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Baltimore County Police have charged a man in connection with a shooting in Essex Saturday evening.

Alexander Morgan Francis (29) of the 1000 block of Foxridge Lane in Essex, 21221, is charged with 1st Degree Assault and weapons violations and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Francis was identified by the victims, a 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman, as the shooter, with whom both are acquainted. One of the women had argued with Francis when they crossed paths at a convenience store earlier in the evening.

The women flagged down an officer on Foxchase Lane after fleeing Sandalwood Road where they heard gunshots and saw Francis run out from Punjab Drive, shooting at their car. Neither of the women suffered any physical injuries and no damage was found on the vehicle.

Officer Bostedo and her K9 partner, Yukon, responded to the scene and located Francis in a nearby alley, where he was placed under arrest without incident. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of bullet holes in the siding of a building in the 900 block of Punjab Drive.

Baltimore County Police are seeking to locate a missing girl. Giselle Melgar, 13, from the 1600-block of Poles Road, 21221, was last seen just before 4:30 p.m. today. Melgar is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5”, 105 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray sweatshirt, distressed jeans, fury slip-on sandals, with her hair in a bun held by a rainbow hair clip.

If anyone has information concerning Giselle Melgar, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

Baltimore County Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying a burglar who attempted to enter an occupied home in the 1100 block of Arran Road in Towson just after midnight on Friday, October 6. 

The burglar was caught on the homeowner’s surveillance camera entering an exterior sunroom at 12:04 a.m., peeking through the sliding glass door into the kitchen where the resident was walking around.  At 12:06 a.m., the burglar can been seen in the video walking around the sunroom carrying what appears to be a handgun in his right hand, attempting to open the sliding glass door. He quickly leaves when he is spooked by the homeowner’s dog. The burglar left the yard for about 6 minutes before returning through a rear gate at 12:12 a.m., again attempting to open the sliding glass door. This time the dog can be heard frantically barking, and the burglar flees the location through the rear gate. The homeowner then exited the house and followed the dog to the rear gate, where he saw the suspect fleeing through a back alley.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit is continuing to investigate this incident.

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.

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)

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017