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Two suspects remain held without bail after robbing a business owner at gunpoint and attempting to extort an additional $30,000.

Anthony Smith (32) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dana Jackson (22) with no fixed address are both charged with armed robbery, robbery, and theft. Additionally, Smith is charged with first and second degree assault, the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, illegal possession of a handgun, and extortion. They both remain held on no bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Smith and Jackson were arrested during a traffic stop on July 16 after detectives watched Smith take a bait package left in a designated location following Smith's demand of $30,000 from a local business owner. Detectives recovered the bait package and a loaded handgun, along with additional evidence, during the execution of a search warrant on the suspect vehicle following the arrests. 

The Armed Robbery

The incident stemmed from an armed robbery at the victim's home at an undisclosed location in Baltimore County in the early morning hours on July 14. As the victim was returning home around 1:45 a.m. he was met at his door by Smith, who pointed a gun at him and ordered him inside. Smith demanded cash from the victim, then ransacked the home for valuables, including a wallet with credit cards. During the incident, Smith was on the phone with a female who was later identified as Jackson. Jackson ordered Smith to obtain the PIN numbers for the credit cards, but when the victim was unable to provide them, Smith repeatedly struck the victim in the face, causing serious facial injuries.

Before fleeing the location, Smith demanded information about the victim's business partner and threatened to kill him if he called police. Smith would later leave a threatening note at the business partner's home demanding $30,000 be left at a designated location. After Smith left, the victim called his business partner to warn him, and then they called police.

The Investigation

Over the next 34 hours members of the Baltimore County Police Department from patrol, Robbery Unit, Criminal Apprehension Support Team, Intelligence Unit, Tactical Unit and Aviation worked tirelessly together in investigating, collecting evidence, and catching Smith and Jackson. The collaborative effort among these officers and detectives led to their quick identification and arrest, ensuring the safety of the victim, his business partner, and the rest of the community.

"I'm really proud of the work that everyone involved put into this case. Their dedication and commitment to law enforcement and the people of Baltimore County is evident in the quality and swiftness of this investigation," said Chief Hyatt. "It makes me proud to be a part of this organization."

*Information regarding the victims' names and locations of the crimes are being withheld to protect the victims in this case.

Are you a package thief? Do you selfishly steal holiday gifts right from people's front doors? The Baltimore County Police Department has just the thing for you this holiday season!

You could be the lucky winner of a free stay at any of our fine police precincts or even get an inside tour of the Baltimore County Detention Center, just like Nasya Kamele Duvall (19) of the 100 block of Fitz Court, 21136, who remains held without bail, facing thirteen counts of burglary and theft charges after he stole a "bait package" from a front porch in Reisterstown.

Following a number of package thefts in the Franklin Precinct, the Franklin Precinct Investigative Services Team decided to conduct their investigation a little differently than usual. They set out a "bait package" on the front porch of a home on Mardan Drive, then sat back and waited. Soon enough, at 2:50 p.m. on December 11, to be specific, Duvall came along and swiped the package. When police swooped in he tried to flee but didn't get far before being apprehended.

The next time you find yourself walking down the sidewalk and see a package sitting at someone's front door, think twice. It may just have been placed there by savvy members of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Revised June 27, 2017