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Date: Nov 21, 2018

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting in Essex after the victim is driven to an area hospital by a friend.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, a 24-year-old man, was in a parking lot in the 1100 block of Punjab Drive around 5:49 p.m. when he was approached by a group of men and ultimately shot at least once in the upper body. While the suspects immediately fled the scene, a friend drove the victim to the hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The motive for this shooting remains under investigation. Given the shooting occurred in the early evening, police believe there may be witnesses with valuable information who have not yet spoken with investigators. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary in the area of Punjab Drive around the time of the shooting, or who may have information regarding the shooting, is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate this crime.

Baltimore County Police have charged a volunteer firefighter after explosive devices were detonated behind an elementary school in Dundalk last weekend.

Police responded to Berkshire Elementary School at 7431 Poplar Avenue, 21224 just after midnight Saturday morning, November 17, for a report of an explosion. Members of the Baltimore County Police Hazardous Devices Team responded to the scene and located evidence of a small package explosion on a bench behind the school. Investigators also obtained surveillance video of the incident that depicted a suspect placing a box on the bench, igniting the box and running away.

Similar calls were received late Monday night at the same location for possible shots fired or an explosion heard. Investigators located a charred area and debris near a tree behind Berkshire Elementary School around 11:38 p.m. At that time, an officer canvassing the area located a suspicious subject in an alley behind the school, identifying him as Anthony Dale Reed (20) of the 500 block of 48th Street, 21224. Reed was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was questioned and released at the scene.

Bomb Technician Officers and Detectives from the Arson Investigation Team collaborated on the investigations and positively identified the suspect seen on school surveillance as Anthony Reed.

Additionally, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct began collaborating with the Hazardous Devices Team on a call they were investigating for a bomb threat on November 15 in which the caller threatened to activate a destructive device in the Berkshire community. None was located in that incident. The investigation into this has also identified Reed as the suspect.

Reed, who police have confirmed is an active volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County, is charged with the following:

  • Manufacture/Possess/Distribute a Destructive Device
  • Possession of Explosive/Incendiary Material with Intent to Create Destructive Device
  • 2nd Degree Malicious Burning
  • Trespassing on School Grounds
  • Threat of Arson

Reed was arrested at his home on a warrant around 7:30 p.m. last night. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

UPDATE (November 21, 2018 10:19 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the pedestrian struck and killed on Baltimore National Pike on November 10 as Miguel Raymundo Perez (34) of no fixed address.

Perez is believed to have been homeless at the time of his death. Police have exhausted efforts but been unable to locate any family members for notifications.

Original Release (November 14, 2018 2:11 p.m.):

Officers from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team continue their work on a fatal pedestrian-involved crash that happened early Saturday morning on Baltimore National Pike in the Wilkens Precinct.

Police have determined that the pedestrian was crossing Baltimore National Pike east of Rolling Road in a northerly direction around 1:35 a.m. when he stepped in front of a Toyota Highlander traveling westbound in the right turn lane. The pedestrian was not in a cross walk.

The pedestrian, a 34-year-old Hispanic male who has not yet been identified, was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

Investigators continue to work to identify family of the decedent.

Revised June 27, 2017