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Date: Nov 30, 2017

In a collaborative effort between jurisdictions, patrol based units, and the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit, an armed commercial robbery suspect who struck in numerous areas around Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County since mid-November is now in custody.

Thomas Hudson III (53) of no fixed address was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Armed Robbery, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime and 1st Degree Assault.

“We as a Department must continue to do our best to fight crime and remove those committing these violent offenses within our community,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. One day before Thanksgiving, our officers accomplished just that.

Hudson's crime spree was first noticed when he attempted to rob a McDonald's restaurant on Reisterstown Road on November 15. He displayed a handgun at the counter and demanded cash out of the register. Instead of responding to his demands, the employee screamed and ran to the back of the store. Hudson left empty handed but held up a Dunkin Donuts on Liberty Road half an hour later.

Detectives have linked Hudson to at least six armed robberies occurring in Baltimore County as well as additional armed robberies in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. In Baltimore County Hudson has been linked mostly to armed robberies of fast food restaurants, typically leaning in the drive-thru window, displaying a handgun and demanding cash. He has also been linked to the robberies of a private business, corporate office, and a pharmacy. Members of the Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County Police Departments have met, collaborated, and cooperated in search warrants and other investigative means in the effort to stop this criminal.

The case began to break when Hudson was caught on video attempting to use a credit card stolen in one of his robberies, followed up by surveillance video obtained of Hudson leaving the scene of one of the robberies in an older model tan Buick LeSabre. Detectives from the Robbery unit disseminated this information to patrol and specialized units in the Woodlawn, Pikesville and Towson precincts, whose officers began canvassing their jurisdictions for the suspect vehicle.

On November 22, officers in the Investigative Services Unit and Community Action Team of the Pikesville Precinct followed through with a strategic plan to search for the suspect vehicle, and found it. Hudson eventually returned to the vehicle, where he was promptly arrested. A search warrant conducted on the vehicle resulted in the discovery of the gun used in the robberies, which was determined to be an air pistol.

“Due to the intuitive work of our patrol officers and the collective effort of our detectives, we have put an end to this crime spree which clearly would have continued for quite some time,” said Baltimore County Police Colonel Steven M. Hlavach, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.  

Thomas Hudson continues to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Franklin officers intercepted a potential gunman with a known victim in mind on the Owings Mills campus of the Community College of Baltimore County last night.

Kenneth Kendall Sharp (27) of the unit block of Jolie Court, 21133 was arrested on the campus property with a firearm in his possession. He is charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, Possession of a Firearm on School Property, and Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime.

Police were initially called to the scene around 7:10 p.m. for a classroom altercation. Officers arrived quickly and found that Sharp had left the scene. The victim advised police that during the altercation Sharp told him he had a gun in his car and would shoot him in the parking lot. While officers were speaking with the victim, Sharp came back into the building carrying a duffle bag, which he attempted to discard upon seeing police. Officers detained and questioned Sharp, who admitted to having a gun in the duffle bag. Officers discovered a rifle in the bag and a loaded magazine and ammunition in Sharp's pants pocket. A search of his vehicle yielded additional ammunition.

The initial altercation between the victim, a 20-year-old Randallstown man, and Sharp began during class when the victim asked a question of the instructor and Sharp called him an obscenity. A verbal argument ensued, escalating with the two pushing each other, then punching each other. An additional instructor responded and separated the two, removing Sharp from the classroom. Sharp re-entered the classroom, pushed the victim, and was removed by a responding Public Safety officer.

Sharp is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing tomorrow.

Revised June 27, 2017