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Keyword: burglary in progress

Police discovered a burglar hiding in the attic of a home in Essex last night after a lengthy barricade situation.

Officers were initially dispatched to the home in the 900 block of Renfrew Street, 21221 for a burglary in progress around 12:55 p.m. when the homeowner called 9-1-1 upon seeing the burglar inside on surveillance cameras. The homeowner received a "person detected" mobile alert from his interior surveillance cameras, then watched a live feed of the suspect walking around inside his home.

Officers surrounded the home and challenged the suspect as he attempted to escape through a window, but the suspect retreated back inside. Police initiated a barricade situation, summonsing additional resources to the scene, and attempted to communicate with the suspect without success. Just after 10 p.m. tactical officers made entry into the home, located the suspect hiding in the attic and made the apprehension.

The burglar is identified as Devante James Riley, 26, of the 1700 block of McKean Avenue, 21217. He is charged with First and Fourth Degree Burglary in this case, as well as being served a warrant for his arrest on charges of First, Third, and Fourth Degree Burglary and Theft in another Baltimore County case. He is held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center following his initial court appearance this morning.

UPDATE (Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:57 p.m.):

Booking photo of Everett JohnsonPolice have identified the suspect in yesterday's burglary and shooting on Aldershot Road in Catonsville as 55-year-old Everett William Johnson with no fixed address. He held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center and faces the following charges:

  • Attempted First Degree Murder
  • First Degree Assault
  • Second Degree Assault
  • Possession of a Handgun
  • Use of a Firearm in a Felony
  • Illegal Possession of a Registered Firearm
  • First Degree Burglary - 2 counts
  • Attempted First Degree Burglary
  • Theft Under $1500 - 2 counts
  • Malicious Destruction of Property - 3 counts

UPDATE (Thursday, August 2, 2018 11:52 a.m.):

Police have linked the suspect in last night’s shooting during a burglary  on Aldershot Road to a number of other recent burglaries in the area, including at least two other burglaries committed by this same suspect on Aldershot Road earlier in the day. Detectives in the Baltimore County Burglary Unit are continuing to further other burglary investigations to determine if he is involved in any other recent crimes in that area.

Officers were initially called to the 600 block of Aldershot Road around 5:55 p.m. for a burglary report at a different home, and around 7 p.m. began an investigation into an attempted burglary at still another home on Aldershot Road. At 7:55 p.m. officers were called back to Aldershot Road for a burglary in progress, which was soon upgraded to a shooting.

The female homeowner returned home to find her front door open. She entered her home, found items in her home were broken or moved, then encountered the suspect when she checked her attic. She fled the attic and retrieved a revolver, calling 9-1-1 to report an intruder in the house. She again encountered the suspect and a physical altercation ensued. During that altercation the gun was fired a number of times, striking the homeowner once in an upper extremity. The suspect was able to take control of the gun, taking it with him as he fled.

Arriving units encountered the suspect on the sidewalk in front of the home where he engaged them in a foot pursuit. He attempted to discard the gun but officers were able to apprehend him and recover the gun. At that time officers discovered that the suspect had an open warrant for a burglary he committed in the nearby 500 block of Edmondson Avenue on July 15.

The suspect will be identified following formal charging later this afternoon.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in serious condition but is expected to recover from her physical injuries.

Baltimore County Police urge residents who believe their home has been burglarized to call 9-1-1 immediately and wait for police to respond inside a locked car or a trusted neighbor’s home. Officers will respond to search your home for any remaining suspects, ensuring your safety before you re-enter your home. 

Original Release (August 1, 2018 9:32 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are on the scene of a shooting in Catonsville tonight.

Police were called to the 600 block of Aldershot Road at 7:55 p.m. for a burglary in progress, which was soon upgraded to a shooting. The initial investigation indicates that the burglar entered the home, but a female resident was inside and called 9-1-1. The woman, 44, was shot once in an upper extremity during a struggle with the burglar, who then fled. Responding officers were able to quickly locate and apprehend the suspect, who is not yet identified pending formal charging.

The woman has been transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive her wound.

More information will follow as the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continues their investigation into this incident.

Baltimore County Police are on the scene of a shooting in Catonsville tonight.

Police were called to the 600 block of Aldershot Road at 7:55 p.m. for a burglary in progress, which was soon upgraded to a shooting. The initial investigation indicates that the burglar entered the home, but a female resident was inside and called 9-1-1. The woman, 44, was shot once in an upper extremity during a struggle with the burglar, who then fled. Responding officers were able to quickly locate and apprehend the suspect, who is not yet identified pending formal charging.

The woman has been transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive her wound.

More information will follow as the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continues their investigation into this incident.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017