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UPDATE (August 17, 2017 2:58 p.m.):

Police have made two arrests in connection with these crimes, but are withholding their names pending the conclusion of this investigation.

Both are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, Armed Robbery, and the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Additionally, the male suspect is also charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of 1st Degree Assault, Handgun on Person, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony for the armed robbery that occurred on July 15.

Original Release (August 17, 2017 9:38 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a street robbery and a shooting that both occurred at the intersection of Birch Avenue and Walnut Avenue in Dundalk. Investigators believe they are related, and have reason to believe there could be additional victims that have not reported the crimes to police.

Police were investigating an attempted robbery and shooting at that intersection on July 23 when they discovered that the suspect description matched that of a suspect in another robbery that happened at that same intersection eight days earlier.

On July 15, two Hispanic men were parked at that intersection around 3:15 a.m. citing car trouble. They reported they were approached from behind by a black male suspect who got into their vehicle, displayed a handgun, and ordered them to drive down an alley behind the 1900 block of Walnut Avenue, where he demanded their money and phones. When one of the victims refused, the suspect punched him in the face and struck the other in the face with the frame of the handgun. The victims and suspect all fled the scene.

The second case, believed to involve the same male suspect, occurred around 4:45 a.m. on July 23, at that same intersection. In this case, a Hispanic man met a white female at a nearby location, where they arranged to meet at the intersection of Birch Avenue and Walnut Avenue for a sexual encounter. Once at that intersection, the same black male suspect entered the victim’s vehicle, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his money. The victim fled the vehicle and was shot once in the upper body by the suspect.

Investigators believe that the criminal couple may be targeting Hispanic males by luring them to that area under the guise of performing sex acts, but then robbing them instead. Police are asking for any victims of similar crimes in that area to come forward and report the encounters by calling police at 410-887-2222.

These cases continue to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit and Dundalk Precinct Investigative Services Unit.

UPDATE (August 11, 2017 8:27 a.m.):

The driver of the truck involved in a single-vehicle crash in Dundalk early yesterday morning is identified as Elier Rocha Jaquez (27) of the 800 block of Shipfriend Road in Middle River.

The Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate the cause of this crash.

Original Release (August 10, 2017 12:07 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Crash Investigators continue to investigate a single-vehicle crash in Dundalk that left one person dead early this morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a Ford truck was traveling southbound on Dundalk Avenue around 4:08 a.m. when it struck a median curb near Sollers Point Road, overturned, and caught fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Baltimore County Police are reminding drivers to keep their vehicle doors locked and to never store their keys in the vehicle, including a spare key to another vehicle, while it's unattended. Doing so could lead to items being stolen from your vehicle or even your vehicle being stolen.

Don't provide an opportunity for a criminal. Many times all it takes is for a suspect to walk through a neighborhood and pull on your car handle to see if it's unlocked. If it is unlocked, your valuables are at risk to be stolen. A spare key stored in your vehicle could leave you with your car being stolen.

Leaving Your Car Running Unattended is Illegal

Leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Vehicles left running outside homes, in front of convenience stores and at gas pumps present an easy target for car thieves. Always take your keys with you and secure your vehicle, even for a short trip into the store.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

Penalties and Fines

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017