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UPDATE (June 2, 2020 4:15 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in the shooting death of a man on Stillmeadow Road last night.

Booking photo for Sahmir Pasha Tahlib SmokesSahmir Pasha Tahlib Smokes (20) of the unit block of Bernadotte Court, 21234, is charged with first degree murder and held on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

The investigation determined that Smokes and the victim, identified as 20-year-old Nygel Allen-Lee Simmons, were known to each other and had an ongoing dispute. Simmons was parked on Stillmeadow Road around 6:30 p.m. when Smokes walked up to the car and shot Simmons. Smokes fled the scene but was seen leaving the area in a vehicle parked nearby on Arwell Court. Officers quickly located the suspect vehicle and stopped it at South and Baltimore Street in Baltimore City. Smokes, the passenger, was arrested along with the driver, who was later released without charge after detectives determined the driver had no knowledge of the crime. 

Original Release (June 1, 2020 9:25 p.m.):

Shooting on Stillmeadow Road Leaves Man Dead

Baltimore County Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting in the Parkville Precinct this evening.

Police responded to Stillmeadow Road near Dunfield Road, 21236 at 6:30 p.m. for a shooting. On arrival they discovered an adult man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body and began life-saving procedures, but the man was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Detectives believe this was a targeted shooting and there is no further danger to the general public. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact Homicide detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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 $2000 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: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

Update (August 22, 2019):

Police Release Additional Details on Glen Arm Double Shooting

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the August 18th shooting that occurred in the unit-block of Running Fox Road, 21057. Detectives have learned that a teenager rented the house for a party, but was later told that the party is not allowed to be held at the residence. Numerous unknown subjects arrived at the location. As everyone was leaving the location, an altercation occurred between several people which escalated into the shooting. Both victims continue to receive medical treatment at this time.

Police are seeking to identify numerous witnesses to this shooting. If you have any information you can contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or go online to metrocrimestoppers.org and you may be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.00.

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.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Original Release (August 19, 2019):

Just before 1:00 a.m. on August 18, 2019, Baltimore County Police responded to the unit-block of Running Fox Road, 21057 for a shooting. When police arrived they found two victims, a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male, both suffering from trauma to the body. The victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The victims are expected to survive their injuries.

Detectives from the Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit are conducting their investigation at this time and believe that this is an isolated incident.

If anyone has information about this case, please call 9-1-1.

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.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Shed and garage burglaries and what to do to prevent them

There has been an uptick in shed burglaries in the last month. It is happening in three precincts in particular: Precincts 6/Towson, 8/Parkville and 9/White Marsh. The burglaries have occurred mostly in the afternoon and overnight hours, particularly in the Overlea area.

Baltimore County police advise residents and business owners to make sure sheds have sturdy doors and windows, and to use locks, even when residents are home. Sounds simple, but doors and windows are often forgotten about if we are home and make for easy targets of quick burglars taking what they can easily carry or conceal.

Burglars know which locks work, and which ones don't work. One burglar told officers that hidden shackle locks are very effective at keeping unwanted criminals out. Shackle locks are often used on tractor trailer doors but they can be used on sheds and other structures easily accessed from outside.

They work well because there is no real easy or practical way to cut the lock off with a bolt cutter. Prying them out of a door is time consuming and loud. The core of the lock is set into the lock. Time is the enemy of a burglar.

Another effective lock is the disc brake lock. You often see them attached to ATVs and dirt bikes to thwart theft.

The lock attaches to a wheel on the bike or All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). For those who want added security, there are disc brake locks that have a built-in motion detector alarm. These locks can be purchased on-line, at motorcycle shops, and some home improvement stores. Some stores will even special order these locks.

The locks are inexpensive yet highly effective. The shackle lock starts at $10 and the disc brake lock starts at $15.

Lights are another effective tool

Lights are kryptonite to burglars. The same burglar who talked about locks also told officers that lighting deters theft. They like to work in the dark.

Got a Bike, Lawn Mower and Other Equipment?

Engrave it, Lock it or Lose It

Burglars like to steal things they can sell. In the spring the hot items are lawn equipment, bikes and ATVs.

Here are some suggestions to help keep your property safe:

  • Keep a journal listing the make, model and serial numbers of your bicycle, mower, and other outside equipment. Also take pictures of your property. It will help you when working with police and your insurance company.
  • Engrave your valuables. This is a simple and fast way to mark what is yours when you have to claim your property. Officers suggest using your license number or Maryland ID card. Never use a Social Security number as an ID marker.
  • When storing a bike or ATV in your garage or shed, use one of the locks mentioned earlier. If that doesn’t work, attach them to an inside pole or heavy equipment stored inside. This will make the thief think twice before stealing your property.

For more information and crime prevention tips follow us at: bcopd@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017