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Keyword: carjacking

Update (1/9/19 2:15 p.m.) 

The officer involved in the January 6 fatal crash during a carjacking and subsequent pursuit is Police Officer First Class Corbin. Officer Corbin is a 5-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Update (1/7/19 3:00 p.m.) 

Baltimore County Police have charged the second suspect involved in the January 6th carjacking, as an adult. Taron Donta Kelly, 16, of the 5000-block of Truesdale Avenue, 21206 faces several charges including armed robbery, armed carjacking, motor vehicle theft, possession of a handgun and being a minor in possession of a handgun. Kelly is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update (1/7/19 1:45 p.m.) 

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect who was struck by the police vehicle during the carjacking incident on January 6th. Dion Lamar Taylor, 20, of the 3200-block of West Rogers Avenue, 21215, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Baltimore Police and Baltimore County Police are continuing their investigations at this time. 

Original (1/6/19 10:07 p.m.) 

Just before 4:00 p.m. on January 6, 2019, Baltimore County Police responded to the 3400-block of Merle Drive, 21244 for a carjacking. The victim, a pizza delivery driver, told police that three suspects threatened him and stole his car. Afterwards, a Baltimore County officer saw the car on Liberty Road at Essex Road. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the suspects fled. Police pursued the suspects and saw the suspects throw a handgun from the car on Liberty Road at Northern Parkway. Police were able to recover the gun. The three suspects then jumped out of the car on Northern Parkway at Highgate Drive. One suspect was struck in the roadway by one of the pursuing police vehicles. Another suspect was arrested, and the third suspect continued to flee. The third suspect is still being sought by police. The suspect struck by the police car was pronounced deceased at the scene. Baltimore Police did assist County officers at the crash scene.

Baltimore Police are leading the crash investigation. None of the involved officers were injured during the incident. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting on Vanderwood Road last night that resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.

Police and medics were sent to the 900 block of Vanderwood Road in Catonsville after receiving 9-1-1 calls for an unconscious man lying in the street around 8 p.m. The man, identified as Idrissa Derme (46) of the 1900 block of Mosher Street, 21217, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Derme suffered at least one gunshot wound while he was delivering a food order for a local carry-out restaurant to an address on Vanderwood Road. Detectives believe that robbery was the motive for the shooting.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything unusual or heard gunshots fired to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

UPDATE (May 23, 1018 10:13 a.m.):

Three additional suspects in the murder of Officer Caprio have been arrested and automatically waived to adult status, based on the seriousness of their charges, those being 1st Degree Murder per the felony murder law, and 1st Degree Burglary. All three are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending bail review today.

  • Eugene Robert Genius (17) of the 400 block of North Lakewood Avenue, 21224. He was arrested at a home on 33rd Street in Baltimore City at 8:40 am yesterday.
  • Derrick Eugene Matthews (16) of the 200 block of South Dallas Court, 21231. He was arrested at a home in the 1800 block of E. 29th Street in Baltimore City at 8:53 a.m. yesterday.
  • Darrell Jaymar Ward (15) of the 2300 block of Ashland Avenue, 21205. He was arrested at his home on Ashland Avenue in Baltimore City at 9:31 a.m. yesterday.

Original Release (May 22, 2018 4:55 p.m.):

It is with heavy hearts that the Baltimore County Police Department confirms the first female line-of-duty death in the Department's 144-year history.

She is identified as Police Officer First Class A. Sorrells Caprio #5785 of Precinct 8 - Parkville, a nearly 4-year-veteran of the Department.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident that killed Officer Caprio yesterday afternoon:

  • Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) of the 1600 block of Vincent Court, 21217 is charged with 1st Degree Murder and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
  • SUSPECT 2 - 17-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 3 - 16-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending
  • SUSPECT 4 - 15-year-old male, not yet identified, charges pending

The Call for Service

Officer Caprio was the primary officer responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle with multiple suspicious subjects walking around homes in the unit block of Linwen Way in Nottingham, 21236 at 1:58 p.m. A neighbor called 9-1-1 adding that the subjects had broken into a home and that a black Jeep Wrangler appeared to be involved.

Officer Caprio arrived in the area and located the black Jeep Wrangler, following it to the cul-de-sac at the end of Linwen Way. She exited her vehicle and ordered the driver, identified later as Dawnta Harris, to exit the Jeep. Harris began to exit the Jeep, then got back in and quickly accelerated, driving toward and striking Officer Caprio. Neighbors called 9-1-1 reporting that the officer had been struck by a vehicle and may have been shot. One neighbor, a paramedic, ran to the officer's aid to begin life-saving efforts. Baltimore County Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene to aid Officer Caprio, who was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with traumatic injuries. She was pronounced deceased at 2:50 p.m. on May 21, 2018. The preliminary results from an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this morning indicate the cause and manner of death to be homicide by traumatic injuries incurred as a result of being struck by the suspect vehicle. No evidence of a gunshot wound was found.

The Search for Suspects

Harris fled in the Jeep, which was soon reported to have been abandoned in the 9500 block of Dawnvale Road nearby. A description of the fleeing driver was broadcast to officers, who converged on the area. The abandoned Jeep was located, found with a bullet hole in the front windshield. A subject matching the description of the driver was located approximately a block away from the Jeep. After further investigation the subject was identified as the driver who struck Officer Caprio with the Jeep, Dawnta Harris, and arrested. Detectives have confirmed through Body Worn Camera video, which will not be released pending trial, that the bullet hole in the windshield of the Jeep was caused when Officer Caprio fired her service weapon at the driver just before being struck by the Jeep. The Jeep is determined to have been stolen out of Baltimore City, as well as having a stolen tag belonging to another vehicle attached at the rear.

Police began a coordinated effort to surround and search the neighborhoods and wooded areas nearby looking for the additional three suspects. Numerous patrol and support unit officers from the Parkville and White Marsh Precincts responded, as well our Tactical team, K-9 teams, and air support. Additionally, a number of other agencies responded to assist in the search and handling of the incident, to which Baltimore County Police extends our sincere gratitude:

  • Baltimore County Fire Department
  • Baltimore County Sheriff's Office
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore City Sheriff's Office
  • Baltimore Watershed Police
  • Howard County Police
  • Maryland State Police
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police
  • Maryland Transportation Authority Police
  • Montgomery County Police
  • Prince Georges County Police
  • US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • US Homeland SecurityInvestigations
  • US Marshals Service

Belair Road remained closed between Forge and Ebenezer roads, along with a number of area neighborhood roads, for an extensive period of time while officers, on and off-duty, searched the area. Residents were asked to shelter in place when an additional 9-1-1 call for an armed subject was received in the 9400 block of Belair Road. Four elementary schools were also placed on alert status, delaying dismissal for hours, as officers continued to investigate and search the area. The armed man was eventually located and determined to be a frightened resident, who was released.

Investigative efforts throughout the night led detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit to two separate locations in Baltimore City where the remaining three suspects were believed to be sheltering. All three suspects were located and arrested in the early morning hours and are awaiting formal charges and bail hearings.

Officer Caprio

Academy graduation photo of Officer CaprioOfficer Caprio was a 29-year-old woman who loved her family, her husband, and her dog, Doodle. She loved the outdoors, mountain biking on the new bike she recently bought, and kayaking with her husband. She was a dog lover, making sure to have a leash and dog treats on hand when she went out on patrol - just in case. She and her husband were scheduled to begin a week of vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and both of their upcoming birthdays.

Officer Caprio graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2010 with the intention of becoming a physical therapist, but found her true passion became police work. She graduated from the Baltimore County Police Department's Police Academy on December 23, 2014 as a member of our 140th recruit class. Officer Caprio's supervisor, Lieutenant Chemelli, stated today, "It was an honor to be her supervisor. I can personally say that she had a work ethic like no other. She truly loved being a police officer and helping others - this was her passion and definitely her calling. She made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that she loved. She will be greatly missed by our shift and will forever be our hero." A sentiment resonating with all of her police family today.

Booking photo of Dawnta Anthony Harris:

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017