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Original release (July 5, 2016  5:14 p.m.):

Officers at the Wilkens precinct are investigating extensive vandalism that occurred last week at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Police are investigating this as a possible bias related crime because of information provided by the pastor that she believes the church has been victimized before because of its open acceptance of gays and lesbians. The church flies a gay unity flag on its doorstep. Police responded to a previous incident involving theft of this unity flag.

Officers responded to the church at about 9:40 a.m. June 30. The pastor told them that someone had broken into the church over night and ransacked it. Police found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about. A fire extinguisher had been used to spray throughout the church, damaging many items including church pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry erase board. These included, "666," "Hail Satan," WTF is Jezus?" and "Death 2 All."

Police believe the crime occurred some time between 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 9:40 a.m. on June 30.

This is an open investigation. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this crime should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (May 16, 2016  8:24 a.m.):

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate an April 30 shooting in Catonsville that left a 26-year-old man injured.

The investigation has indicated that just before 4 p.m. on April 30, the man was sitting in a Silver Acura in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue 21228. A dark green van drove slowly past him, then backed up next to the Acura. Someone inside the van fired a shot into the Acura before the van drove off.

The man was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his upper body and released.

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

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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

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Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Original release (May 2, 2016):

A 26-year-old man was injured Saturday in a shooting in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens.

Police responded to the call for a shooting just after 4 p.m. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

The investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Booking photo of Franklin Rider, 19, arrested for assaulting a police officer.A police officer from Precinct 1/Wilkens was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by an armed suspect in the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave., 21227.

The officer was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained when the suspect -- Franklin A. Rider, 19, of the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave.,  punched him repeatedly in the face with a closed fist.

Rider is charged with first degree assault, assault on a police officer and other offenses. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Police were called to the Halethorpe Avenue location at about 6:30 p.m. for a call of a disturbance. Rider's mother told police that her son was "destroying the house." The suspect, Rider, fled when police called out to him, and when officers caught up with him outside the home they saw what appeared to be a handgun in one of his hands and a knife in the other. The suspect dropped the weapons when ordered by police and immediately began physically to assault one of the officers. The officer used pepper spray to subdue the suspect so he could be placed under arrest.

The weapons -- initially believed to be a knife and a small handgun -- were a pair of scissors and a lighter shaped like a handgun. The investigation found that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The injured officer is a 3 1/2 year-veteran of BCoPD, Officer First Class J. Myers. He has been released from the hospital and continues to recuperate.

 
 

Revised June 28, 2016