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Update: 2/1/18 2:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified additional suspects who have been charged for their involvement in the January 18th fight in the parking lot of Perry Hall High School. K-Jahnie Peets, 22, and K-Lan Peets, 18, both of the 8700-block of Blairwood Road, 21236, have been charged on criminal summonses. K-Jahnie Peets has been charged with second degree assault and disrupting school activities. K-Lan Peets has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault and disrupting school activities.  

Police from the White Marsh Precinct have also charged two juveniles with assault, after the boys were identified during the investigation.

Photographs of the charged adults are not available since they were charged on criminal summonses. 


Update: 1/20/18 1:30 p.m.

A suspect, involved in a fight at Perry Hall High School this week, is now in custody following a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Public Schools.

On January 18, 2018, just after 11 a.m., Baltimore County Police were dispatched to a fight on the parking lot of Perry Hall High School. Although police and school administrators did not initially locate a fight, surveillance footage was immediately reviewed and an incident was observed on that footage that had occurred on the outskirts of the parking lot. Later in the day, police and school officials were also made aware of the existence of a photograph from the scene of that incident, that appeared to depict a male holding what resembled a firearm.

Throughout the extensive investigation that followed, police and school staff were able to determine that a physical fight had, in fact, taken place and that a male subject had retrieved what appeared to be a long gun from a vehicle parked near the scene of the incident. That male had then walked towards the scene of the fight that was taking place while holding the weapon.

 Detectives were able to quickly identify and arrest the man who was seen in possession of that weapon, and he is now identified as Darren Keith Bennett Jr. (18) of the 3900 block of Mewswood Lane, Nottingham, MD 21236. At the time of his arrest, police recovered and seized an Airsoft weapon, belonging to Bennett, that matched the weapon observed in the photograph originally given to police. Darren Keith Bennett Jr. is charged with possessing a weapon on school property, disturbing school operations, and disturbing the peace. Darren Bennett is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center and was denied bail.

 Police are not searching for any additional suspects at this time. The remaining involved individuals have also been identified and criminal charges are pending.​


Original Release: 1/19/18 7:00 p.m.

After  a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Police Department and school officials, Police have made  an arrest in reference to the Perry Hall High School incident that occurred on 1/18/18 and verified the weapon depicted on social media was an Airsoft pistol.

An 18 year old male was taken into police custody this evening and is awaiting charges. The Airsoft weapon was recovered and seized by police during the arrest of the man.

Police are not searching for any additional suspects at this time. The remaining involved individuals have also been identified and criminal charges are pending.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.​

UPDATE (February 24, 2017 9:15 a.m.):

Booking photo of Christopher Engles, who brought a gun to Perry Hall High School.The student who brought a gun into Perry Hall High School yesterday is identified as 17-year-old Christopher James Engles of the unit block of Bellhurst Way, 21234. He is currently being held at BCDC on a no bail status.

He is charged as an adult with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Minor
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Property
  • Carry/Conceal a Dangerous Weapon
  • Wear/Carry a Handgun on his Person

Original Release (February 23, 2017 4:42 p.m.):

A student is being charged after bringing a firearm to school today.

The School Resource Officer at Perry Hall High School was notified after one student was seen showing off a gun to other students in the hallway. He did not threaten or point the gun at anyone. Police believe the student did not have any intent to harm anyone with the firearm.

The officer located the student, who was cooperative, and recovered the gun. The student was taken into and remains in police custody pending formal charges.

This incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 9 Outreach Unit.

Revised June 27, 2017