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Date: May 6, 2019

UPDATE (May 6, 2019 2:58 p.m.):

More than 33 years after the murder of Karen Ann Norton during what was believed to be a burglary at the time, a Grand Jury has indicted her then-husband, John Joseph Norton, on first degree murder charges.

Booking photo of John Joseph NortonThe case went cold following the initial investigation into her murder in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue in Catonsville on December 17, 1985. Karen Norton was just 23-years-old when she suffered a fatal stab wound to the upper body shortly after returning home from work that evening.  

The initial investigation led police to believe that she was killed by an unknown suspect during a burglary, but as the case has continued to be worked by detectives through the years they began to narrow in on her husband, John Norton, as the primary suspect. Recent developments in the case have uncovered new evidence that further supported that theory, and the case was brought before the Grand Jury on Wednesday, May 1. After hearing the evidence, an indictment was issued and detectives served Norton with a warrant for his arrest that evening. 

Norton now remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Visit the Baltimore County Unsolved Homicide Cases page on our website for information regarding other cold cases.

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Original Unsolved Homicide Release:

On December 17, 1985, Karen Ann Norton was murdered in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue 21228. She had just arrived home from work at approximately 6:45 p.m. when she was attacked and killed.

Mrs. Norton, a newlywed at the time, worked at JCPenney in Security Square Mall. Although there was evidence of a breaking and entering, police believe this was staged to thwart the homicide investigation.

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 (May 6, 2019 2:50 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives made two arrests this weekend in the death of Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez, an innocent bystander who was shot Thursday afternoon in front of the SaveMart in Lansdowne.

Deandre Larenzo Buckson (27) of the 3000 block of Bero Road, 21227 and Linwood Ronald Buckson (28) of the 800 block of West Fairmount Avenue, 21201 were both arrested Friday night and are presently held without bail pending bail review hearings today.

Detectives determined that just prior to the shooting the two men drove to Speedy Mart at 3815 Hollins Ferry Road next to the Lansdowne Shopping Center. While Deandre Buckson entered the Speedy Mart, Linwood Buckson stayed outside and met with another male subject for a drug transaction. During their encounter Linwood Buckson produced a handgun. The two struggled for the handgun, causing it to discharge. The other male subject was able to take the gun from Linwood Buckson and fled past the SaveMart across the Lansdowne Shopping Center parking lot.

Deandre Buckson exited the Speedy Mart and retrieved another handgun from the vehicle, then ran past the Speedy Mart firing shots toward the SaveMart, where Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez was standing. She was struck in the upper body and killed as a result of Deandre Buckson firing the gun at the other fleeing male subject.

Deandre Larenzo Buckson stands charged with first degree murder and his brother, Linwood Ronald Buckson, is charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, first degree assault, and illegal possession of a regulated firearm.

Original Release (May 2, 2019 11:52 p.m.):

An elderly woman is dead after a suspect fired multiple shots at another man but struck her instead.

The woman, who police do not believe was involved in the incident, was struck in the upper body at least once and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives believe she was inadvertently struck when the suspect fired a gun toward at least one other man across the parking lot in front of the SaveMart in the Lansdowne Shopping Center, 3901 Hollins Ferry Road, around 4:25 p.m. Both the suspect and the other subject(s) fled in opposite directions following the shooting and remain outstanding.

The deceased woman is identified as 78-year-old Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez of the 400 block of Bigley Avenue in Halethorpe, 21227. 

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this shooting tonight. Anyone who can provide additional information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Additionally, anyone providing tips through Metro Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward.

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

On April 29, the Baltimore County Police Foundation honored 18 sworn officers and two civilians for exceptional service at its annual awards ceremony. The honorees included Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio of Precinct 8 Parkville for her courageous and selfless actions she displayed when she responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community. Officer Amy Caprio was posthumously awarded the Valor Award.

Master of Ceremonies Stan Stovall hosted the awards dinner at The Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road in Hunt Valley. The event began at 6 p.m. for a meet and greet, dinner was at 7:30 p.m. and the awards presentation began at 8:15 p.m. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and Stephen P. Somers, Foundation President, presented the awards. The benediction and invocation were offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson.

The following personnel received the 2019 Baltimore County Police Foundation Awards.

  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Michael J. Flaherty, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    As a young officer, Officer Flaherty shows uncommon calm and is willing to take a leadership role in stressful situations. Flaherty’s traffic stops led to the seizure of significant amounts of drugs, cash and weaponry. His dedication to the profession is truly admirable.
     
  • Community Service – Officer Shawn "Spike" McElfish, Precinct 12 Dundalk
    While Officer McElfish has spent his 23 years at the Dundalk Precinct chasing the bad guys, he is also responsible for bringing kids and cops together on the baseball diamond. Baseball camps were held to inspire trust in the system. Some of the children only met officers in bad situations; this was a chance for cops and kids to interact in a positive way. A former minor league baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, he used his experience as a baseball player to help kids learn skills such as leadership. His success with the baseball clinics has led to football camps in the fall.
     
  • Crime Prevention – Lieutenant John L. Rossbach (Ret.), Precinct 1 Wilkens
    Lieutenant Rossbach spent 33 years serving the people of Baltimore County. Over that time, his attention to the business community has made doing business in the Arbutus area a safer place for employees and customers. Lt. Rossbach knew that most of the incidents happened in the late night hours and adjusted his work schedule to accommodate it and led his officers in the fight to make it a safe place for all.
     
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Profession – Deborah Street and Kathy Wallace, Office of the Chief
    Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace have a combined 60 years of service to the department. In that time, people within the department learned they were the "go to" people for information. Their pleasant, professional demeanor and knowledge of the workings of the Chief’s Office make it clear why they continue to be an integral part of the department. One of their biggest assignments is planning the annual Police Foundation Awards Dinner. It runs smoothly every year due to their attention to detail. There are many pieces to the puzzle to make this event-of-the-year appear seamless. Their hard work has made the awards ceremony grow in the years since its inception. Debbie Street and Kathy Wallace more than deserve the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award.
     
  • Exceptional Performance – Officer Rodney Kenion II, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Rodney Kenion started with the department in 2002 and has proven to be a great asset. In one case, while investigating a burglary in which the suspect was establishing residency in a vacant house, Kenion spoke to the owner of the property. He was told the man was living in the house without permission. Kenion discovered the “tenant” was selling drugs from the location. The man was arrested and Kenion obtained a warrant to search the house. The search produced cash, drugs and two handguns. Kenion’s follow up brought the case to a successful conclusion. One investigation led to the closing of two cases.
     
  • Exceptional Group Performance – Precinct 12 Dundalk – Investigative Services Team: Lieutenant Christopher P. Morgan, Sergeant Kimberly A. DeFelice, Corporal Christopher P. Mazan, Detective Michael J. Copenhaver, Detective David L. Dillard, Detective Matthew H. Horney, Detective Justin C. Serio, Detective Anthony Shelton Jr., Detective Jason M. Stricklin, Officer Shawn "Spike" McElfish, and Officer Gary G. Huth
    The Investigative Services Team, IST, takes on various types of cases. In 2018, IST investigated 168 cases, made 238 arrests and cleared 147 cases. Compared to 2017, $50,000 more in property was recovered, 13 more firearms were recovered, 32 more search warrants were executed, and 25 more arrest warrants were obtained. The cases IST investigated involved several crime trends and violent offenses. To achieve their goal of keeping the streets safe, the detectives used various tactics and methods to apprehend the offenders. In one case, the team solved three armed street robberies that happened within a half hour of each other – one involving a shot being fired at a victim, one involving an armed assault, and one involving a kidnapping case in which the victim was struck by the suspect with a military-style rifle. Though the cases were complicated, IST’s esprit de corps brought a successful outcome to all three cases.
     
  • Valor – Officer Bishop A. Elder, Precinct 4 Pikesville and Officer Myles T. Hilliard, Precinct 9 White Marsh
    On July 22, 2018, Officers Elder and Hilliard responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Pikesville. A caller told them a family member was drunk and punching holes in the walls and he was also fighting with other family members. The officers went up the stairwell, Hilliard then Elder, and when they reached the second floor, the suspect opened the door and went after Hilliard. The suspect was armed with a large kitchen knife and did not respond to the officer’s commands to stop. When he pushed Hilliard in the chest, Hilliard took a step back, then Elder pushed the suspect against the wall.

This altercation continued as officers kept giving verbal commands and the suspect continued to resist arrest. The suspect also continued swinging the knife wildly in the air. Finally, officers contained the suspect and arrested him. No one was seriously injured except for the laceration on Elder’s arm. Their courage and bravery most probably saved the lives of family and others.

  • Valor – Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio, Precinct 8 Parkville
    Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio graduated from the police academy in 2014. Early on she was seen as a good officer and leadership material. While at Precinct 11 Essex, she was selected to be a Field Training Officer, making her responsible for the training and mentoring of new recruits. She transferred to the Parkville Precinct in 2017 with the determination to increase her knowledge of the communities within Baltimore County.

On May 21, 2018, Officer Caprio responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle in a Perry Hall community within the precinct. Another call confirmed that a burglary was taking place and four unknown suspects associated with the stolen Jeep Wrangler were involved. Officer Caprio found the Jeep and followed it into the cul-de-sac. When she arrived, the Jeep was facing her. She exited her car with her weapon drawn, then ordered the suspect out of the Jeep. The suspect appeared to be exiting the vehicle per her orders. As she approached, the suspect jumped back into the vehicle and aimed the car at the officer. Officer Caprio fired one shot into the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. The driver accelerated toward the officer, fatally striking her.

Officer Caprio was killed in the line-of-duty. She was presented the Valor Award for her courage and selfless actions during this incident.

About the Police Foundation

The awards program began in 1980 as a way to recognize the Police Department employees for outstanding performance and to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the Department. The Baltimore County Police Foundation contributes resources, including seed money and in-kind services, for the development of new projects.

All members of the department, both professional staff and sworn, are eligible for nomination.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017