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Have you seen Amanda Speddan?UPDATE (August 4, 8:12 a.m.):

Amanda Speddan has been found and returned home. Thanks to everyone who shared her information.

Original release (August 3, 4:48 p.m.):

Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl missing from her Reisterstown home since Friday evening.

Amanda Speddan is black, 5'6" and 130 pounds. She has black hair that she currently wears shoulder length, straight and in a pony tail. She has gray eyes. Amanda was last seen wearing a pink tank top and blue jeans with holes.

Amanda was last seen at her home in the 400 block of Shirley Manor Road. Her grandmother told police that she woke up Friday evening to find that Amanda was missing.

The missing girl has various medical issues, a fact which concerns her family and police. Police have reason to believe that Amanda has not left the Baltimore area.

Call BCoPD at 410-307-2020 if you have information that may help BCoPD find this missing child.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting this morning at the Carroll Park Apartments leasing office in the 200 block of Carroll Island Road near Bowleys Quarters.

A woman,47, suffered critical injuries and a man, 39, suffered non-life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds when a male suspect entered the leasing office of Carroll Park Apartments and opened fire with a long gun. Both victims are employees of the Carroll Park Apartments.

9-1-1 received a call for a shooting at 10:18 a.m. after a man entered the leasing office and fired at least one shot from a long gun at the woman. The suspect subsequently shot at the man, who had been ascending a staircase from the lower level of the building.  The suspect exited the building and returned to a van he had driven there. He placed the long gun on the hood of the van and remained there until he was approached by detectives, who were in the area on an unrelated investigation.  The suspect was taken into custody and the weapon recovered without any attempt from him to fight or flee. 

The 64-year-old suspect is held on pending charges.

The woman was flown by Medevac to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The man who was shot was treated and released at the scene by Baltimore County Fire Department EMS personnel.

The initial investigation indicates that at least one and possibly both victims was targeted by the suspect. Witnesses told police that the suspect is a former tenant of the apartment complex who had been evicted several months ago. Detectives have learned that the suspect has been involved in an ongoing dispute with several employees in the rental office.

 The incident remains under investigation Baltimore County Police's Violent Crimes Unit.

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for a First Degree Sexual Assault with a handgun.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that just before 6 p.m. on July 25, the victim, a 31-year-old transgender woman, met the suspect in the 3400 block of Gaither Road 21244 in Precinct 2/Woodlawn. They had previously met on-line, and after becoming acquainted on Facebook agreed to meet in person. The victim and suspect went for a walk that eventually took them off the footpath. As they walked away from the footpath, the suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and told the victim to enter the tree line area around a nearby field. While in the tree line area, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim. After the assault, the suspect and the victim exited the wooded area and the suspect ran off.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect based on information given to them by the victim.

The suspect has been identified as Tavon James Horton (24) of the 7900 block of Stowe Court 21244. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant that charges Horton with first-degree assault, first-degree sex offense, and related charges.

Detectives consider Tavon James Horton armed and dangerous.

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

Photograph of Tavon Horton

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