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UPDATE (March 19, 2019 12:53 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit has released images from the High's surveillance video of suspect Rogge dressed in the unicorn costume during the armed robbery, as well as a photo of the discarded costume where it was recovered by police.












It should also be noted that the booking photo provided for suspect Rogge is from a 2017 arrest. No booking photo for this crime is available as he remains hospitalized in serious condition.

UPDATE (March 18, 2019 5:17 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged two suspects in the armed robbery of High's Dairy Store on Long Green Pike early Saturday morning.

Jacob William Rogge (28) of the 7900 block of Bradshaw Road, 21156 is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first and second degree assault, theft, and destruction of property after robbing the High's store around 5 a.m. Saturday morning dressed in a full-body white and pink unicorn costume and wielding a crow bar, which he used to smash one of the registers when he demanded money from the employee.

Rogge fled with cash and cigarettes in a silver Hyundai Elantra driven by his accomplice, Joseph Philip Svezzese (27) of the 600 block of Thames Way, 21014. Svezzese is also charged with armed robbery, robbery and theft.

Officers responding to the call passed the silver Elantra which fit the description of the suspect vehicle. Before officers could turn around and stop the vehicle, it lost control and crossed over the oncoming traffic lane on Manor Road at Sweet Air Road, crashing into mailboxes, a BGE pole, shrubbery and finally a boulder, which redirected the vehicle back across Manor Road where it came to a stop after striking a tree.

Both suspects were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. Svezzese was treated and released and is held without bail pending a bail review hearing. Rogge remains hospitalized in serious condition, receiving an initial bail hearing this afternoon resulting in no bond status. 

Evidence was recovered at the scene of the crash linking the suspects to the robbery. The unicorn costume was discarded prior to the crash but later recovered by police off the side of the roadway in some bushes.

Original Release (March 16, 2019 12:32 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating an armed robbery this morning involving a suspect who was wearing a unicorn costume.

Officers responded to a call for an armed robbery at the High’s store in the 13500 block of Long Green Pike just after 5 a.m. with a suspect described as being dressed as a unicorn and armed with a crowbar.  Police also received information that the suspect fled the location in a silver passenger vehicle.  

While responding to the scene officers passed a silver passenger car heading in the opposite direction on Glen Arm Rd.  Officers turned around to catch up and make an investigative stop on the vehicle but instead found the vehicle had already become involved in a single vehicle crash in the 14200 block of Manor Rd.  

Two occupants of the vehicle were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries sustained during the crash. Detectives of the Baltimore County Police Criminal Investigations Bureau, Robbery Unit, are continuing to investigate their involvement in the robbery.  This is currently an active investigation.

Just before midnight on July 31, 2017, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Peterson Road, 21220 for a shooting. Upon arrival, Police located a female victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body. The victim, Iyanna Nachae Watkins, 13, of the 700 block of Shipfriend Road, 21220, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A second victim, an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was located in the 500 block of Compass Road and transported to a local hospital by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel. A third victim, also an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was identified after he was transported to a hospital by a family member.

On January 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police charged Alphonso Frederick Smith, III, 19, of the 1100 block of Country Terrace Road, 21221, and Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr., 19, of the 4300 block of Seidel Avenue, 21206, each with first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Both men are being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Detectives learned that the shooting was the result of a prior altercation between Smith and a friend of the victims. After the fight, Smith told the group that he would be back. Later that same day, the victims were with a group of people sitting behind the 7-11 store to the rear of Peterson Road. Smith and Eastmond found the group, including the person from the earlier fight, and coordinated the shooting into the crowd from a short distance away, which resulted in the death of Iyanna Watkins and injuries to the other victims. Investigators believe that Watkins was struck by gunfire intended for someone else.

If anyone has additional information about the shooting, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

The original news blog post on the case can be found here.

Booking photo for Alphonso Frederick Smith, III:











Booking photo for Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr.:

On July 22, 2017, officers from the Woodlawn precinct responded to the Motel 6 located in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court, for an injury call. During the course of their initial investigation, officers discovered that a small child had been kidnapped from the location.

Dominique Manago told officers that a known man was taking care of her 1-year-old child, Kalani Goodson. The man came to the motel with the child inside his car. He knocked on the door of the room, while Manago was inside the room. Manago refused to open the door for the man. The suspect went back to his car and started to leave the area with the child. As the man was leaving, Manago ran up to the car and tried to remove her daughter from inside the car. The suspect moved his car back and forth causing Manago to fall to the ground, then drove off with the child still in the car.

Police began searching for Kalani Goodson immediately and she was located at approximately 7 p.m. in the Wilkens area of Baltimore County, when officers saw the suspect’s vehicle. Kalani Goodson was recovered by police, safe and unharmed.

The suspect was arrested and charged with one count of kidnapping a child under the age of 16. Clarence James Harris, 65, of the 300-block of Saybrooke View Drive, 20877 is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Revised June 27, 2017