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Original release (September 26, 2016  8:01 a.m.):

Tiona Smith

Almost 11 years after Tiona Smith was brutally murdered, detectives continue to search for her killer.

On November 5, 2005 at 10:45 p.m. 23-year-old Tiona Smith left her job at a McDonalds on Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville. She got on an MTA bus and rode it to a stop at Eutaw Street and Fayette Street in Baltimore City. A witness saw a small four door car occupied by three males pull up to her at the intersection. One of them called her by name and eventually, she got into the car.

At 11 a.m. the next morning, Tiona Smith’s body was found to the rear of 6800 Fox Meadow Road by some children playing in the neighborhood. She had trauma to her head and upper body. The Medical Examiner determined that her cause of death was multiple sharp force injuries and her manner of death was homicide.

Tiona Smith was described by friends and family as an easy going, friendly person who was pleasant to speak with. Family and friends do not know of anyone that would have wanted to harm Tiona.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Detectives conducted a thorough investigation into this incident. Unfortunately, they were not able to develop any information that might lead to the positive identification of any suspects.

Detectives are asking anyone that has information on this case to contact police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Any information that can be provided on this case is important. Even if a person thinks the information will not mean anything or is not enough to help, it could be that little bit of information that helps police clear this case.

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/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

UPDATE (August 26, 2016  9:09 p.m.):

York Road was opened at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

Original release (August 26, 2016  3:12 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after a tractor trailer turned on its side on York Rd just north of the Hunt Valley Towne Center.

At 2:22 p.m. this afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to York Road and Thornton Mill Road for an overturned vehicle. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a tractor trailer on its side in the south-bound lanes of York Road. Some fuel had leaked from the tractor trailer.

There are no reports of injuries.

York Road is going to be shut down in both directions between Thornton Mill Road and Phoenix Road for an extended period of time.

The crash is being investigated by the Precinct 7 Traffic Team. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

UPDATE (August 18, 2016  9:47 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the suspect from the incident in Monkton yesterday as 34-year-old Jacob Ryan Beckett of the 16900 block of York Road 21111. Beckett has been charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree burglary, and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just after 5 a.m. yesterday morning, police responded to the 16900 block of York Road 21111 for an urgent check on welfare. Information was then received that a man had shot at his girlfriend at the location. When officers arrived at the scene, they located a 38-year-old woman who was suffering from minor injuries. She had not been shot.

The investigation into the incident has indicated that Beckett and the woman had been inside an apartment in the 16900 block of York Road. Beckett began discharging a handgun inside the apartment and threatened her. She was able to get the gun away from Beckett and he fled the scene.

After fleeing the apartment, Beckett broke into Mount Carmel Animal Hospital and stayed there for approximately three minutes. While police were responding to the shots fired call, a 911 call was received from inside the business. Beckett then broke into a Nationwide Insurance office nearby. At approximately 5:16 a.m. a call was received from the business from a male who identified himself as “Mike”.

Beckett was later taken into custody behind Meadowcroft Towing.

This incident remains under investigation by the Cockeysville Precinct Investigative Services Team.

Booking Photograph of Jacob Beckett

   

UPDATE (August 17, 2016  12:12 p.m.):

The investigation into the incident so far has indicated that a man and his girlfriend had been inside an apartment in the 16900 block of York Road. The man began discharging a handgun inside the apartment and threatened her. She was able to get the gun away from him and the man fled the scene. He was later located unarmed in a trailer behind Meadowcroft Towing and taken into custody.

The handgun was recovered at the scene of the original incident.

The man's information will be released after he is officially charged.

The woman received minor injuries during the incident. She was not shot.

During the incident, police discovered burglaries at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital and a Nationwide Insurance Office. The connection between those incidents and the assault remains under investigation.

The incident remains under investigation by the Cockeysville Precinct Investigative Services Unit.

UPDATE (August 17, 2016  11:45 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have taken the suspect into custody. Further information will be released after he is officially charged.

UPDATE (August 17, 2016  9:58 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are looking for a 33-year-old Caucasian male, 5'07", with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone seeing him or with information about him is asked to call police immediately at 410-307-2020 or 911.

UPDATE (August 17, 2016  9:28 a.m.):

York Road has been re-opened.

Original release (August 17, 2016  9:09 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating an early morning assault in Monkton.

At 5:11 a.m. this morning, police responded to the 16900 block of York Road 21111 for an urgent check on welfare call. Information was then received that a man fired shots at his girlfriend.

Police located the woman who has some minor injuries but was not shot. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of police. Police believe he may be armed.

Burglaries were discovered at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital and a Nationwide Insurance Business. Their connection to the assault is being investigated.

York Road has been shut down between Mount Carmel Road and Everett Road while police search for the suspect.

Anyone with information about this incident or anyone seeing any suspicious persons, vehicles, or conditions in the area is asked to call police immediately at 410-307-2020 or 911.

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016