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Date: Jun 2018

Officer Amy Caprio #5785 has been posthumously awarded the Parkville Precinct May 2018 Officer of the Month award.

Officer Caprio quickly achieved the assignment of a permanent post after transferring from the Essex Precinct to the Parkville Precinct just eight months earlier. Officer Caprio possessed a strong work ethic and consistently conducted quality investigations, routinely resulting in a high number of case clearances. Her supervisors describe her as highly motivated, professional and compassionate, with an ability to communicate and connect with the variety of citizens she encountered daily. She was efficient in balancing her responsibilities of patrol response and investigation, while still maintaining a high level of visibility through proactive patrol in an effort to deter crime.

Officer Caprio carried these exceptional qualities through to her last call on May 21st. Dispatched to a suspicious condition on Linwen Way at 1:58 p.m., Officer Caprio obtained additional information regarding the suspect vehicle, a black Jeep, and four suspects that may be attempting to commit a burglary. Officer Caprio was aware of additional burglaries previously occurring in the area, and searched for the suspect vehicle, which she found. Recognizing a potentially dangerous confrontation could ensue, she called for clearance of radio transmissions as she approached the suspect stopped at the end of the cul-de-sac on Linwen Way. The suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, refused to comply with Officer Caprio's demands to exit the vehicle, and instead accelerated directly toward where she was standing in front of her patrol car. Officer Caprio was able to fire a single round into the windshield of the Jeep before Harris struck her, causing fatal injuries, and fled the scene.

While this was a dark day in the history of the Baltimore County Police Department, the work that Officer Caprio did that day ultimately led to the clearance of her own murder, as well as six additional burglaries, including the following:

  • 1st Degree Burglary on Linwen Way on May 21
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Northwind Road on May 21
  • 4th Degree Burglary on Ardmore Avenue on May 21
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Hevesy Court on May 18
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Graveswood Court on May 18
  • 1st Degree Burglary on Old Oak Road on May 15

Well done, Officer Caprio. You were an asset to this department and a shining example of the core values of the Baltimore County Police Department - Integrity, Fairness, Service.

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a fatal pedestrian-involved crash in White Marsh last night.

Police were called to the scene around 9:20 p.m. after a man attempted to cross eastbound Pulaski Highway west of Stevens Road, stepping in front of a truck traveling eastbound in the left lane. The man, identified as Ronald Kevin Hardin (49) of the 2400 block of Highway 590 East in Seminary, Mississippi, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck remained at the scene.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate this crash.

Baltimore County Police have arrested a 54-year-old Catonsville woman following a lengthy multi-jurisdictional pursuit this morning.

The pursuit began around 9:23 a.m. when the woman got into her vehicle and drove across her lawn in the 600 block of Crosby Road, fleeing officers attempting to serve multiple warrants for her arrest. The suspect, identified as Tonya Jeanette Cobbs-Fox, led police from multiple jurisdictions onto westbound Interstate 70 and into Frederick County, where Sheriff's Deputies joined the pursuit and ultimately continued the pursuit after Baltimore County Police cancelled their involvement at 9:41 a.m.

Sheriff's Deputies followed Cobbs-Fox onto Route 85 and into the City of Frederick, where they successfully deployed a tire-deflation device, resulting in the slow deflation of the vehicle's front and rear driver side tires. Cobbs-Fox stopped the vehicle on the parking lot of the Exxon gas station at 400 South Jefferson Street, where she was confronted by deputies, refusing to comply with demands to exit her vehicle. A less lethal impact weapon was used to break the driver's side window and gain access to the vehicle after Cobbs-Fox was seen reaching under her seat and reaching under her shirt. Cobbs-Fox was taken into custody without further incident, and was found to be concealing a canister of pepper spray in her bra, and a large knife and "hatchet" type weapon under her driver's seat.

Baltimore County units responded to the Exxon and took custody of Cobbs-Fox, returning her to Baltimore County for the service of two warrants. She is also charged with a number of traffic offenses related to the pursuit in Baltimore County. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office will seek charges pertaining to traffic related violations and the weapons violations.

Today's events were preceded by an incident on June 15 in which Cobbs-Fox responded unprompted to a neighbor's home and began pounding on the front door just after 2 a.m. When she got no response, she began striking two cars in the neighbor's driveway with her foot and another object, leaving damage to both vehicles. A warrant for her arrest was issued in this incident.

A second incident with the same neighbor occurred last night around 8 p.m. when she brandished a knife similar to the one discovered in her vehicle this morning, threatening to kill her neighbor and burn down their house. A second warrant was issued in this incident.

Cobbs-Fox now faces burglary, arson, assault, and a number of traffic related charges and remains in custody.

Baltimore County Police thanks the Frederick Police Department, Maryland State Police, Howard County Police, and the Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services for their assistance in this incident.

Booking photo for Tonya Jeanette Cobbs-Fox

Revised June 27, 2017