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Date: Jan 25, 2018

Update: 1/26/18 11:00 a.m.

Photo of Daquane Antonio Ray. Police have charged the 16-year-old Catonsville boy as an adult. Daquane Antonio Ray has been charged with first degree arson, first degree malicious burning, two counts of first degree assault, second degree assault and theft charges. Ray will be held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

Original Release: 1/25/18 2:34 p.m.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a string of crimes committed by a 16-year-old boy this morning in the Catonsville area.

Just after 10:30 a.m. Baltimore County Fire and Police Departments were called to the 900-block of Bardswell Road, 21228 for a house fire. Information was received that the fire was intentionally set by the suspect. Fire Department Engine 13 (Westview) was the first on the scene of the fire and found smoke showing. Firefighters contained the fire in less than 10 minutes and did not find anyone inside the house.

Police then received a call that the suspect was carrying some type of weapon and chasing a man on Bardswell Road in the direction of Johnnycake Elementary School. This was followed by a call from the elementary school that the suspect, who could be seen wearing a mask, walked into the school building. The suspect did not have a weapon when he walked into the school. Police determined that the 16-year-old gained access and attempted to steal property from inside the building. He left the school without incident after being approached by school officials. Once outside the building, the suspect was followed by school officials and taken into custody by police in the area of Vanderwood Road, 21228. Officers are continuing their investigation and expect to place charges against the juvenile. 

UPDATE (January 25, 2018; 11:23 a.m.): Baltimore County Police are investigating this homicide as justifiable self-defense and no charges have been placed at this time. Paul Michael Connolly, 3rd, 25, of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road, 21206 suffered a stab wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Homicide detectives conducted their investigation and learned the circumstances leading up to the incident.

A man learned that someone at Connolly's residence was responsible for stealing property from his residence. He knocked on Connolly’s front door to confront the residents about stealing his property. Connolly and another man from the house came outside and an argument between the three ensued. According to the man, a large dog belonging to one of the residents also attacked him. Police determined that Connolly and the man pulled out knives and Connolly was stabbed.

After extensive interviews, the man was released from police custody. Police found evidence of a struggle and justification of the man’s statement. The investigation into the theft and the death is continuing at this time.

Police cannot release any identifying information about the man involved in this incident, under state law.

Original Release (January 24, 2018; 10:17 p.m.): Police continue to investigate a mid-day homicide in Rosedale.

Officers were called to the scene outside a home in the 5600 block of Utrecht Road around 11:24 a.m. when the victim and suspect became engaged in a physical altercation following a verbal argument. During the altercation the victim was fatally stabbed. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The victim is identified as Michael Paul Connolly, 3rd (25) of the 5600 block of Utrecht Road.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this homicide.

Revised June 27, 2017