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Date: Feb 2020

UPDATE (February 24, 2020 2:10 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the man found deceased in a waterway at the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant Friday morning as Edward William Deaver (31) with no fixed address.

Detectives are awaiting autopsy results by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine cause and manner of death but do not believe foul play is involved.

Original Release (February 21, 2020 10:58 a.m.):

Police are investigating after a body is found in the water in Dundalk Precinct.

Officers were called to the 8200 block of Eastern Avenue, 21224 at 8:24 a.m. when the body of a man was discovered in the water near the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives are on the scene investigating the circumstances of the man's death. The body is being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

UPDATE (February 21, 2020 11:45 a.m.):

One year later police are still searching for the killer of Artis Holt, shot and killed in a parking lot in the 8000 block of Liberty Road.

Artis was following behind friends across the parking lot toward a take-out restaurant when the gunman ran to Artis, shot him, then fled across the parking lot. Police have released surveillance video of the suspect which can be viewed in a segment of our On The Beat cable program.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case has been raised to $5000, eligible to those who submit tips through Metro Crime Stoppers. Tipsters may remain anonymous and can submit their tip on the Metro Crime Stoppers website page for Artis Holt

Original Release (February 22. 2019 11:40 a.m.):

Police Flagged Down Following Deadly Shooting in Windsor Mill

A shooting in the 8000 block of Liberty Road last night left one man dead in a parking lot.

An officer was flagged down by a subject who directed him to the victim lying down in the parking lot of a carryout food business. The victim appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that just minutes before the officer drove into the area the victim was shot by the suspect after leaving the carryout restaurant around 11:56 p.m. The suspect fled prior to the officer's arrival.

The victim is identified as Artis Dewayne Holt (27) of the 1400 block of Clairidge Road, 21207.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Homicide detectives 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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

UPDATE (February 20, 2020 3:11 p.m.):

The man injured in a stabbing on Bennett Road in Essex last Friday, February 14, has died.

Margarito Miron (42) of the 7400 block of Berkshire Road, 21222 died on Tuesday, February 18.

Booking phot of Vidal Trinidad-HernandezThe suspect, identified as Vidal Trinidad-Hernandez (61), of the 100 block of Bennett Road, 21221 was charged with attempted first degree murder and first degree assault after being released from the hospital on Tuesday, February 18. The case will now be reviewed by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office for additional charges. He remains held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status following a bail review hearing yesterday.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the motive behind this incident.


Original Release (February 15, 2020 11:31 a.m.):

County Police Investigating Serious Stabbing in Essex

Just after 11:30 p.m. on February 14, 2020, Baltimore County Police responded to the 100-block of Bennett Road, 21221, for a stabbing. Officers arrived and located an adult male victim in front of the location suffering from an apparent stab wound to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital, his condition is currently unknown. 

As the investigation progressed, the suspect was taken into custody at the scene. He was also transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. More information will be released once the suspect is formally charged. This investigation is being handled by the detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. 

Revised June 27, 2017