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UPDATE (June 6, 2017 4:24 p.m.):

Charlotte Slifker has been located safe. Thank you to all for your efforts in finding her.

Original Release (June 5, 2017 12:18 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a woman missing from Essex.

Charlotte Slifker was last seen by her husband in their home in the 700 block of Norris Lane around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. When he got up in the morning he found that she was gone. She has not been seen or heard from since. She is believed to have left on foot as she does not have a driver's license.

Charlotte Slifker is a 44-year-old white female, 5'5", 260 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue pants but may have changed clothing since she was seen.

Anyone with information on Charlotte Slifker's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or at the Essex precinct at 410-887-0220.

Police have charged a suspect in the Saturday afternoon shooting of a man on Sugarwood Circle in Essex.

Police responded to the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle around 1:57 p.m. last Saturday for a call of a shooting. They located the victim, 26, with a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the area prior to the arrival of officers, but the investigation led detectives to identify Montez Deonta Harrell (25) of the Unit block of Kinwall Place in Nottingham, 21236 as the shooter.

Harrell is charged with the following:

  •         Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  •         1st Degree Assault
  •         2nd Degree Assault
  •         Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  •         Handgun on Person

Police are still uncertain as to what led to the shooting, but believe that the victim and Harrell are known associates. The victim continues to be treated at an area hospital.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit.

Montez Deonta Harrell

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
Revised June 27, 2017