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Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this suspect who robbed a Royal Farm store in Randallstown, threatening to shoot the clerk.

Royal Farm robbery suspect

Witnesses have described him as an older black man with a black goatee and distinctive dark moles all over his face. He is approximately 5'7 with a medium build.

The suspect walked into the Royal Farm store in the 9000 block of Liberty Road in the early morning hours on Thursday, April 12. He approached the check-out counter, revealed a weapon to the clerk, and demanded money out of the register. The suspect fled towards the Randallstown Plaza shopping center.

Anyone with information on this suspect's identity is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

Reward Offered

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. Rewards are only offered when tips are submitted to Metro Crime Stoppers.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

A fire that began early this morning destroyed a large home in the Phoenix area.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 1:57 a.m. to the unit block of Glenberry Court, 21131,  where first-arriving units found a large home fully involved with fire. Crews determined that all occupants of the home were accounted for and moved immediately to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.

Because the rural areas of Baltimore County are not served by hydrants, tanker strike teams were dispatched to bring water. This is a standard firefighting procedure for significant fires in rural areas. Commanders noted that this fire was so large and advanced when units arrived that the home likely would have been destroyed even if it had been located in an area served by hydrants.

Several collapses occurred during firefighting operations as the fire structurally damaged the home. A 500-gallon oil tank was located inside the home and required mitigation.

A brush fire that ignited as a result of the dwelling fire was quickly extinguished by fire crews.

No firefighters were injured.

One resident of the home, a man, was transported to a local hospital for injuries believed to be non life-threatening.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

UPDATE (April 22, 2018 7:30 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Unit have made two arrests in connection with the Friday carjacking of a pregnant teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School. 

booking photo of carjacking suspect, Tyana HolmesTyana Keyshawn Holmes (16) of the 2400 block of East Federal Street, 21213 has been charged as an adult with Carjacking, Robbery, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A 14-year-old girl has also been charged as a juvenile and will remain unidentified.

Detectives from the Carjacking Unit continue to work to identify the other two girls involved. They are also still looking for the black Kia Sportage stolen from the teacher, who is in good condition.

Anyone who has information on the additional two suspects or the location of the stolen Kia is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

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. Rewards are only offered when tips are submitted to Metro Crime Stoppers.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 

Original Post (April 20, 2018 4:30 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a carjacking at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville after four girls assaulted a teacher and stole her car.

The teacher, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, was not injured during the incident but did later respond to a local hospital to be checked by a doctor.

The four girls, believed to be in their teens, were buzzed into the school when they said they were there to inquire about registering a child. After speaking with the office staff, they left the school and were in the parking lot as the teacher was walking out of the school to her car, carrying her purse and cell phone in her hand. The girls approached the teacher and knocked the cell phone out of her hand. The teacher turned to run but fell, dropping her purse. The girls took the phone and the purse, containing the teacher's car keys. Two of the suspects left in the vehicle they'd driven there while the other two left in the teacher's black 2013 Kia Sportage.

The Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team responded to the school and are continuing the investigation into this incident.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017