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Date: Jun 11, 2019

The Baltimore County Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 38th Citizens’ Academy Class. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m., Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will present certificates to the new graduates. The ceremony will take place in the England Dansicker Room located in the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, 21286

Departmental Chaplain Wayne Coffiell is one of the 24 people who began the journey on March 6. During the 15-week program, participants learned about various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. They heard from officers who are members of specialized units such as K-9, Marine/Aviation, Tactical Operations and RATT (Regional Auto Theft Taskforce).

The participants also learned more about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They also sat in on lectures that covered Public Affairs, Community Resources, and Criminal Investigations.

The ultimate purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community, and business. The hope is to establish a better understanding of law enforcement.

UPDATE (June 11, 2019 11:12 a.m.):

Dorian Anthony Ross-Knox (24) of the 2900 block of Rayshire Road, 21230 was arrested yesterday morning for the attempted robbery and stabbing of a man in Hillcrest Park Sunday night.

Ross-Knox aroused suspicion when he reported being another victim of an attempted robbery at the park following the stabbing. Detectives determined that Ross-Knox was actually the suspect who approached the victim and another man and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. When the victim fought back, Ross-Knox pulled out a knife and stabbed him, then fled on foot.

Ross-Knox is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing scheduled for later today. He faces the following charges: 

Attempted 1st Degree Murder
Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
1st Degree Assault
2nd Degree Assault
2 counts Armed Robbery
2 counts Robbery
False Statement to Officer
False Statement to Officer with Intent to Cause Investigation

Original Release (June 10, 2019 3:52 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a stabbing that occurred during an attempted robbery in Hillcrest Park last night.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, fought back when the suspect brandished a gun in the park shortly after 10 p.m. The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim at least once in the upper body before fleeing the area. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening wounds but is expected to survive.

Detectives continued their investigation through the night, during which a pellet gun was recovered from the area, located in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue, 21227, and a suspect taken into custody. The suspect’s identity remains confidential pending forthcoming formal charges. Additional details are expected to be released tomorrow.

Revised June 27, 2017