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On April 25, 2018 just before 6:00 p.m., Baltimore County Police received a call for a check on a person located in the 10600-block of Davis Avenue, 21163. When officers arrived, they found a 28-year-old woman deceased inside the residence. The victim suffered from at least one gunshot wound.

Working in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, officers learned that Anne Arundel County Police were called to Arundel Mills Shopping Center when a man dropped off three small children and left them with citizens inside a restaurant at the Center. The concerned citizens called police and officers quickly determined that the man’s wife may be in danger and notified Baltimore County Police. Afterwards, Anne Arundel Police located the man inside his truck suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, parked in the 7600-block of Sandy Farm Road in Severn. Police preliminarily believe that the man killed his wife, left the children inside the restaurant, and then killed himself inside his truck. Details cannot be confirmed until completion of both the autopsy and the follow-up investigation.

The victim has been identified as Amber Lynne Cox, 28, of the 10600-block of Davis Avenue, 21163. The suspect has been identified as Harry Anthony Rey, 35, of the same address. 

The three children, ages 7 (twins) and 6, were not injured and released to the custody of family members. 

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the double homicide of Stanley Brunson Jr. and Shameek Joyner in a Towson apartment last week.

Officers were called to the apartment in the unit block of Lambourne Road around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, when a maintenance worker entered the apartment and discovered the bodies of the two men.

Detectives determined that the two victims went to the apartment to meet with the two suspects after a resident of the apartment facilitated the meet for a narcotics related transaction. It is still unknown what precipitated the murders, but both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Brunson also suffered additional traumatic injuries to his upper body.

Police obtained warrants for the two suspects on Sunday, April 15, and located them yesterday afternoon. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle they were known to be traveling in on southbound I-83 around 3 p.m. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects, who are brothers, are identified as Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr. (29) and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson (21), both of the unit block of Paula Place in Rossville, 21237. Both are charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder and held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Booking photo of Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr.                                  Booking photo of Nyghee Nicholas Johnson

The Investigation

Dwight Dakarai Jones (42) of the 900 block of Elton Avenue, 21222 has also been arrested and charged with a myriad of drug and weapons violations, including firearms and drug trafficking crimes, in connection with this homicide investigation. Detectives learned that Jones was an associate of the Johnson brothers and conducted a search warrant at his home on Elton Avenue for evidence in the homicides. Detectives discovered a number of guns, illegally possessed by Jones, who is restricted from gun ownership due to a previous felony conviction, and confiscated over 100 pounds of marijuana. No evidence from the homicide was located during the search - police do not believe that any of the guns confiscated from Jones is a murder weapon used in the homicide, but will undergo forensics testing to determine if they were used in any crimes. Jones continues to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

While police have charged two suspects in connection with the homicides, the overall investigation into the circumstances surrounding the homicides continues.

Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

UPDATE to Original Release (April 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police identified the victims from the April 9th homicides. Stanley B. Brunson, Jr., 29, of the 1500-block of E. Northern Parkway, 21239 and Shameek Davone Joyner, 28, of the 5300-block of Leith Road, 21239, both suffered trauma to their upper-bodies. 

Homicide detectives continue to investigate the murders. If anyone has information about this incident, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020 or call Metro Crime Stoppers. 

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Police Continue Death Investigation of Two Men Inside Towson Apartment

Original Release (April 10, 2018 5:30 p.m.):

Just before 9:30 a.m. on April 9, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to the unit-block of Lambourne Road, 21204 for a double homicide. A maintenance worker called police when he attempted to perform routine work inside a 5th floor apartment and found the two victims inside. Both men suffered from multiple trauma and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives identified the victims but police cannot release their names until notification of next of kin.

Investigators believe that the victims were targeted and there is not a threat to the general public. Detectives are actively investigating the murders and will release more information as it becomes available.

Update 1/27/18 3:45 p.m.

On January 26, 2018, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim and determined that the cause of death was blunt force injuries and the manner of death was a homicide.

Police continued to search for the victim’s son, Darrin McCullers, 45, of the 200-block of Walnut Avenue, 21222. On the same date, officers received information that he was getting onto a bus in the area of Dunmanway in Dundalk. McCullers was located and taken into custody on the bus. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. 


Original Release: 1/26/18 3:29 p.m.

Photo of Darrin Michael McCullers.

On January 24, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 200 block of Walnut Avenue, 21222 for two missing persons. Officers were told that Gwendolyn Blondell McCullers, 70, had not been in contact with her family for several days. McCullers lived at the Walnut Avenue residence along with her son, who also could not be located by their family members.

Police were called back to the house the following day. Gwendolyn McCullers’ body was discovered concealed inside the house. The victim was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel on January 25 just before 5 p.m. She is believed to have suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled McCullers’ death as a homicide.

Police are searching for the victim’s son and concerned for his welfare. Darrin Michael McCullers is described as a black male, 44, 6’07”, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of Darrin McCullers, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Revised June 27, 2017