, officers were called to the 3600 block of Coolidge Avenue for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, they spoke with a 67-year old woman who told them a suspect just entered her home without permission. Once inside the home, the suspect assaulted her and then robbed her of a handgun and money. According to the victim, the suspect was armed with a knife during this incident. The victim was able to identify the suspect as a 29-year old acquaintance that she knew.

At approximately 12:15pm, officers received a call for service to a home in the 3700 block of Clarenell Road. When officers arrived at this location, they spoke with a 74-year old man who told them he was just robbed. The victim told officers that the suspect forced his way into his home and displayed a gun. The suspect then demanded that the victim give him his car keys. The suspect then left the location with the victim’s car. The victim identified the suspect as the same man from the earlier robbery on Coolidge Avenue.

During the course of the investigation, officers received information that the suspect was currently inside a home in Baltimore County. Officers contacted the Baltimore County Police Department and provided them with this information. The investigation into the two incidents in Baltimore City is ongoing.

UPDATE (December 29, 2016  3:38 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit Detectives believe that Derick Cromartie Jr was the person responsible for stabbing the victim in this case. Autopsy results on Cromartie are still pending.

UPDATE (November 28, 2016):

The deceased man in the Academy Road incident is Derick F. Cromartie Jr., 35, of the 300 block of S. Mount St. 21223. Autopsy results are pending, and the investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing.

Original release (November 23, 2016  3:28 p.m.):

Violent Crimes Unit Detectives are investigating a Wednesday morning stabbing in Catonsville.

At 9:24 a.m., police were called to a home in the 500 block of Academy Road 21228 for a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an adult female suffering from at least one stab wound. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

As officers went further into the house, they found an adult male deceased. They were not able to determine how he died are waiting for the medical examiner to arrive at the scene.

The man’s body will be transported to the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Investigators do not believe that there is any danger to the public at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Revised September 27, 2016