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Date: Feb 1, 2017

Baltimore County Police have charged a teacher in connection with the sexual abuse of a minor student at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel school in Essex.

Robert Anthony Bonner, 48, of the 3600 block of Revolea Beach Road in Middle River, a teacher at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, has been charged with Fourth Degree Sex Offense and other related sexual assault offenses.

Bonner is accused of having numerous inappropriate verbal and text message conversations with a student at the school in January. On at least two occasions, once on January 19 and once on January 20, Bonner engaged in inappropriate and unwanted physical contact with the student on school property. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is located in the 1700 block of Old Eastern Avenue, 21221.

Bonner turned himself in to police yesterday after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He has been released on a $25,000 bond.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Baltimore County Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect who knocked down and robbed an 85-year-old man in Essex.

The suspect watched and then followed the elderly man after he used the ATM at the Royal Farm store in the 1600 block of Middleborough Road in Precinct 11, Essex on December 30, 2016. After crossing the street, the suspect knocked the man down, robbed him, and fled the scene on foot. 

The suspect is a black male age 20 – 25, approximately 5’10” and around 170 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was wearing gray sweatpants, a black jacket, black Nike sneakers with white soles and a white Nike emblem on the side. He wore an open face mask during the robbery.

Surveillance video from the Royal Farm store captured the suspect walking around just prior to the robbery.

This case continues to be investigated by the Investigative Services Unit of Precinct 11.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Two men have died in fires since Friday, one in Middle River and another in Parkville.

2600 block E. Putty Hill Ave.

Yesterday, David Meredith Smith, 56, of the 2600 block of E. Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire at the same address.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, with careless smoking as the cause.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews were dispatched to this fire at 4:07 p.m. The fire originated in the victim's bedroom -- on the third floor of the garden-style apartment building -- and was mostly contained to that unit.

Fire crews located the victim, administered medical care and transported him to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

10000 block of Crane Lane

Howard Francis Holehan, 67, of the 10000 block of Crane Lane, Middle River, 21220, died January 27 of injuries sustained in a one-alarm fire at his home. Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, caused by careless use of smoking materials.

Fire Department crews responded to the Crane Lane home at about 5:35 p.m. The victim, who is disabled, was declared deceased at the scene. No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

Revised June 27, 2017