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Date: Jul 2018

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing to investigate a motorcycle crash on Philadelphia Road after the rider died yesterday evening.

Police responded to Philadelphia Road near Bradshaw Road around 12:43 a.m. Monday morning when a motorcyclist leaving the Dew Drop Inn collided with the side of 1996 GMC Jimmy traveling eastbound on Philadelphia Road. The operator of the motorcycle, identified as Paul James Trossbach (59) of the 1500 block of Main Street in Whiteford, was ejected from the motorcycle, sustaining life-threatening injuries. He was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where he died around 6 p.m. that evening.

The circumstances surrounding this crash continue to be investigated.

Just before 5:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 400-block of Westfield Road, 21222 for a disturbance. Officers learned that a man, later identified as Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn, 24, of the 5100-block of Wright Avenue, 21205, walked into the backyard of the Westfield Road residence and started yelling for the homeowner. Bernadyn threatened the homeowner and then began destroying property inside the yard. The suspect threw a fire pit through a kitchen window, stuck his head through the broken window, and yelled into the house that he was going to hurt the homeowner.

Bernadyn left the immediate vicinity before police arrived at the location. While the officers were conducting their investigation, the suspect’s 2012 Chevrolet Colorado was observed turning onto Westfield Road from Plainfield Road. Three officers were standing by their cars on Westfield Road. The officers realized that the suspect was steadily accelerating his truck in their direction. The officers had to run away from beside their cars to avoid being struck by the suspect. The suspect did hit one of the police cars, forcing a second collision into another police car. The suspect continue to drive his vehicle and struck another four parked cars on Westfield Road.

None of the police officers were injured during the incident. The first police car had to be towed from the scene. The suspect attempted to flee in his vehicle but was taken into custody by the officers after his truck could no longer move. Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn has been charged with burglary, three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of malicious destruction of property, and three counts of reckless endangerment. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

The Baltimore County Police Department Robbery Unit is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect that committed several armed robberies in the Dundalk area of Baltimore County between mid-January through the beginning of March, 2018. 

This suspect is responsible for robbing a number of liquor stores and convenience style stores, including the BP Gas Station at 800 Merritt Boulevard, Wise Liquors at 307 Wise Avenue, and Bite My Slice at 7014 German Hill Road, all in Dundalk.

While detectives have not obtained a usable image to release from surveillance video, the suspect is described as being a tall, possibly biracial man, approximately 5’10” to 6 feet tall, and an average weight. Anyone who may have information regarding these robberies is asked to contact police by calling 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:

Revised June 27, 2017