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Date: Feb 3, 2020

Police arrested a suspect in the afternoon home-invasion robbery and stabbing of a man in Middle River yesterday.

The suspect knocked on the door of a home in the unit block of Oakgrove Drive, 21220 shortly after 1 p.m. When a female resident answered the door he displayed a handgun and a knife, entered, and demanded cash and personal items. The suspect struck the woman with the gun and forced her into a closet, then stabbed a male victim and fled the location on foot. The suspect later threatened his girlfriend with the gun.

Booking photo of Reginald Louis Barber JrThe victim suffered life-threatening wounds but is expected to survive. Detectives learned that the suspect frequented the area and were able to locate him and take him into custody shortly after 5 a.m. this morning. The suspect is identified as Reginald Louis Barber Jr (29) of the unit block of Oakroad Drive, 21220. He is held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center, charged with attempted first degree murder, three counts each of first and second degree assault, and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Fire Chief Joanne Rund has announced the promotion of three members to the rank of Fire Captain.

The following have been promoted, effective February 15, 2020:

  • Fire Lt. Raymond Gill
  • Fire Lt. Ronald Poole
  • Fire Lt. Scott Wagner

BCoFD congratulates them on this achievement.


UPDATE (February 3, 2020 10:10 a.m.):

The man found deceased in an alley behind Fifth Avenue last night is identified as Sye'he Rashaad Brunson (18) of the 500 block of Lucia Avenue, 21229.

Brunson was found with what appears to be at least one gunshot wound to the upper body and pronounced deceased at the scene. Anyone who may have information on this case is asked to contact Homicide detectives 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

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS


Original Release (February 2, 2020 9:41 p.m.):

Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death after police responded to an unknown medical problem.

Police and medics were dispatched to an alley behind the 700 block of Fifth Avenue in Lansdowne around 8 p.m. when a passerby found a male victim lying unconscious with trauma to the upper body. Medics responded and pronounced the subject deceased at the scene.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary around or shortly before 8 p.m. is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Revised June 27, 2017