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UPDATE (May 15):

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department are continuing to search for the suspect responsible for a home invasion and rape that occurred March 26 in the 4000 block of Colchester Road 21229.

The Baltimore City Police Department is looking for the same suspect for a sexual assault that occurred on January 2 in the same apartment complex in the 1000 Block of Arion Park Road. City detectives are working in conjunction with county detectives on this case.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Original release (April 17):

The Baltimore County Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a home invasion and rape that occurred March 26, about 2 a.m., in the 4000 block of Colchester Road 21229 in Precinct 1/Wilkens. The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years of age, medium build, approximately 5'10", mustache/beard, last seen wearing glasses and blue coveralls.

The image attached to this release is a composite sketch of the suspect developed during the investigation. The suspect is not known to the victim, a 26-year-old woman. He forcibly entered her home and assaulted her.

The Baltimore County Police Department takes violent crimes such as this seriously and have adjusted operations to ensure the safety of the community.

This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Special Victims Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

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UPDATE (March 10):

Tyreke Anthony Cooke has been located unharmed and returned home.

Original release (March 9):

Police are searching for Tyreke Anthony Cooke, a missing 12-year-old.

Police are asking the public's help finding a 12-year-old boy missing from Precinct 1/Wilkens since this morning, when he left for school but never got on the bus.

Tyreke Anthony Cooke is black, 4'10" tall and 82 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray and orange jacket, a Denver Broncos shirt and blue jeans. This morning he left his home in the 4400 block of Alan Drive, 21229, to go to Halethorpe Elementary, but he never got on the school bus and has not been seen since.

Tyreke has health issues and takes medicine regularly.

If you have any information about Tyreke Cooke, contact police as soon as possible at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (January 27):

Kyron Aikens, the 13-year-old boy rescued from an icy pond in Lansdowne on Sunday, has died.

Aikens and three other boys had been standing on the ice covering a pond behind Lansdowne High School when the ice broke causing all four boys to fall into the water. Two of the boys were able to get out on their own and one boy was rescued by two men who had been in the area and saw what had happened. Aikens was rescued from the pond by members of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company after being in the water for over an hour.

Chive Omar Benjamin (12), the boy rescued by bystanders, remains in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments remind everyone: Never walk on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.

Original release (January 26):

Two boys, ages 12 and 13, remain hospitalized in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after they and two other friends fell through the ice Sunday into a Lansdowne pond.

Fire crews, including five water rescue teams, were dispatched at 1:28 p.m. to a call for an ice rescue at Hillcrest Park on 3rd Avenue. The pond is adjacent to the rear of the Lansdowne High School property.

First-arriving fire and police personnel found a bystander who said he and another witness saw four boys walking across the pond when they fell through ice that was one to two inches thick. Two of the boys made it to the shore on their own, and the bystanders -- who did not know each other --  ran  to help the two who remained in the water.

The bystanders ran into the freezing water and were able to pull one of the missing boys, Chive Omar Benjamin, 12, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd., Columbia, to shore. Benjamin was unconscious. The bystanders began providing medical care until police and BCoFD medical personnel arrived (about three minutes after the dispatch time).

The fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, 13, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave., 21230, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by members of the Arbutus VFD water rescue team. He  was in cardiac arrest. After a consultation with doctors at St. Agnes Hospital, BCoFD transported the boy by ground to St. Agnes; he later was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aikens and Benjamin are listed serious condition in Hopkins' Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Patients in cardiac arrest who have been submerged in very cold temperatures sometimes have a better chance of survival than other cardiac arrest patients because the cold drastically slows down the heart and respiratory systems.)

The other two boys, Junior Wilbert Thomas, 8, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd. in Columbia and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of the 3400 block of Spellman Rd., 21225, were transported to St. Agnes Hospital and have been released.

Ice Rescue

About 25 career and volunteer fire units responded to this rescue, including water rescue teams from the following companies: Arbutus VFD, Texas Station #17, Carroll County's Gamber VFC, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. and North Point/Edgemere Station VFD.

Arbutus VFD took the lead on this rescue. A diver from the Gamber VFC located the fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, in the water; personnel from Arbutus transported him to shore.

Fire officials said this incident illustrates why in Maryland walking across or playing on the ice is never safe. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic almost never become cold enough to create a layer of ice thick enough for recreation.

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