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Date: May 26, 2017

It’s every parent’s nightmare – the day your toddler learns to open the front door – and leaves.

For one mother that nightmare came true just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night. One minute 3-year-old Ian was playing with his older brother, the next minute the front door was open, and Ian was gone.

Every available officer from the Dundalk Precinct responded to the 8000 block of Park Haven Road when the call came out for a missing child. While other officers scoured the neighborhood, knocking on doors, checking every roadway, alley, driveway and yard, Ofc. S. Kramer responded to the home to gather valuable information and relay it to the other units. Ofc. Kramer stayed with Mom, keeping her calm, and searching all the unusual places where officers tend to find missing children who have hidden (and often fallen asleep) – wrapped up in bedding, under piles of laundry, in closets and cupboards, even in the dryer, to no avail.

It only took about ten minutes before Mom heard the words she was praying for come over the radio, “I got him.”

Ofc. T. Roberts spotted a tiny little figure matching the description of the wanted subject on a walkway between some townhomes, and after a brief foot pursuit, had the subject in custody. Mom was relayed to the location where mother and son were blissfully reunited.

Last night Ofc. Roberts, Ofc. Kramer, and the rest of the shift that came together, inundating a neighborhood to find a toddler safe, were reunited with little Ian and his grateful mother who brought enough food to feed an army (or at least a police precinct shift), including a cake with a heartfelt message, “Thank you.”

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the wanted subject who caused South North Point Road in Dundalk to be closed for more than 6 hours Wednesday morning.

Police, attempting to serve a warrant for attempted murder on Michael Anthony Staudt (26), closed South North Point Road between Eastern Avenue and Carson Avenue as a precautionary measure, as he is known to carry weapons. Police canvassed the area, unable to locate Staudt, and cleared the scene around 1:30 p.m.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Staudt after he was identified as one of two suspects in the attempted murder of a man last Saturday, May 20. Around 11:20 p.m. police were called to the 800 block of Jaydee Avenue after Staudt and another unidentified suspect chased after the victim, shooting at his vehicle as the victim fled from them. The victim was not injured.

Anyone with information on Staudt’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Investigative Services Unit of the Dundalk Precinct at 410-887-7309 or call 9-1-1.

Police warn that Michael Staudt is considered armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach him, and contact police immediately.

Michael Anthony Staudt

Police have charged a suspect in the Saturday afternoon shooting of a man on Sugarwood Circle in Essex.

Police responded to the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle around 1:57 p.m. last Saturday for a call of a shooting. They located the victim, 26, with a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the area prior to the arrival of officers, but the investigation led detectives to identify Montez Deonta Harrell (25) of the Unit block of Kinwall Place in Nottingham, 21236 as the shooter.

Harrell is charged with the following:

  •         Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  •         1st Degree Assault
  •         2nd Degree Assault
  •         Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  •         Handgun on Person

Police are still uncertain as to what led to the shooting, but believe that the victim and Harrell are known associates. The victim continues to be treated at an area hospital.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit.

Montez Deonta Harrell

Revised June 27, 2017