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Date: Jan 22, 2015

UPDATE (January 23 1:44 a.m.):

Police have discovered where the woman found wandering in Towson lives. She has been returned home. The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information, especially on social media.

No further information is available at this time.

Original release (January 22):

At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, a Baltimore County Police officer on routine patrol found a person wandering in the middle of the street at Bellona Avenue and Old Orchard Lane in Towson. The person is described as a black female possibly in her early 20’s, 5’06”, 110 pounds, wearing a tan coat, dark blue jeans, and beige flip flops.

The female is uninjured and appears to be in good health. However she does not communicate and has no identification on her. Officers have been attempting to locate a family member or someone else who knows her with no success.

Anyone who may have information on this woman is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (January 22 11:12 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have obtained arrest warrants for two men in connection with a January 13 shooting in an apartment building on Liberty Road that left a man deceased.

  • Ryan Jamal Burris (20) of the 800 block of North Payson Street 21217
  • Donte Leon Dunbar (19) of the 1600 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway 21217

The arrest warrants charge both men with first-degree murder and related charges. They are currently being held in Baltimore City on other charges.

On January 13 at 10:30 p.m., police responded to the Balmoral Towers apartment building in the 6800 block of Liberty Road 21207 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered 32-year-old Seydina Oumar Soumagel lying in a hallway suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that the Burris and Dunbar shot Oumar during a robbery outside of his apartment. Investigators believe that Oumar was targeted.

UPDATE (January 14 9 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the man that died after being shot in the hallway of a Gwynn Oak Apartment building as 32-year-old Seydina Oumar Soumagel of the 6800 block of Liberty Road 21207.

At 10:30 p.m. last night, police responded to the Balmoral Towers apartment building in the 6800 block of Liberty Road 21207 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered Soumagel lying in a hallway suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was declared deceased at the scene.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.

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

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

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

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

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Original release (January 14 6:42 a.m.):

At 10:30 p.m. on January 13, Baltimore County Police received a 9-1-1 call for a shooting occurring at the Balmoral Towers apartment building, located in the 6800-block of Liberty Road 21207. When officers arrived at the scene, they located a 32-year-old man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was found in the hallway of the apartment building. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause and manner of death are pending the determination of an autopsy by the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

No further information at this time. County Police continue to investigate this homicide and ask for the public's assistance at this time. If anyone has any details about this crime, they are asked to call the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

Release from the United States Attorney's Office:

January 22, 2015


Baltimore, Maryland – James Robert Hensler, age 24, of Dundalk, pleaded guilty late yesterday to aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“The FBI has aggressively investigated numerous people who have pointed lasers at aircraft since Congress passed the law in 2012,” said Stephen Vogt, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Division. “People may think of this as a harmless prank, but pointing a laser at a pilot creates an undeniable danger for everyone on board that aircraft. We ask the public to contact us with any information they may have about similar incidents.”

Chief James Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department stated, “I am glad that this case has come to a positive conclusion and Mr. Hensler is being held accountable. Pointing a laser pointer at any aircraft is a serious matter, as it threatens the lives of those on the aircraft as well as people on the ground. In this incident, the crew of the Baltimore County Police helicopter was lucky that the use of the laser pointer did not lead to a tragic loss of life.”

According to Hensler’s plea agreement and other court documents, on September 30, 2014, a Baltimore County Police helicopter was flying over the area of Patapsco High School when the cockpit was illuminated twice by a green laser beam. Two flight officers in the helicopter put a spotlight on the person whom they saw illuminate the cockpit and called for ground units to respond. Arriving ground units saw Hensler in the area and questioned him. Hensler denied having anything to do with the laser. The flight officers directed the ground officers to a location where they had seen Hensler put his hand prior to the ground officers’ arrival. The responding officers located and seized the laser pointer. After being shown the laser pointer, Hensler admitted that he had used the laser pointer to hit the helicopter because he wanted to see how far the laser could shine.

Hensler faces a maximum of five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for March 25, 2015.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and Baltimore County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Harvey E. Eisenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

Revised June 27, 2017