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Date: Apr 5, 2019

UPDATE (April 5, 2019 4:50 p.m.):

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Dennis Buckley on Lachlan Circle last Friday.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit obtained an arrest warrant for first degree murder for Khalil Zakee Yeldell (21) of the 400 block of Oneida Place Northwest in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Yesterday, members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force located and took Yeldell into custody in Washington, D.C.

Dennis Buckley was found bleeding and unconscious on the sidewalk in the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle around 9:47 a.m. exactly one week ago. An autopsy Monday determined that his death was caused by "sharp force trauma" and the death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives were able to determine that Yeldell was staying in an apartment in the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle at the time of the murder and fled to Washington, D.C. prior to officers arriving on the scene. Police also determined that an earlier call to 9-1-1 around 5:58 a.m. regarding another victim being threatened by a man with a knife fit the description of Yeldell. 

Detectives continue to investigate to determine the motive in Buckley's death. Additional charges may be pending following a review of the case by the Baltimore County State's Attorney.

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UPDATE (April 1, 2019 2:14 p.m.):

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the death of Dennis Buckley on Lachlan Circle Friday morning as a homicide by knife wound.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit continue to investigate the incident and asking anyone who may have seen or heard the incident to contact police at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with information may also be eligible for a cash reward by contacting Metro Crime Stoppers with tips.

UPDATE (March 31, 2019 6 p.m.): 

Baltimore County Police are continuing their investigation into the March 29th homicide on Lachlan Circle. The victim has been identified as Dennis Joseph Buckley, 47, of the 6900-block of Donachie Road, 21204. If anyone has information about this murder, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Metro Crime Stoppers callers may be eligible for a cash reward.

Original Release 3/29/19 6:38 p.m.: 

A suspicious death on Lachlan Circle in the Towson Precinct this morning is now being investigated as a homicide.

Police were dispatched to the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle, 21239 at 9:47 a.m. when a citizen called 9-1-1 and reported a man lying unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk. Officers and medics responded to the scene to render aid to the man, 47, who appeared to have suffered trauma to the upper body. He was transported to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in critical condition and pronounced deceased at 10:38 a.m.

Detectives are now working to determine how the man sustained his injuries but are working this case as a homicide. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary in that area this morning is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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Police discovered a burglar hiding in the attic of a home in Essex last night after a lengthy barricade situation.

Officers were initially dispatched to the home in the 900 block of Renfrew Street, 21221 for a burglary in progress around 12:55 p.m. when the homeowner called 9-1-1 upon seeing the burglar inside on surveillance cameras. The homeowner received a "person detected" mobile alert from his interior surveillance cameras, then watched a live feed of the suspect walking around inside his home.

Officers surrounded the home and challenged the suspect as he attempted to escape through a window, but the suspect retreated back inside. Police initiated a barricade situation, summonsing additional resources to the scene, and attempted to communicate with the suspect without success. Just after 10 p.m. tactical officers made entry into the home, located the suspect hiding in the attic and made the apprehension.

The burglar is identified as Devante James Riley, 26, of the 1700 block of McKean Avenue, 21217. He is charged with First and Fourth Degree Burglary in this case, as well as being served a warrant for his arrest on charges of First, Third, and Fourth Degree Burglary and Theft in another Baltimore County case. He is held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center following his initial court appearance this morning.

This weekend marks the 50th week of theFirefighters have visited more than 22,000 homes through the Smoke & CO Alarm Education Program. Fire Department's Smoke & Carbon Monoxide  Education Program -- a program that has helped us reach more than 22,000 homes with life-saving fire safety information.

BCoFD station personnel will visit neighborhoods again this weekend, talking to residents about fire safety and specifically about how to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  Equipping your home or apartment with these alarms is the single most important fire safety step you can take.

About 3,000 smoke/CO alarms have been distributed through the program to qualifying households. Details about the program are available on our Fire Department web site.

About the Program

This educational initiative—which targets neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO-related incidents—is supported by a major grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention and Safety program. 

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