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Date: Jan 27, 2015

Baltimore County detectives have made an arrest in connection with a house fire on the grounds of Fort Howard.

James William Folk (38) has been charged with second degree arson and second degree burglary. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bail.

On December 20, 2014 at 8:50 p.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to the 9600 block of Gettysburg Avenue 21052 for a report of a dwelling fire. One responding officer reported that he could see the fire from several miles away. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found a three story vacant dwelling with heavy fire showing.

The fire department response was then escalated to a second alarm. Approximately 15 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to fight the fire that was brought under control at 2:26 a.m.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set. Their investigation led them to identify Folk as the person responsible.

No injuries were reported during this incident.

Booking photograph of James William Folk

UPDATE (January 15, 2015):

Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit detectives are continuing to look for the suspect that robbed a Liberty Road Highs store on November 12, 2014.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years-old, 6’00”, 200 to 220 pounds, with a heavy build.

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

Original release (December 18, 2014):

Baltimore County detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a November robbery at a Liberty Road High’s.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on November 12, the suspect entered a High’s store in the 8700 block of Liberty Road 21133. He approached the counter, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Several images of the suspect were captured on the store’s surveillance system.

This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit. 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)

Web tip:

Revised June 27, 2017