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Officer Anthony Michael Westerman, 25, has been charged with two counts of second degree rape and three counts of second degree assault. Westerman has been employed by the Baltimore County Police Department since 2013. His most recent assignment was at the Essex Precinct. 

This case was initiated when Baltimore County Police received information concerning the allegations. The Special Victims Unit conducted their investigation and ultimately pursued charges against Westerman. 

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, “the allegations made in this case are reprehensible and are not representative of the values and ethics of the Baltimore County Police Department. As a result of a thorough investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau, the officer has been arrested and has been suspended without pay.” Anthony Westerman is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is now investigating a serious assault case after the victim died of his injuries.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the man's death a homicide from multiple head injuries with complications this morning after an autopsy was performed. The man, identified as William David Johnson Jr. (78) with no fixed address, remained hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center since the incident on September 24 until his death Sunday morning, October 6.

Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Eastern Boulevard for a call of an unconscious subject just after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 24.The victim had been struck repeatedly with a blunt object, causing multiple injuries to the man.

No suspect has yet been identified in this case, which has been forwarded to the Homicide Unit for further investigation. Anyone who may have information is asked to call 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Booking photo of Gregory SumterA road rage incident turned into an arrest for impersonating a police officer on a Walmart parking lot in Catonsville Tuesday evening.

Gregory Sumter (57) of the 7300 block of Kathydale Road, 21207 was arrested after police were called to the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike for a weapons incident around 7:20 p.m. What started as a road rage incident in the parking lot escalated when Sumter produced a badge and gun, identifying himself as a police officer.

The victim honked her horn at Sumter when she attempted to enter the parking lot but Sumter's truck was blocking the access road. She eventually drove around his truck and parked her car on the parking lot. Sumter followed her and stopped behind her vehicle, blocking her egress. Sumter identified himself as an officer and produced a silver badge, then threatened the victim and her children, displaying a handgun.

An officer working uniformed secondary employment at Walmart spoke with Sumter, who denied the allegations, but witnesses confirmed the victim's account of events. A Special Police State of Maryland badge and a loaded revolver were recovered and confiscated. Sumter later stated he was retired Special Police and did not return his badge upon retiring.

Sumter was arrested and charged with first degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a loaded handgun in a vehicle, and impersonating a police officer. He is held without bond pending a bail review hearing later today.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017