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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

Baltimore County Police are investigating a murder/suicide in Edgemere. On July 29 at 3 p.m., police located William Lee Hasenei (47), and Robin Maureen Hasenei (49), inside their home, both suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. It is unclear which of the two was responsible for the shooting.

The incident began with an argument between Mrs. Hasenei and another man on July 28. On that date, just after 9 p.m., police received a 9-1-1 call for an assault. When police arrived, they met with a man who stated that he and a woman were on a pier, alongside the Hasenei’s home. According to this man, Mrs. Hasenei came from her home and started arguing with him because his truck was blocking Mrs. Hasenei’s truck in her driveway. During the argument, Mr. Hasenei came outside, held a gun to the head of the man on the pier, and stated “you are lucky I don’t blow your brains out.” The woman on the pier called police.

Officers investigating the assault did seize several guns from the Hasenei home, including the gun described by the victim from the pier. Mr. Hasenei was not arrested at that time due to his extensive medical illnesses. Police continued their investigation and received an arrest warrant for William Hasenei, charging him with first-degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Officers responded to the same location at 3 p.m. July 29 to arrest Mr. Hasenei. As the officers approached the house, they heard two gunshots from inside the home. Police went inside and found William and Robin Hasenei inside their bedroom. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police expect an autopsy to be performed on William and Robin Hasenei. Investigators are not searching for any additional suspects and do not believe that there is a threat to the public at this time.

UPDATE (July 29  1:51 p.m.):

After a bail review, Carl Ross is now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original release (July 29  10:04 a.m.):

On July 1, a detective with the Baltimore County Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit was conducting a check of the Internet for persons sharing child pornography. During that time, the detective identified a source that was sharing pornographic images of children.

Further investigation indicated that this source was located in a home in the Unit block of Pelczar Avenue 21221. On July 28, detectives served a search and seizure warrant on that home. Recovered during the search warrant was a computer and a cell phone. A preliminary review of the computer indicated that it contained child pornography. The Baltimore County Police Digital and Multi-Media Evidence Unit will conduct a detailed forensic examination.

The investigation has indicated that 28-year-old Carl Ross of the home in the Unit block of Pelczar Avenue 21221 was responsible for the child pornography on the computer recovered during the search and seizure warrant. The investigation also indicated that he knowingly and willfully received and shared child pornography.

During the investigation, detective also learned that Carl Ross had committed a sexual offense against a 10-year-old girl.

Carl Ross has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography as well as sexual abuse of a minor and related charges. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $275,000 bail.

Booking Photograph of Carl Ross

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