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Just before 6:30 p.m. on March 17, 2019, Baltimore County Police received a call for an assault that occurred on Interstate 695 near the Liberty Road exit. The subsequent investigation revealed that a man and woman were traveling on the outer loop of I-695 when the male victim driving the car, changed lanes. After changing lanes, a suspect driving a Volkswagen Jetta, came beside the victims’ car. As the incident continued, the suspect inside the Jetta pointed a handgun at the man and woman.

The victims were able to provide identifying information about the suspect. Baltimore County detectives continued their investigation and identified the suspect as Zachary Tyler Bowen, 28, of the 300-block of Leyton Road, 21136. Bowen was located at his residence and placed under arrest. Police learned that Bowen is a Trooper with the Maryland State Police.

Bowen has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime.

Update, April 3:

A second victim, 97-year-old Sixta Rodriguez Pineiro, has died of injuries sustained in the March 28 fire that also claimed the life of her grandson. Pineiro lived at the home where the fire occurred in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227.

She died April 1 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Original release:

A 51-year-old man was killed and his 97-year-old grandmother critically injured in a house fire just after midnight in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227. Two other adult familiy members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Michael Wayne Johnson, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, was trapped on the second floor and pronounced dead at the scene.

BCoFD crews were dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire with people trapped at 12:10 a.m. The first arriving engine company from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Dept.  was on scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story, single-family home.  Three members of the extended family (Johnson, his mother and the 97-year-old grandmother) were at home when the fire started; a fourth, Johnson's sister, arrived home just before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

A Baltimore County Police officer from the Wilkens precinct and a Maryland State Police trooper --among the first on the scene -- assisted with the rescue of the grandmother. Johnson's sister had just arrived home when she saw the house on fire, with flames at the front door. After trying to alert her brother, she ran to her grandmother's exterior bedroom window and tried to reach her through the window. The BCoPD officer and MSP trooper immediately helped her with the rescue by pulling the older woman through the exterior bedroom window. CPR was administered, and the woman was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. 

The mother and sister were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

The home suffered extensive damage. Fire investigators from Baltimore County Police are investigating the cause; a preliminary cause has not been determined at this time. Investigators say there is no evidence so far to suggest a crime. 

Fire commanders placed the fire under control at 2:21 a.m.

Twenty-seven Fire and EMS units responded to this scene.



A joint investigation by Baltimore County Police Department's Organized Retail Crimes Team, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police has resulted in the arrest of an Owings Mills man who was purchasing stolen goods at a Gwynn Oak pawn shop.

The investigation originated several months ago with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, concerned about a connection between crime in Carroll County and the Gold Trading Center in the 7100 block of Liberty Road, 21207.

On April 11, law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant on Gold Trading Center. Zakhar Trutsi, identified as the store owner, was arrested at the store and charged with three theft-related crimes.

Trutsi, 62, of the 100 block of Plantation Way, 21117, is free on $25,000 bail.

Revised June 27, 2017