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Keyword: road rage

Just before 6:30 p.m. on March 17, 2019, Baltimore County Police received a call for an assault that occurred on Interstate 695 near the Liberty Road exit. The subsequent investigation revealed that a man and woman were traveling on the outer loop of I-695 when the male victim driving the car, changed lanes. After changing lanes, a suspect driving a Volkswagen Jetta, came beside the victims’ car. As the incident continued, the suspect inside the Jetta pointed a handgun at the man and woman.

The victims were able to provide identifying information about the suspect. Baltimore County detectives continued their investigation and identified the suspect as Zachary Tyler Bowen, 28, of the 300-block of Leyton Road, 21136. Bowen was located at his residence and placed under arrest. Police learned that Bowen is a Trooper with the Maryland State Police.

Bowen has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime.

The suspect in a deliberate hit-and-run crash in Lochearn yesterday morning has been arrested and charged with assault and other related criminal and vehicular charges.

William Eugene Brown Jr. (24) of the 1000 block of Craftswood Road, 21228, was arrested at his home around 11 a.m. yesterday following multiple calls to 9-1-1 regarding a crash at Patterson and Wildwood Avenue at about 7:50 a.m. indicating that the drivers of the vehicles were fighting. The driver of the suspect vehicle, Brown, fled the scene before police arrived.

The investigation revealed that Brown, driving a blue 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, was following the victim eastbound on Wildwood Avenue. When the victim's vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, stopped at the intersection at Patterson Avenue the suspect rear-ended the victim's Impala, pushing the Impala into the intersection where it was struck again on the passenger side by a Dodge Challenger. The Impala was pushed across the intersection where it struck the front of a brick home. Brown responded in his vehicle to the crash site and began a verbal confrontation with the driver of the Impala, then attempted to physically fight with both the driver and another adult passenger before getting back into his Cavalier and attempting to strike the other driver with his vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Three occupants of the Impala, including the adult driver, an adult male passenger, and a toddler were transported to an area hospital with suspected minor injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured and did remain at the scene.

Police indicated that there were conflicting accounts given by both drivers of what precipitated the initial crash on Wildwood Avenue.

Brown is currently held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

UPDATE (October 2, 2018 8:20 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit were able to speak today with the victim of the shooting on I-695, who provided updated information on the occupants of the dark colored Nissan sedan.

The victim advised that the driver was actually the black male subject and that the front passenger was a white woman wearing a yellow shirt.

Police continue to ask that any potential witnesses come forward with any information they may have. If you were on I-695 eastbound/inner loop around noon and recall seeing a white van or a dark colored Nissan driving aggressively in the Towson or Parkville area, please contact police by calling 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (September 30, 2018 1:05 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police continues to seek information regarding the suspect who shot a 58-year-old woman in a road rage incident on the Baltimore Beltway just after noon yesterday.

The woman had just merged onto the inner loop from Harford Road in front of the suspect, who was driving a dark colored Nissan with dark window tint at a high rate of speed in the right lane. The driver of the Nissan moved into the center lane and slowed down abruptly in front of a white work van. As the woman drove past the Nissan in the right lane a single gunshot was heard. The woman stopped her vehicle, a gray Subaru Outback, on the shoulder of I-695 after realizing she had been struck by the gunfire and waited for first responders to arrive. She remains hospitalized with a life-threatening wound to the upper body and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Detectives are now turning their attention to locating any witnesses that can provide additional information on this incident.

The incident occurred on the eastbound/inner loop of I-695 approaching Harford Road in the Parkville area. It is possible that the road rage incident between the Nissan and the white work van could have occurred on eastbound I-695 prior to entering the Parkville area. Following the shooting the white work van continued traveling eastbound on I-695 but the Nissan is believed to have exited I-695 at Route 43/White Marsh Boulevard.

Detectives are also asking for help with identifying the driver of the white work van, who may have been the first victim of the road rage. The van is described as being a full sized work-type van with no rear windows and no company markings or logos. This driver is sought only as a witness to the events who may have critical information regarding the suspect vehicle.

Again, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2002-2006 model Nissan with dark tinted rear windows. The front windows were rolled down so it is unclear if those are dark tinted, as well. The Nissan has been described as dark colored, possibly black or gray. It has also been described as possibly a Nissan Maxima or a Nissan Altima. There was a young looking black male passenger in the Nissan, but no description of the driver.

Everyone who was driving eastbound on I-695 in the Towson/Parkville/White Marsh area who may have seen a white work van or dark colored Nissan sedan driving erratically is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Anyone who may have additional information on this case is also asked to contact police. Callers may remain anonymous.

Original Release (September 30, 2018 2:57 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking your help in locating the suspect in reference to a shooting that occurred just hours ago.

The preliminary investigation indicates that just after noon, on the beltway, two vehicles became involved in a road rage incident. The two involved vehicles were described as a white van and a black Nissan sedan, possibly an Altima or a Maxima manufactured in the early 2000’s. As the dispute was continuing between the occupants of those two vehicles, a third vehicle attempted to pass them. At that time the suspect fired a shot in the direction of the third vehicle, striking the driver. This incident is believed to have occurred on the inner loop of I-695 at the Harford Road exit (Exit 31/MD 147).

The victim, a 58-year-old woman, was immediately treated and transported to a local hospital where she remains in serious condition. 

The suspect in this shooting is believed to have been operating the black Nissan sedan. 

Police are seeking your assistance in locating witnesses to this incident. If you have any information that may assist investigators, call police immediately at 410-307-2020 or dial 9-1-1.

Traffic in this area may be disrupted throughout the afternoon, as detectives of the Baltimore County Police Department​ Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate.

Revised June 27, 2017