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Date: Apr 2018

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting in Essex this afternoon.

Police responded to the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive around 1:22 p.m. after receiving multiple calls to 9-1-1 for a male subject shot in the parking lot of a housing complex. Medics transported the victim to an area hospital where he is receiving treatment and is currently in unknown condition. The suspect(s) remain outstanding.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit will continue to investigate this incident throughout the evening. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

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

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

UPDATE (April 27, 2018 1:09 p.m.):

Booking photo of Jerome Leudtke on animal cruelty chargeJerome Irvin Leudtke Jr. was located and arrested by detectives in the Baltimore County Police Precinct 11 Investigative Services Unit on Wednesday, April 25, at 1:35 p.m. Police believe Leudtke shaved his head in an effort to avoid apprehension. Leudtke remains incarcerated at the Baltimore County Detention Center, charged with Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal.

WANTED: (March 28, 2018 1:25 p.m.)

Jerome Irvin Luedtke, Jr

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Jerome Irvin Luedtke, Jr. (33), wanted on charges of Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal for beating a small dog to death with a glass bottle.

Police were called by staff to Pet ER on Cromwell Bridge Road on January 13 when Luedtke and a female roommate brought in their severely beaten Chihuahua for treatment around 6:30 a.m. with conflicting stories as to how the injuries to the dog were incurred.

Detectives have determined that Luedtke struck the dog, Ginger, numerous times with two different large glass bottles causing severe trauma to its head after the dog bit Luedtke in the hand. The roommate convinced Luedtke to take Ginger to Pet ER after a failed attempt at calling for an ambulance for the dog, where Ginger was subsequently euthanized due to the extent of the injuries.

A warrant was issued for Jerome Luedtke on January 29, but police have been unable to locate him and are now asking for the public's assistance. He is known to frequent the Essex Precinct area, having recently stayed in homes on Goodwood Avenue and Maryland Avenue.

Anyone with information on Luedtke's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or contact detectives in the Precinct 11 - Essex Investigative Services Unit at 410-887-0230.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

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

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Just before 1:00 p.m. on April 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to the parking lot of Campfield Elementary School located in the 6800-block of Alter Street, 21207 for a carjacking incident. Police learned that a teacher of the school was approached by multiple suspects, one of which threatened her with a knife. The suspects stole her 2012 Toyota Rav 4 and fled the area.

The suspects then drove the stolen SUV and approached another victim in the 7300-block of Campfield Road, 21208. The suspects threatened the victim with a knife, grabbed the victim and stole property from the man. At 1:40 p.m., police received a call for another carjacking in the 4000-block of Old Court Road, 21208. The Old Court Road victim told police that she was inside her 2016 Honda Fit when two suspects came up to her car. One of the suspects threatened her with a knife, stole her property and the Honda. The suspects then fled the area with the victim’s Honda.

A few minutes later, the suspects approached two victims walking on Esperanza Court and Rosland Court, 21208. The suspects threatened the victims with a knife and stole property from the victims. Shortly afterwards, Baltimore County Police detectives were in the area of the Old Court Metro Station in the 4300-block of Old Court Road, 21208, and saw the stolen Honda. Detectives also saw the suspects and were able to quickly place both under arrest.

The suspects have been identified as Terrell Maleek Jett, 16, of the 1400-block of Mountmor Court, 21217 and William Jhem Cunningham, 16, of the 800-block of Brooks Lane, 21217. The suspects have been charged with two counts of armed carjacking, two counts of carjacking, four counts of armed robbery, four counts of robbery, and various theft charges. Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

“Fortunately these individuals did not injure any of the victims in these crimes. Through the coordinated efforts of our patrol officers and detective units, these suspects were quickly located and brought to justice,” said Baltimore County Police Colonel Steven M. Hlavach, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017