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Date: Sep 17, 2020

UPDATE (September 17, 2020 7:47 p.m.)

Tiara Baker, accompanied by her attorney, went to Patriot Plaza in Towson and turned herself over to police custody at 4:30 p.m. today.

She has been arrested on the following five warrants:

Baltimore County warrant charge

May 26, 2020 Arrest warrant issued for 

  • Robbery
  • Assault-second degree
  • Theft $1,500 to under $25,000
  • Theft $100 to under $1,500

Baltimore City warrant charge

July 1, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $1,500 to under $25,000
  • Motor vehicle/unlawful taking
  • Unauthorized removal of motor vehicle
  • Theft $100 to under $1,500
  • Failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order

Anne Arundel County warrant charge

January 24, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $100 to under $1,500
  • Con-Theft $100 to under $1,500

Anne Arundel County warrant charge

April 28, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $100 to under $1,500

Baltimore County warrant charge

March 4, 2020 Bench warrant issued for 

  • Trespassing: Private property (failed to appear on March 4, 2020 for court and the judge issued a failure to appear bench warrant)

Tiara Baker is being held at the Towson Precinct pending a bail hearing.

Original (September 16, 2020 12:25 p.m.)

Police Still Searching for Suspect Who Attempted to Run Over Detective

Photos of suspect Tiara Baker.Baltimore County Police are still searching for the suspect in yesterday’s police involved shooting in Baltimore City. Tiara Kianna Baker, 22 years old, from the 200 block of N. Kenwood Avenue, 21224 is facing multiple charges from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County all related to theft, robbery and assaults. Charges are pending in Baltimore City based on yesterday’s events.

On September 15, Baltimore County detectives were investigating a series of thefts and robberies that involved Baltimore County and surrounding jurisdictions. As they were conducting surveillance in Baltimore City, the suspect was seen walking out of a hotel and getting into a Honda Accord. The detectives attempted to prevent the car from leaving and arrest suspect Baker. At that point suspect Baker rammed the Honda into the back of a police vehicle then drove towards a detective. The detective fired his weapon striking the front windshield. The suspect vehicle struck another vehicle as it fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was recovered in the Northwest District of Baltimore City. A male suspect was arrested on scene and is pending separate charges by Baltimore City police. This suspect is being investigated for his involvement in the series of crimes.

Evidence recovered inside the vehicle leads detectives to believe suspect Baker may be in need of medical attention.

The detective involved has been identified as Baltimore County Detective Z. Brocato #5439, a 12-year veteran assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He has been placed on routine administrative leave per policy.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Tiara Baker to contact police at 410-307-2020.

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

Just after 12:30 p.m. on September 16, Baltimore County Police responded to Eastern Avenue and 48th Street, 21224 for a call of a motor vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Baltimore County School bus made a left turn from westbound Eastern Avenue onto 48th Street, headed to deliver meals to a school. A Honda motorcycle was traveling east on Eastern Avenue and struck the rear corner of the bus.

The rider of the motorcycle, identified as Frank Schmidt Jr. (71) of the 2100 block of Sunnythorn Road, 21220, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and three adult passengers on the bus were not injured.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team is continuing their investigation. If anyone has information about the crash they are asked to call 410-307-2020.

Update (September 17, 11:05 a.m.)

Betty Defazio was reported missing on September 9 and has been found deceased in Prince George’s County, MD. Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and are working jointly with P.G. County Police.

Original Release (September 11, 4:10 p.m.)

Police Search for Missing Elderly Woman

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman.

Betty Defazio (70) of no fixed address was last seen at the Regal Inn located in the 8000 block of Pulaski Highway, 21237 on September 6. She left her hotel room to get cigarettes and never returned. Family members have tried to contact her by phone but it goes straight to voicemail. The family is concerned because she is typically in contact with them daily.

She is described as a white female, 5’2" tall, 108 pounds, has brown collar length hair with bangs and brown eyes. It is unknown what she might be wearing. Defazio suffers from emotional distress and is known to frequent East Baltimore.

If anyone has information about Betty Defazio, please call police at 410-307-2020.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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