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Keyword: 1st degree murder

“If he were alive today, my brother would be 32 years old. Our family and friends miss him very much. We still hope and pray Daniel’s case will be solved one day.” 

Homicide victim Daniel CoverstonCould this be that day? This is what Daniel Coverston's family and friends have wondered every day for ten years, and what they wonder still today. Could this be the day?

On February 14, 2009, at 2:50 p.m., Daniel's friend entered his apartment in the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle to check on him. Daniel was recovering after surgery for a detached retina, so his friend expected to find him in the same place he found him the day before - lying face down on his bed. Daniel was expecting his friend so he'd left the door unlocked. His friend had checked on him a number of times since the surgery, and each time Daniel was doing what the doctor ordered, resting face down.

He walked through the apartment and into the bedroom, just like he had around 2 p.m. the day before. Something was different this time. This time Daniel didn't answer. There was blood. Daniel wasn't sleeping. 

Daniel Ho Coverston was 22 years old when he was murdered, found face down on his bed with a gunshot wound to his head.

Crime scene photo of actual phone boothThe only possible clue to the killer's identity may be in the last phone call he received, which came from a phone booth that was, at that time, located on Loch Raven Boulevard at Belvedere Avenue. Detectives believe it is possible that the phone call made from that payphone may have come from the person who entered his apartment and killed him as he was resting following his surgery.

“Our Daniel was a bright and strong spirit. He was compassionate and generous. Daniel was both academically and athletically gifted. He had an unforgettable, contagious laugh and brought joy to those around him. There is a great hole in our lives and hearts since Daniel’s murder. It is our fervent hope and prayer that we can find Justice for Daniel,” wrote Daniel's sister.

It has been ten years since this murder took place. Someone has a piece of information that could help police solve this crime. Someone knows who killed Daniel Coverston. It is time to come forward and bring this family peace.

Contact Baltimore County Homicide Detectives with any information, regardless of how insignificant you may think it is, by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Personal photos of Daniel Coverston and friendsToday can be the day.

Reward Offered

A $15,000 reward is being offered through Metro Crime Stoppers. Anyone who contacts Metro Crime Stoppers with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Daniel Coverston's murder may be eligible for this reward.

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 their new mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

View the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland reward flyer for Daniel Coverston here: metrocrimestoppers.org/danielcoverston

UPDATE (May 23, 1018 10:13 a.m.):

Three additional suspects in the murder of Officer Caprio have been arrested and automatically waived to adult status, based on the seriousness of their charges, those being 1st Degree Murder per the felony murder law, and 1st Degree Burglary. All three are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending bail review today.

  • Eugene Robert Genius (17) of the 400 block of North Lakewood Avenue, 21224. He was arrested at a home on 33rd Street in Baltimore City at 8:40 am yesterday.
  • Derrick Eugene Matthews (16) of the 200 block of South Dallas Court, 21231. He was arrested at a home in the 1800 block of E. 29th Street in Baltimore City at 8:53 a.m. yesterday.
  • Darrell Jaymar Ward (15) of the 2300 block of Ashland Avenue, 21205. He was arrested at his home on Ashland Avenue in Baltimore City at 9:31 a.m. yesterday.

Original Release (May 22, 2018 4:55 p.m.):

It is with heavy hearts that the Baltimore County Police Department confirms the first female line-of-duty death in the Department's 144-year history.

She is identified as Police Officer First Class A. Sorrells Caprio #5785 of Precinct 8 - Parkville, a nearly 4-year-veteran of the Department.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident that killed Officer Caprio yesterday afternoon:

  • Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) of the 1600 block of Vincent Court, 21217 is charged with 1st Degree Murder and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
  • SUSPECT 2 - 17-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 3 - 16-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 4 - 15-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending

The Call for Service

Officer Caprio was the primary officer responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle with multiple suspicious subjects walking around homes in the unit block of Linwen Way in Nottingham, 21236 at 1:58 p.m. A neighbor called 9-1-1 adding that the subjects had broken into a home and that a black Jeep Wrangler appeared to be involved.

Officer Caprio arrived in the area and located the black Jeep Wrangler, following it to the cul-de-sac at the end of Linwen Way. She exited her vehicle and ordered the driver, identified later as Dawnta Harris, to exit the Jeep. Harris began to exit the Jeep, then got back in and quickly accelerated, driving toward and striking Officer Caprio. Neighbors called 9-1-1 reporting that the officer had been struck by a vehicle and may have been shot. One neighbor, a paramedic, ran to the officer's aid to begin life-saving efforts. Baltimore County Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene to aid Officer Caprio, who was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with traumatic injuries. She was pronounced deceased at 2:50 p.m. on May 21, 2018. The preliminary results from an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this morning indicate the cause and manner of death to be homicide by traumatic injuries incurred as a result of being struck by the suspect vehicle. No evidence of a gunshot wound was found.

The Search for Suspects

Harris fled in the Jeep, which was soon reported to have been abandoned in the 9500 block of Dawnvale Road nearby. A description of the fleeing driver was broadcast to officers, who converged on the area. The abandoned Jeep was located, found with a bullet hole in the front windshield. A subject matching the description of the driver was located approximately a block away from the Jeep. After further investigation the subject was identified as the driver who struck Officer Caprio with the Jeep, Dawnta Harris, and arrested. Detectives have confirmed through Body Worn Camera video, which will not be released pending trial, that the bullet hole in the windshield of the Jeep was caused when Officer Caprio fired her service weapon at the driver just before being struck by the Jeep. The Jeep is determined to have been stolen out of Baltimore City, as well as having a stolen tag belonging to another vehicle attached at the rear.

Police began a coordinated effort to surround and search the neighborhoods and wooded areas nearby looking for the additional three suspects. Numerous patrol and support unit officers from the Parkville and White Marsh Precincts responded, as well our Tactical team, K-9 teams, and air support. Additionally, a number of other agencies responded to assist in the search and handling of the incident, to which Baltimore County Police extends our sincere gratitude:

  • Baltimore County Fire Department
  • Baltimore County Sheriff's Office
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore City Sheriff's Office
  • Baltimore Watershed Police
  • Howard County Police
  • Maryland State Police
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police
  • Maryland Transportation Authority Police
  • Montgomery County Police
  • Prince Georges County Police
  • US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • US Homeland SecurityInvestigations
  • US Marshals Service

Belair Road remained closed between Forge and Ebenezer roads, along with a number of area neighborhood roads, for an extensive period of time while officers, on and off-duty, searched the area. Residents were asked to shelter in place when an additional 9-1-1 call for an armed subject was received in the 9400 block of Belair Road. Four elementary schools were also placed on alert status, delaying dismissal for hours, as officers continued to investigate and search the area. The armed man was eventually located and determined to be a frightened resident, who was released.

Investigative efforts throughout the night led detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit to two separate locations in Baltimore City where the remaining three suspects were believed to be sheltering. All three suspects were located and arrested in the early morning hours and are awaiting formal charges and bail hearings.

Officer Caprio

Academy graduation photo of Officer CaprioOfficer Caprio was a 29-year-old woman who loved her family, her husband, and her dog, Doodle. She loved the outdoors, mountain biking on the new bike she recently bought, and kayaking with her husband. She was a dog lover, making sure to have a leash and dog treats on hand when she went out on patrol - just in case. She and her husband were scheduled to begin a week of vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and both of their upcoming birthdays.

Officer Caprio graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2010 with the intention of becoming a physical therapist, but found her true passion became police work. She graduated from the Baltimore County Police Department's Police Academy on December 23, 2014 as a member of our 140th recruit class. Officer Caprio's supervisor, Lieutenant Chemelli, stated today, "It was an honor to be her supervisor. I can personally say that she had a work ethic like no other. She truly loved being a police officer and helping others - this was her passion and definitely her calling. She made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that she loved. She will be greatly missed by our shift and will forever be our hero." A sentiment resonating with all of her police family today.

Booking photo of Dawnta Anthony Harris:

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the double homicide of Stanley Brunson Jr. and Shameek Joyner in a Towson apartment last week.

Officers were called to the apartment in the unit block of Lambourne Road around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, when a maintenance worker entered the apartment and discovered the bodies of the two men.

Detectives determined that the two victims went to the apartment to meet with the two suspects after a resident of the apartment facilitated the meet for a narcotics related transaction. It is still unknown what precipitated the murders, but both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Brunson also suffered additional traumatic injuries to his upper body.

Police obtained warrants for the two suspects on Sunday, April 15, and located them yesterday afternoon. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they were known to be traveling in on southbound I-83 around 3 p.m. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects, who are brothers, are identified as Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr. (29) and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson (21), both of the unit block of Paula Place in Rossville, 21237. Both are charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Booking photo of Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr.                                  Booking photo of Nyghee Nicholas Johnson

The Investigation

Dwight Dakarai Jones (42) of the 900 block of Elton Avenue, 21222 has also been arrested and charged with a myriad of drug and weapons violations, including firearms and drug trafficking crimes, in connection with this homicide investigation. Detectives learned that Jones was an associate of the Johnson brothers and conducted a search warrant at his home on Elton Avenue for evidence in the homicides. Detectives discovered a number of guns, illegally possessed by Jones, who is restricted from gun ownership due to a previous felony conviction, and confiscated over 100 pounds of marijuana. No evidence from the homicide was located during the search - police do not believe that any of the guns confiscated from Jones is a murder weapon used in the homicide, but will undergo forensics testing to determine if they were used in any crimes. Jones continues to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

While police have charged two suspects in connection with the homicides, the overall investigation into the circumstances surrounding the homicides continues.

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

UPDATE to Original Release (April 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police identified the victims from the April 9th homicides. Stanley B. Brunson, Jr., 29, of the 1500-block of E. Northern Parkway, 21239 and Shameek Davone Joyner, 28, of the 5300-block of Leith Road, 21239, both suffered trauma to their upper-bodies. 

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the murders. If anyone has information about this incident, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020 or call Metro Crime Stoppers. 

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, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

Original Release (April 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.):

Just before 9:30 a.m. on April 9, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to the unit-block of Lambourne Road, 21204 for a double homicide. A maintenance worker called police when he attempted to perform routine work inside a 5th floor apartment and found the two victims inside. Both men suffered from multiple trauma and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives identified the victims but police cannot release their names until notification of next of kin.

Investigators believe that the victims were targeted and there is not a threat to the general public. Detectives are actively investigating the murders and will release more information as it becomes available.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017