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Photos of Brandon Saunders, charged in Baltimore County and Baltimore City rape cases.Baltimore County Police have been extensively investigating a rape that occurred last year in the parking lot of Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Road, 21286. An arrest warrant was obtained exactly a year to the date of the offense. Brandon Saunders, 29 years old, from the 3900 block of Eierman Avenue, 21206 was arrested at his home without incident on July 29. He is charged with first degree rape and first degree assault. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail. Baltimore City police have an arrest warrant for Saunders based on a collaborative investigation for a rape that occurred in Baltimore City in October of 2019. Saunders has a $20,000 bail in the City case.

On July 28, 2019 the victim told police that she was in Baltimore City and needed a ride to a family member’s house after she had an argument with a friend. She had been waiting for a bus when the suspect made contact with her. He offered to take her where she needed to go. As they were in the car, she noticed the suspect was not going in the right direction. When the victim asked the suspect where they were going, he assaulted her inside the car. Suspect Saunders drove the victim to a secluded parking lot to the rear of Loch Raven High School where he brutally raped and attacked her. He constantly threatened to kill her and at times she lost consciousness during the attack. She was finally able to escape and ran towards Interstate 695 in hopes of flagging someone down since it was around 4:30 a.m. A passerby saw the victim walking along the shoulder of I-695 disheveled and bloodied from the attack and called 911.

Detectives Believe There May Be More Victims

During the investigation, many evidentiary techniques were used and information started to lead detectives to Suspect Saunders. Once they realized he lived in Baltimore City, the detectives reached out to the Baltimore City detectives and they started looking at similarities in other rape cases. A common thread linked suspect Saunders to another rape in Baltimore City.

Collage of stock photos and actual photo of vehicles used by Brandon Saunders in rape cases.The BCoPD is also releasing a photo and stock photos of the vehicles that Brandon Saunders operated. Descriptions of those vehicles are below.

  • 1999 Blue Mercury Grand Marquis (stock photo)
  • 2001 Silver Oldsmobile Alero (stock photo)
  • 2003 black Chevy Malibu (photo of his black Malibu has stock black rims; the stock photo of the second Malibu has aluminum rims)

Both Baltimore County and Baltimore City detectives believe there may be more victims and have released the booking photo along with the vehicles that belong to suspect Saunders. If you or anyone you know has more information on this case or others, you are asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Baltimore City detectives at 410-396-2076.

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

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip:

Mobile App: P3TIPS

Baltimore County Police have charged an 18-year-old student in the assault of a teacher in school yesterday morning.

Additional police were called to Loch Raven High School in Towson around 8:38 a.m. when teachers and the school resource officer struggled to restrain the student, identified as Geronimo Pacer Harding Jr of the 8600 block of Willow Oak Road, 21234, after he began punching a teacher in the face. Harding was speaking with the teacher, who was seated at his desk in his classroom, and became agitated. He then suddenly began punching the teacher in the face, knocking him onto the ground, where he continued to strike the teacher in the face and torso.

The teacher initially declined medical treatment but was later treated at an area hospital for serious facial wounds. Harding was taken into custody and initially transported to an area hospital, then later charged with the assault. He faces both First and Second Degree Assault and other school related charges. He is presently held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

booking photo of Geronimo Harding

UPDATE (February 16, 2018 11:04 a.m.):

The 14-year-old boy responsible for bringing a gun to Loch Raven High School yesterday, causing a school lockdown while police searched the building, has been charged as a juvenile with Disturbing Activities at School and Dangerous Weapon on School Property. His name will not be released due to being protected juvenile information.

Original Release (February 15, 2018 3:01 p.m.):

Loch Raven High School was put on lockdown status this morning while police investigated a report of a student possibly carrying a concealed handgun.

The School Resource Officer (SRO) was approached by another student who gave the name of the suspect and reported that he had a handgun concealed in his backpack. The SRO located and approached the suspect, who fled to another area of the school. The SRO quickly activated lockdown protocols and initiated a call for a possible subject with a gun around 11:47 a.m.

Tactical units responded to the school and began searching the building, locating and arresting the known 14-year-old suspect in a classroom, where they recovered the gun on his person. The lockdown was lifted at around 12:30 p.m.

The suspect now faces criminal charges. Students return to classes tomorrow as Loch Raven High School opens under normal operations.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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