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UPDATE (July 11, 2016  1:24 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with a Saturday morning stabbing in Hunt Valley.

William Johnson Jr (48) of the 1500 block of Gilmore Street 21217 has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just before 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Baltimore County Police responded to the 1500 block of Shawan Road 21030 for a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 48-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to the chest. The man was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

The investigation into the incident indicated that Johnson and a co-worker had been having an on-going dispute. They stopped their work truck on the side of Shawan Road Saturday morning to adjust a load. While they were on the side of the road, they became involved in an argument. During the argument, Johnson stabbed the co-worker and fled the scene.

Johnson turned himself in at the Towson Precinct late Saturday afternoon.

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

Booking Photograph of William Johnson Jr

Original release (July 9, 2016  11:58 a.m.):

A 48-year-old man was stabbed in the chest by his coworker following an argument while stopped on the side of the road this morning. 
The coworkers were on their way to a work site at approximately 7:43 a.m. when they stopped on the side of Shawan Road between Beaver Dam and Falls Roads to adjust a load that they were carrying in their work truck.  The two coworkers have apparently been having an ongoing feud, which they continued on the side of the road, until one coworker stabbed the other in the chest. 
Police and Medics responded to the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital to undergo treatment for a life-threatening wound. The suspect, a known adult male, fled the scene and remains outstanding at last check. 
The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

UPDATE (June 28, 2016  1:54 p.m.):

The autopsy on Rebekah Jea Strausbaugh's body has indicated that the cause of her death was strangulation and the manner of her death was homicide.

Original release (June 28, 2016  11:13 a.m.):

A missing person investigation in Pennsylvania has led to a homicide investigation in Baltimore County.

At 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, York Area Regional Township Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Cambridge Drive in Red Lion, PA for a missing person report. The complainant told police that he had not seen 30-year-old Rebekah Jea Strausbaugh since June 24th. She was going to Baltimore for the weekend and was supposed to return that day.

As part of the missing person investigation, officers responded to Strausbaugh’s home in the 200 block of Cambridge Drive, to speak with Strausbaugh’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Michael Anthony Morant.

The investigation has indicated that Strausbaugh and Morant lived together at the Cambridge Drive home. On June 25, Morant went to Baltimore City to look for Strausbaugh. He located her at the Shake Shack on Pratt Street and they both got into his car and drove north-bound on I-83. While they were in the car, they began to argue. He pulled off of I-83 to the area around Ensor Mill Road and Belfast Road in Sparks, MD. They got out of the car and continued to argue. The argument turned physical resulting in injuries to Strausbaugh that left her unresponsive. When Strausbaugh did not respond to Morant, he drug her body into the woods and covered her with a blanket.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Detectives located Strausbaugh’s body in the woods in the 15500 block of Ensor Mill Road 21152. Strausbaugh’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore City for an autopsy.

Michael Anthony Morant has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Booking Photograph of Michael Anthony Morant

 Original release (June 26, 2016  12:55 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a Saturday night crash in Timonium that left a man deceased.

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that at approximately 9 p.m., a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east-bound on East Padonia Road. A 2017 Toyota Corolla was making a left turn from Treherne Road to west-bound East Padonia Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

The operator of the motorcycle, 22-year-old Myles Alexander Dezurn of the 5900 block of Montgomery Avenue 21207, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the Corolla, a 26-year-old man, was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

The crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.


Revised June 28, 2016