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UPDATE (September 17, 2020 7:47 p.m.)

Tiara Baker, accompanied by her attorney, went to Patriot Plaza in Towson and turned herself over to police custody at 4:30 p.m. today.

She has been arrested on the following five warrants:

Baltimore County warrant charge

May 26, 2020 Arrest warrant issued for 

  • Robbery
  • Assault-second degree
  • Theft $1,500 to under $25,000
  • Theft $100 to under $1,500

Baltimore City warrant charge

July 1, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $1,500 to under $25,000
  • Motor vehicle/unlawful taking
  • Unauthorized removal of motor vehicle
  • Theft $100 to under $1,500
  • Failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order

Anne Arundel County warrant charge

January 24, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $100 to under $1,500
  • Con-Theft $100 to under $1,500

Anne Arundel County warrant charge

April 28, 2020 offense date 

  • Theft $100 to under $1,500

Baltimore County warrant charge

March 4, 2020 Bench warrant issued for 

  • Trespassing: Private property (failed to appear on March 4, 2020 for court and the judge issued a failure to appear bench warrant)

Tiara Baker is being held at the Towson Precinct pending a bail hearing.

Original (September 16, 2020 12:25 p.m.)

Police Still Searching for Suspect Who Attempted to Run Over Detective

Photos of suspect Tiara Baker.Baltimore County Police are still searching for the suspect in yesterday’s police involved shooting in Baltimore City. Tiara Kianna Baker, 22 years old, from the 200 block of N. Kenwood Avenue, 21224 is facing multiple charges from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County all related to theft, robbery and assaults. Charges are pending in Baltimore City based on yesterday’s events.

On September 15, Baltimore County detectives were investigating a series of thefts and robberies that involved Baltimore County and surrounding jurisdictions. As they were conducting surveillance in Baltimore City, the suspect was seen walking out of a hotel and getting into a Honda Accord. The detectives attempted to prevent the car from leaving and arrest suspect Baker. At that point suspect Baker rammed the Honda into the back of a police vehicle then drove towards a detective. The detective fired his weapon striking the front windshield. The suspect vehicle struck another vehicle as it fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was recovered in the Northwest District of Baltimore City. A male suspect was arrested on scene and is pending separate charges by Baltimore City police. This suspect is being investigated for his involvement in the series of crimes.

Evidence recovered inside the vehicle leads detectives to believe suspect Baker may be in need of medical attention.

The detective involved has been identified as Baltimore County Detective Z. Brocato #5439, a 12-year veteran assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He has been placed on routine administrative leave per policy.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Tiara Baker to contact police at 410-307-2020.

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

UPDATE (June 2, 2020 4:15 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in the shooting death of a man on Stillmeadow Road last night.

Booking photo for Sahmir Pasha Tahlib SmokesSahmir Pasha Tahlib Smokes (20) of the unit block of Bernadotte Court, 21234, is charged with first degree murder and held on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

The investigation determined that Smokes and the victim, identified as 20-year-old Nygel Allen-Lee Simmons, were known to each other and had an ongoing dispute. Simmons was parked on Stillmeadow Road around 6:30 p.m. when Smokes walked up to the car and shot Simmons. Smokes fled the scene but was seen leaving the area in a vehicle parked nearby on Arwell Court. Officers quickly located the suspect vehicle and stopped it at South and Baltimore Street in Baltimore City. Smokes, the passenger, was arrested along with the driver, who was later released without charge after detectives determined the driver had no knowledge of the crime. 

Original Release (June 1, 2020 9:25 p.m.):

Shooting on Stillmeadow Road Leaves Man Dead

Baltimore County Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting in the Parkville Precinct this evening.

Police responded to Stillmeadow Road near Dunfield Road, 21236 at 6:30 p.m. for a shooting. On arrival they discovered an adult man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body and began life-saving procedures, but the man was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Detectives believe this was a targeted shooting and there is no further danger to the general public. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact Homicide detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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 $2000 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 (April 1, 2019 1:46 p.m.):

Booking photo of Jamell William SmithPolice have released the name of the suspect arrested in Friday's incident in Baltimore City involving County officers of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force. He is identified as Jamell William Smith (30) of the 1900 block of the Green Gage Road, 21244.

Smith, the targeted suspect of the WATF apprehension, was the passenger in a vehicle that struck two WATF detectives as it fled the scene. Smith was apprehended a short time later when the suspect vehicle was located on Melvin Avenue. The driver of the vehicle remains outstanding.

Smith was apprehended on a Baltimore County Warrant for First and Second Degree Assault. He remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center following a bail review hearing this morning.

Original Release (March 29, 2019 6:52 p.m.):

Two detectives from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were injured this afternoon while attempting to make an arrest of a wanted suspect on a Baltimore County warrant while in Baltimore City.

Three units carrying seven members of the WATF, a jointly organized unit involving both Baltimore County and Baltimore City detectives dedicated to making warrant apprehensions, were following a white Kia known to be carrying the targeted wanted suspect as a passenger around 10:50 a.m. The detectives, who included both Baltimore County and Baltimore City officers, attempted to stop the Kia in the area of South Caton Avenue just south of Wilkens Avenue in front of Saint Agnes Hospital. 

Three Baltimore County detectives in an unmarked minivan stopped partially in front of the suspect's white Kia to stop the vehicle, then got out of the vehicle to facilitate the apprehension. The driver of the Kia accelerated toward the detectives as it drove up onto the sidewalk to pass in front of the minivan, striking and injuring two of them, then fleeing southbound on South Caton Avenue. All three county detectives were able to retrieve their firearms and fired shots at the suspect vehicle during the incident, shattering the rear window.

Additional officers and air support responded to the scene and began canvassing the area for the suspect vehicle, which was located parked and unoccupied in the 300 block of Melvin Avenue. Officers immediately began a search of that area for the suspects and located the targeted wanted suspect nearby on Melvin Avenue. That suspect, not yet identified pending formal charges, was taken into custody without incident. He did not suffer any injuries as a result of the shooting.

The driver of the suspect vehicle remains outstanding at the time of this posting and detectives are now working to discover the identity of that suspect. His condition is unknown.

Both of the detectives struck by the suspect vehicle were treated at Saint Agnes Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017