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Date: Apr 25, 2018

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting this morning in Dundalk.

Police were called to the area of Patapsco Avenue and Willow Spring Road around 10:37 a.m. after receiving multiple calls for shots fired. Witnesses stated they heard multiple shots fired in the area. Police arrived at the scene to find both the victim and suspect(s) left the area. The victim has since been located at an area hospital with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body. His condition is unknown at this time.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is taking over this investigation.

UPDATE (April 25, 2018 9:28 a.m.):

booking photo of carjacking suspect, Celandra LacruzeThe last suspect arrested in the Villa Cresta carjacking incident has been waived to adult status and is identified as Celandra Lace Lacruze (16) of the 4000 block of Starbrook Circle, 21133. She is charged with Carjacking, Robbery, and Theft of Auto and is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

UPDATE (April 24, 2018 4:50 p.m.):

The last two suspects, both juveniles, involved in the carjacking of a Baltimore County school teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School have been arrested.

The victimized school teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School suffered minor injuries when one of the four female juvenile carjackers approached her, asking her a question meant to distract her, then knocked the cell phone out of her hand and began punching her. The teacher attempted to defend herself, but fell to the ground, at which time the juvenile violently tore the purse away from the teacher. Another suspect picked up the teacher's cell phone, and then the suspects stole her car. Two of the suspects left the scene in the teacher's black Kia Sportage. The other two left in the vehicle they had arrived in, a silver Ford Fusion with a Virginia registration plate - which the teacher looked at as they fled and gave to responding officers.

Police determined that the Ford Fusion was reported stolen from Gardenville Elementary School in the 5300 block of Belair Road earlier that day. Two hours later the Ford Fusion was found by officers of the Baltimore City Police Eastern District parked on the lot of the Hope Academy at 1808 Edison Highway, 21213. Baltimore County detectives responded and quickly learned that two more vehicles had been stolen by the same four female suspects - a gray Dodge Journey and a gray Ford Fusion, both of which have since been recovered. Similar to events at Villa Cresta, the girls used a ruse to enter the school and get past the office, where they located purses, stealing them and the car keys to the vehicles they took.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Carjacking Team worked with members of the Baltimore City School Police and quickly identified the first two suspects, who were arrested and charged. Both admitted to their involvement in the Villa Cresta carjacking and other incidents in Baltimore City.

Baltimore County Police Safe Schools Liaison, Sergeant Watkins, worked with the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team and Baltimore City Police to alert all County and City schools of the incidents, asking all school personnel to remain vigilant. As a result, staff from Pleasant Plains Elementary School in the 8300 block of Pleasant Plains Road, 21286 in the Towson Precinct, advised that the same suspects were at that school the day after the Villa Cresta incident, attempting to gain access to the school by claiming they were there to visit a relative. They were asked to leave school property and were unable to commit any crime in that incident. 

Detectives have continued investigating leads on the identities of the last two suspects, resulting in the arrest of one yesterday, a 15-year-old charged as a juvenile, and the other today, expected to be charged as an adult. Both admitted their involvement in the Villa Cresta case and other incidents in Baltimore City.

​Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team have worked with Citywide Robbery during this investigation and together have linked the four suspects to additional street robberies and purse snatchings in Baltimore City.

The 2013 black Kia Sportage has a Maryland registration of 6AF5889 and remains outstanding.  

UPDATE (April 22, 2018 7:30 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Unit have made two arrests in connection with the Friday carjacking of a pregnant teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School. 

booking photo of carjacking suspect, Tyana HolmesTyana Keyshawn Holmes (16) of the 2400 block of East Federal Street, 21213 has been charged as an adult with Carjacking, Robbery, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A 14-year-old girl has also been charged as a juvenile and will remain unidentified.

Detectives from the Carjacking Unit continue to work to identify the other two girls involved. They are also still looking for the black Kia Sportage stolen from the teacher, who is in good condition.

Anyone who has information on the additional two suspects or the location of the stolen Kia is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

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Original Post (April 20, 2018 4:30 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a carjacking at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville after four girls assaulted a teacher and stole her car.

The teacher, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, was not injured during the incident but did later respond to a local hospital to be checked by a doctor.

The four girls, believed to be in their teens, were buzzed into the school when they said they were there to inquire about registering a child. After speaking with the office staff, they left the school and were in the parking lot as the teacher was walking out of the school to her car, carrying her purse and cell phone in her hand. The girls approached the teacher and knocked the cell phone out of her hand. The teacher turned to run but fell, dropping her purse. The girls took the phone and the purse, containing the teacher's car keys. Two of the suspects left in the vehicle they'd driven there while the other two left in the teacher's black 2013 Kia Sportage.

The Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team responded to the school and are continuing the investigation into this incident.

Just before 11:00 p.m. on April 24th, Baltimore County Police received calls in the area of the unit-block of Ojibway Road, 21133 for a shooting. Officers determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot at this location.

A 25-year-old man was located and found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. Police believe that the victim was targeted in this incident. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017