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Date: Jan 24, 2020

Police searched areas of the Cockeysville Precinct for discarded evidence today following two armed robberies last night.

Officers arrested two suspects last night, an adult man and a teenage boy, after the two committed two armed street robberies, then stole one of the victim's vehicles.

The first call was received at 10:26 p.m. when the suspects approached a man walking in the area of Rutledge Road and Castlehill Court, 21030 and demanded cash. One of the suspects brandished a handgun. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police responded to the second call around 11:13 p.m. in the 300 block of Limestone Valley Drive, 21030 when two suspects matching the description from the previous call approached a woman outside of an apartment complex, brandished a gun and demanded cash. This time they stole cash and car keys, then located her vehicle, a white convertible Ford Mustang, and fled the scene. The woman quickly reported the car stolen and responding officers located the Mustang traveling southbound on York Road just north of Padonia Road. Officers followed the vehicle while they requested additional units, air support and K9 to respond to assist with a stop of the vehicle, but the Mustang turned onto Dulaney View Court where the two suspects stopped and fled on foot.

The adult male suspect was immediately apprehended by officers. A quick investigation led to the identification of the juvenile suspect, who was also located and arrested. Both suspects presently remain in custody, their identities being withheld pending formal charging.

Police are investigating the stabbing of a teenage boy in Halethorpe this evening.

The boy, 14, was outside America's Best Wings in the 3500 block of Washington Boulevard around 9:50 p.m. when he became involved in an altercation with at least one individual. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect struck the boy with an unknown weapon causing a potentially life-threatening stab wound, then fled the scene. The suspect remains outstanding at this time. The boy was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers from the Wilkens Precinct are currently continuing the investigation. Anyone who may have seen the altercation or who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police at the Wilkens Precinct by calling 410-887-0872. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

UPDATE (January 24, 2020 5 p.m.):

The names of the officers involved in the in-custody sudden death of a man following a Taser deployment Tuesday night are identified as follows:

  • Officer First Class Miller #5098 is a 20 ½ year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin.
  • Officer First Class Besaw #5259 is a 13 year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin.
  • Officer McElfish #5904 is a 4 year veteran permanently assigned to Precinct 3-Franklin.
  • Officer Cantrell #6288 is a probationary officer assigned to the field training program in Precinct 3-Franklin.

All four officers are on routine administrative leave as the incident continues to be investigated.

Original Release (January 22, 2020 9:06 a.m.):

At 11:18 p.m. on January 21, 2020, Baltimore County Police responded to a home located in the unit block of Gwynnswood Road, 21117 for an injured person. Officers arrived at the residence and attempted to provide assistance. The man’s demeanor suddenly changed and he became volatile and extremely combative with the officers. At that time, the officers deployed a Taser.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently went into cardiac arrest and was later pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Gamel Antonio Brown, 30, of the unit-block of Gwynnswood Road, 21117. Additional information will be provided as the investigation continues.

Revised June 27, 2017