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Date: Aug 24, 2020

UPDATE (August 24, 2020 3:26 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police is releasing the booking photo of a suspect arrested in Towson early Saturday morning after sexually assaulting a woman in the hopes that other possible victims may come forward.

Booking photo of Jarvis Levy BensonJarvis Levy Benson (32) was arrested by responding officers just after 2 a.m. when he was identified as the suspect who followed a woman into an alley as she was walking to her car, grabbed her, and raped her. Benson remains held without bond following a bail review hearing this afternoon.

Police hope that anyone who may recognize Benson as a suspect in any other incident, or who has information on his involvement with any other incident, will contact detectives in the Special Victims Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges 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:

Mobile App: P3TIPS


Original Release (August 22, 2020 5:35 p.m.):

Police Arrest Suspect after Rape of Woman in Towson

Detectives made a quick arrest of a suspect in an early morning rape of a woman in Towson today.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning police responded to the unit block of West Pennsylvania Avenue, 21204 for a call of an assault.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect followed a woman down an alley near Pennsylvania Avenue as she walked to her vehicle, then sexually assaulted her behind an area business. The victim was able to break free from her attacker following the assault and ran back to the establishment she'd left to summons help. Responding officers located the suspect on West Pennsylvania Avenue and placed him under arrest after a positive identification.

Jarvis Levy Benson (32) of the 9500 block of John Lock Way, 21117 is charged with second degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and second degree assault. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Special Victims Unit are continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident or any other incident involving this suspect is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.


suspect vehicleUPDATE (August 24, 2020 9:45 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have located the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Essex Saturday night.

Just before 10 p.m. on August 22, a pedestrian crossed the northbound lanes of Route 702 near Middleborough Road against the pedestrian signal when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Route 702 that fled the scene. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

Investigators from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are continuing their investigating into this incident. Charges are pending against the driver following a review by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Original (August 23, 2020 10:37 a.m.):

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Vehicle Involved in Hit-and-Run Injury Crash in Essex Last Night

Baltimore County Police are asking for help from the public finding the vehicle that hit a pedestrian and fled the scene Saturday night. 

Just before 10 p.m. on August 22, a pedestrian crossed the northbound lanes of Route 702 near Middleborough Road against the pedestrian signal when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Route 702. That vehicle made no attempt to stop and continued driving on Route 702. The adult male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle is described as a metallic green 2007-2008 Nissan Titan or Nissan Armada with damage to the front headlight, area below the headlight and the passenger’s side mirror. The photos attached are a representation of the vehicle, not the actual vehicle.

Investigators from the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are asking anyone who may have witnessed the vehicle fleeing the scene or may have information regarding this incident is asked  to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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