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Date: Apr 9, 2020

While most of us are adhering to the order of staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are times when we must go out.

Be aware that criminals are not staying indoors. They are waiting for you to let your guard down when approaching your vehicle.

Avoid being a victim of a carjacking or robbery with these tips.

  • Look around when approaching your vehicle. If someone is walking toward you or standing by your vehicle in a parking lot that is nearly empty, walk away. If you feel that you're in immediate danger, scream and run into a store if one is nearby.
  • Stay off your cellphone while walking. That distraction makes you a prime target for a robbery or carjacking. That phone call can wait until you are in the store, your home, or locked safely in your car.
  • Lock your car or home door as soon as you get inside.
  • Park in well lit areas if you are out at night.
  • Avoid parking near trees or bushes if possible as they allow for criminals to hide and wait until you are at your vehicle.
  • Have your keys ready ahead of time. Don't fumble for them as you are walking through a parking lot or entering your home. That gives a criminal more time to approach you.
  • Do not engage the car’s unlocking system until you are at the door of the vehicle. You don't want to point out where you are headed and which vehicle is yours in the lot.
  • Ask for an escort or security staff to walk with you to your car if you feel uncomfortable when leaving a store or other place of business.
  • Look inside your vehicle before you enter it to make sure no one is hiding in the front or back seat.

Dial 911 if you feel threatened! Criminals are not working from home so you must stay alert when venturing outside.

Remember to keep your distance, wash your hands and stay inside.

UPDATE (April 9, 2020 10:20 a.m.):

bookinig photo of Curtis Ray CarradineBaltimore County Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the February 25 homicide of Anthony Laron Richardson Jr.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Monday for Curtis Ray Carradine Jr. (23) of the 4100 block of Kinsway Street, 21206. He was arrested Tuesday and was charged with first degree murder. Carradine is held on a no bail status pending a bail review at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The investigation into the homicide has determined that Carradine and Michael Kevin Richardson (no relation to Anthony Richardson Jr.), previously charged, targeted the victim, who was shot and killed on Comet Court February 25.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department Homicide Unit at 410-307-2020.


UPDATE (March 27, 2020 8:51 p.m.):

booking photo of Michael Kevin Richardson JrBaltimore County Police have arrested Michael Kevin Richardson, Jr. (25) in connection with the death of Anthony Laron Richardson Jr. (not related). Michael Richardson has been charged with first degree murder. He was arrested on March 26. Police have determined that he targeted the victim.

On February 25, police responded to the unit block of Comet Court, 21234 for a shooting. The initial investigation determined that Anthony Richardson was shot at least once while on Comet Court. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Michael Richardson is held on a no bail status pending a bail review at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-307-2020.

Original Release (February 26, 2020 9:35 a.m.):

Police Investigate Shooting Death on Comet Court

Baltimore County Police homicide detectives are investigating a shooting last night on Comet Court, 21234. The victim was transported to Sinai Hospital where he later died.

The initial investigation determined that the man, identified as Anthony Laron Richardson, Jr. (23) of the unit block of Solar Circle, 21234, was shot at least once in the unit block of Comet Court in Parkville around 10:25 p.m.

Detectives are continuing to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting and ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact police at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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

Revised June 27, 2017