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Photos of Brandon Saunders, charged in Baltimore County and Baltimore City rape cases.Baltimore County Police have been extensively investigating a rape that occurred last year in the parking lot of Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Road, 21286. An arrest warrant was obtained exactly a year to the date of the offense. Brandon Saunders, 29 years old, from the 3900 block of Eierman Avenue, 21206 was arrested at his home without incident on July 29. He is charged with first degree rape and first degree assault. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail. Baltimore City police have an arrest warrant for Saunders based on a collaborative investigation for a rape that occurred in Baltimore City in October of 2019. Saunders has a $20,000 bail in the City case.

On July 28, 2019 the victim told police that she was in Baltimore City and needed a ride to a family member’s house after she had an argument with a friend. She had been waiting for a bus when the suspect made contact with her. He offered to take her where she needed to go. As they were in the car, she noticed the suspect was not going in the right direction. When the victim asked the suspect where they were going, he assaulted her inside the car. Suspect Saunders drove the victim to a secluded parking lot to the rear of Loch Raven High School where he brutally raped and attacked her. He constantly threatened to kill her and at times she lost consciousness during the attack. She was finally able to escape and ran towards Interstate 695 in hopes of flagging someone down since it was around 4:30 a.m. A passerby saw the victim walking along the shoulder of I-695 disheveled and bloodied from the attack and called 911.

Detectives Believe There May Be More Victims

During the investigation, many evidentiary techniques were used and information started to lead detectives to Suspect Saunders. Once they realized he lived in Baltimore City, the detectives reached out to the Baltimore City detectives and they started looking at similarities in other rape cases. A common thread linked suspect Saunders to another rape in Baltimore City.

Collage of stock photos and actual photo of vehicles used by Brandon Saunders in rape cases.The BCoPD is also releasing a photo and stock photos of the vehicles that Brandon Saunders operated. Descriptions of those vehicles are below.

  • 1999 Blue Mercury Grand Marquis (stock photo)
  • 2001 Silver Oldsmobile Alero (stock photo)
  • 2003 black Chevy Malibu (photo of his black Malibu has stock black rims; the stock photo of the second Malibu has aluminum rims)

Both Baltimore County and Baltimore City detectives believe there may be more victims and have released the booking photo along with the vehicles that belong to suspect Saunders. If you or anyone you know has more information on this case or others, you are asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Baltimore City detectives at 410-396-2076.

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

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

UPDATE (October 2, 2018 8:20 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit were able to speak today with the victim of the shooting on I-695, who provided updated information on the occupants of the dark colored Nissan sedan.

The victim advised that the driver was actually the black male subject and that the front passenger was a white woman wearing a yellow shirt.

Police continue to ask that any potential witnesses come forward with any information they may have. If you were on I-695 eastbound/inner loop around noon and recall seeing a white van or a dark colored Nissan driving aggressively in the Towson or Parkville area, please contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (September 30, 2018 1:05 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police continues to seek information regarding the suspect who shot a 58-year-old woman in a road rage incident on the Baltimore Beltway just after noon yesterday.

The woman had just merged onto the inner loop from Harford Road in front of the suspect, who was driving a dark colored Nissan with dark window tint at a high rate of speed in the right lane. The driver of the Nissan moved into the center lane and slowed down abruptly in front of a white work van. As the woman drove past the Nissan in the right lane a single gunshot was heard. The woman stopped her vehicle, a gray Subaru Outback, on the shoulder of I-695 after realizing she had been struck by the gunfire and waited for first responders to arrive. She remains hospitalized with a life-threatening wound to the upper body and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Detectives are now turning their attention to locating any witnesses that can provide additional information on this incident.

The incident occurred on the eastbound/inner loop of I-695 approaching Harford Road in the Parkville area. It is possible that the road rage incident between the Nissan and the white work van could have occurred on eastbound I-695 prior to entering the Parkville area. Following the shooting the white work van continued traveling eastbound on I-695 but the Nissan is believed to have exited I-695 at Route 43/White Marsh Boulevard.

Detectives are also asking for help with identifying the driver of the white work van, who may have been the first victim of the road rage. The van is described as being a full sized work-type van with no rear windows and no company markings or logos. This driver is sought only as a witness to the events who may have critical information regarding the suspect vehicle.

Again, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2002-2006 model Nissan with dark tinted rear windows. The front windows were rolled down so it is unclear if those are dark tinted, as well. The Nissan has been described as dark colored, possibly black or gray. It has also been described as possibly a Nissan Maxima or a Nissan Altima. There was a young looking black male passenger in the Nissan, but no description of the driver.

Everyone who was driving eastbound on I-695 in the Towson/Parkville/White Marsh area who may have seen a white work van or dark colored Nissan sedan driving erratically is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Anyone who may have additional information on this case is also asked to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Original Release (September 30, 2018 2:57 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking your help in locating the suspect in reference to a shooting that occurred just hours ago.

The preliminary investigation indicates that just after noon, on the beltway, two vehicles became involved in a road rage incident. The two involved vehicles were described as a white van and a black Nissan sedan, possibly an Altima or a Maxima manufactured in the early 2000’s. As the dispute was continuing between the occupants of those two vehicles, a third vehicle attempted to pass them. At that time the suspect fired a shot in the direction of the third vehicle, striking the driver. This incident is believed to have occurred on the inner loop of I-695 at the Harford Road exit (Exit 31/MD 147).

The victim, a 58-year-old woman, was immediately treated and transported to a local hospital where she remains in serious condition. 

The suspect in this shooting is believed to have been operating the black Nissan sedan. 

Police are seeking your assistance in locating witnesses to this incident. If you have any information that may assist investigators, call police immediately at 410-307-2020 or dial 9-1-1.

Traffic in this area may be disrupted throughout the afternoon, as detectives of the Baltimore County Police Department​ Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate.

 
 
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