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Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting call involving a 15-year-old boy on Dogwood Drive last night after the boy later died from his injuries.

Police were called to the unit block of Dogwood Drive, 21220 around 6:48 p.m. for a call of a subject with a gunshot wound. Police and EMS began life-saving procedures after finding the boy in the rear yard of the home in cardiac arrest, and continued life-saving procedures while he was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

This incident is currently being investigated as an accidental injury death. Initial information indicates that the teen was struck in the chest by a round or fragment of a round from a pellet rifle as he and a friend were shooting targets in the yard. The case will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review following the conclusion of the investigation and determination of cause and manner of death by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for thousands of dollars in damage to residents' doors and windows last weekend.

Between Friday night, February 24 and Sunday morning, February 26, the Essex precinct received 26 reports of property damage in the form of vehicle windows, storm doors, sliding glass doors, and a few business' front windows being shot out by someone with a pellet gun. The Dundalk precinct experienced a similar situation, with 34 calls for broken car windows, storm doors, and even the front window of a McDonald's on North Point Boulevard, also attributed to the use of a pellet gun.

The suspect(s) struck mostly during the overnight hours on Friday and Saturday night. Police warn residents this weekend to stay alert and report any suspicious vehicles or persons they see immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

Anyone who may have information regarding any of these crimes is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at www.metrocrimestoppers.org. 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, text message, or online.

The Investigative Service Units at Precincts 11 and 12 continue to investigate these crimes.

A good Samaritan stopped and held a suspect who was fleeing from a robbery yesterday afternoon in Halethorpe.

Police arrived on the scene to find the man kneeling on the suspected robber about a block from where the robbery occurred.

The initial call to police came at 4:14 p.m. from a security company when an employee pushed a holdup alarm button during the robbery.  The suspect entered Baltimore Highlands Pharmacy in the 4100 block of Annapolis Road, pointed a gun at an employee and demanded pills and pharmaceuticals that are kept in a locked area. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Robert James Richter of the 5400 block of East Drive in Halethorpe, then fled the location on foot. During the robbery another employee was having a telephone conversation with the man who would eventually subdue the suspect. When the employee told him they were being robbed he immediately responded from a nearby location. When he arrived, the employees pointed out the suspect, who had stopped a short distance from the pharmacy. The man gave chase and, after a brief altercation with Richter, subdued him and held him until police arrived and took Richter into custody.

Police recovered the gun which was then determined to be a pellet gun.

Richter is charged with armed robbery, first degree assault, and grand theft. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017