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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:

UPDATE (April 25, 2018 9:28 a.m.):

booking photo of carjacking suspect, Celandra LacruzeThe last suspect arrested in the Villa Cresta carjacking incident has been waived to adult status and is identified as Celandra Lace Lacruze (16) of the 4000 block of Starbrook Circle, 21133. She is charged with Carjacking, Robbery, and Theft of Auto and is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

UPDATE (April 24, 2018 4:50 p.m.):

The last two suspects, both juveniles, involved in the carjacking of a Baltimore County school teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School have been arrested.

The victimized school teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School suffered minor injuries when one of the four female juvenile carjackers approached her, asking her a question meant to distract her, then knocked the cell phone out of her hand and began punching her. The teacher attempted to defend herself, but fell to the ground, at which time the juvenile violently tore the purse away from the teacher. Another suspect picked up the teacher's cell phone, and then the suspects stole her car. Two of the suspects left the scene in the teacher's black Kia Sportage. The other two left in the vehicle they had arrived in, a silver Ford Fusion with a Virginia registration plate - which the teacher looked at as they fled and gave to responding officers.

Police determined that the Ford Fusion was reported stolen from Gardenville Elementary School in the 5300 block of Belair Road earlier that day. Two hours later the Ford Fusion was found by officers of the Baltimore City Police Eastern District parked on the lot of the Hope Academy at 1808 Edison Highway, 21213. Baltimore County detectives responded and quickly learned that two more vehicles had been stolen by the same four female suspects - a gray Dodge Journey and a gray Ford Fusion, both of which have since been recovered. Similar to events at Villa Cresta, the girls used a ruse to enter the school and get past the office, where they located purses, stealing them and the car keys to the vehicles they took.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Carjacking Team worked with members of the Baltimore City School Police and quickly identified the first two suspects, who were arrested and charged. Both admitted to their involvement in the Villa Cresta carjacking and other incidents in Baltimore City.

Baltimore County Police Safe Schools Liaison, Sergeant Watkins, worked with the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team and Baltimore City Police to alert all County and City schools of the incidents, asking all school personnel to remain vigilant. As a result, staff from Pleasant Plains Elementary School in the 8300 block of Pleasant Plains Road, 21286 in the Towson Precinct, advised that the same suspects were at that school the day after the Villa Cresta incident, attempting to gain access to the school by claiming they were there to visit a relative. They were asked to leave school property and were unable to commit any crime in that incident. 

Detectives have continued investigating leads on the identities of the last two suspects, resulting in the arrest of one yesterday, a 15-year-old charged as a juvenile, and the other today, expected to be charged as an adult. Both admitted their involvement in the Villa Cresta case and other incidents in Baltimore City.

​Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team have worked with Citywide Robbery during this investigation and together have linked the four suspects to additional street robberies and purse snatchings in Baltimore City.

The 2013 black Kia Sportage has a Maryland registration of 6AF5889 and remains outstanding.  

UPDATE (April 22, 2018 7:30 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Carjacking Unit have made two arrests in connection with the Friday carjacking of a pregnant teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary School. 

booking photo of carjacking suspect, Tyana HolmesTyana Keyshawn Holmes (16) of the 2400 block of East Federal Street, 21213 has been charged as an adult with Carjacking, Robbery, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A 14-year-old girl has also been charged as a juvenile and will remain unidentified.

Detectives from the Carjacking Unit continue to work to identify the other two girls involved. They are also still looking for the black Kia Sportage stolen from the teacher, who is in good condition.

Anyone who has information on the additional two suspects or the location of the stolen Kia is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Rewards are only offered when tips are submitted to Metro Crime Stoppers.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 

Original Post (April 20, 2018 4:30 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a carjacking at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville after four girls assaulted a teacher and stole her car.

The teacher, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, was not injured during the incident but did later respond to a local hospital to be checked by a doctor.

The four girls, believed to be in their teens, were buzzed into the school when they said they were there to inquire about registering a child. After speaking with the office staff, they left the school and were in the parking lot as the teacher was walking out of the school to her car, carrying her purse and cell phone in her hand. The girls approached the teacher and knocked the cell phone out of her hand. The teacher turned to run but fell, dropping her purse. The girls took the phone and the purse, containing the teacher's car keys. Two of the suspects left in the vehicle they'd driven there while the other two left in the teacher's black 2013 Kia Sportage.

The Baltimore County Police Carjacking Team responded to the school and are continuing the investigation into this incident.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017