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Keyword: taser

UPDATE (May 3  5:11 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged Steven Vincent Allen (56) of the 5200 block of Benson Avenue, 21227 in the robbery of a woman in Arbutus after threatening her with a taser.

Allen was identified as the suspect shortly after surveillance images of the suspect were released this morning, and he was taken into custody around 11 a.m. He is charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Petty Theft and other relevant charges. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original Release (May 3, 2017  9 a.m.):

A 66-year-old woman was able to fend off a robber who threatened her with a hand-held taser device on a Friday afternoon.

The woman parked her car on the lot of Bank of America in the 5200 block of East Drive in Arbutus around 3:30 p.m. on April 21. As she exited her car she was approached by the suspect, who appeared to be an older white man, approximately 45-60 years of age, with long, stringy brown hair, wearing a distinctive red and black Nascar jacket and racing cap. He immediately presented a black taser, which he put near her neck, and attempted to grab her purse. Much to his surprise, instead of relinquishing her purse, the woman shoved the robber, who fell to the ground, dropping the taser. Her purse also fell to the ground, spilling the contents, including $9. The suspect picked up the cash and walked away in the direction of the Dollar General store, leaving the taser behind.

Officers canvassed the area and discovered the Nascar jacket and hat discarded nearby in a storm drainage ditch, but were unable to locate the suspect. He is believed to by a homeless resident who frequents the Arbutus area. Surveillance video revealed that the suspect walks with a distinctive shuffle-type gait.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

This case continues to be investigated by the Wilkens precinct Investigative Services Team.

Update (December 17, 2013): Under the terms of BCoPD's agreement with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, we are releasing certain information about officers involved in this shooting. They are: Officer Small, a nine-year veteran assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville; and Officer Cowley, a three-year veteran assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville.

Update (December 16, 2013): Elisha Pridgeon has been identified as the suspect shot by police on December 15. He has been arrested and charged and is now being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center with bail denied.

Photo of Elisha Pridgeon, arrested and charged in police involved shooting incident.Baltimore County Police are currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early this morning.

On December 15, at approximately 6:02 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road, 21208 for a check on subject call involving a woman screaming. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the unidentified male suspect attempted to attack a female who was walking near the location. Officers then spoke with the suspect, who was believed to be armed with a knife, and refused to comply with the officers' commands. Officers used tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in attempt to take the suspect who was large in build into custody. The suspect was able to elude the officers and jumped inside a vehicle he was driving. The suspect then attempted to strike the officers with the vehicle. Two of the officers then discharged their firearms striking the victim at least once. After a very brief pursuit, the suspect who is not being identified at this time was taken into custody.

This incident prompted response by officers from the Franklin and Woodlawn Precincts to assist.

The suspect was immediately transported by Baltimore County EMS personnel to an area hospital. However, the suspect was still being combative and required three officers to escort him to the hospital with the ambulance. Several officers received minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. The female victim in this case was unharmed.

Baltimore County Police detectives are conducting their investigation. The officers involved in the shooting will be assigned to administrative duties until the preliminary investigation has been completed. The officers involved will be identified at a later time per department policy.

Revised June 27, 2017