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Date: Jul 5, 2017

UPDATE (July 5, 2017 4:10 p.m.):

Johnny Freeman has been located unharmed. BCoPD thanks all who shared his information and aided our efforts to locate him safe.

Original Release (July 3, 2017 11:55 a.m.):

Police are actively searching for an endangered man in Essex at this hour.

Johnny Wayne Freeman, Jr. left his home in the 1000 block of Fuselage Avenue in Essex this morning around 2:30 a.m. Police have reason to believe he may be in need of medical attention. Mr. Freeman is 6'0", 200 pounds, has blue eyes, short brown hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and gray pants.

Anyone who may have seen Johnny Freeman or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police by dialling 9-1-1 or calling Precinct 11 - Essex station at 410-887-0220.

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects who robbed a Reisterstown Walgreens in December.

Police have released a surveillance video showing the two young suspects enter the Walgreens on Main Street around 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13. The two enter the Walgreens and walk back and forth in front of the pharmacy counter before one suspect, described as approximately 5’6” and 130 pounds, aged 13-18 years, jumps over the counter, threatening the clerk. The other suspect, described as 5’9” and 170 pounds, aged 15-20 years, implies that he has a gun concealed in his waistband. The suspects stole pharmaceuticals, then fled on foot towards Caraway Road.

Anyone with information on the identity of either of these suspects is asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

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Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

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UPDATE (July 5, 2017 11:01 a.m.):

Police have charged Raymond Vladas Armalis Jr. (37) of the 1000 block of South Beechfield Avenue, 21229 with 1st and 2nd Degree murder in the shooting death of a man in Arbutus last night.

The victim is identified as Charles Edward Watson Jr. (46) of the 700 block of North Ashburton Street in Baltimore, 21216.

The victim was visiting his girlfriend when Armalis arrived home just before 8 p.m., and the two men began to argue outside of the home. At some point Armalis went inside and retrieved a gun, walked back outside and immediately shot the victim at least once in the upper body. A neighbor called 9-1-1. Police arrived and took Armalis into custody without incident.

First arriving officers began life-saving efforts on the victim, who was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma, but he was later pronounced deceased.

Armalis is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Original Release (July 4, 2017 11:29 p.m.):

Police are investigating after a man was shot earlier this evening following an argument with the suspect.

The 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody at the scene after police were called for a shooting in the 1000 block of South Beechfield Avenue in Arbutus, 21229. The victim, who is known to the suspect, was shot at least once in the upper body, suffering a life-threatening injury.

Police are withholding the name of the suspect pending formal charges.

Revised June 27, 2017