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UPDATE (July 13, 2018 11:45 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged Tavon Malik Edwards (19) of the 3100 block of Bancroft Road, 21215 with First Degree Murder in the death of Howard Blevins, found laying on the sidewalk on Sandy Stone Road in Essex just after midnight on June 2.

Blevins was suffering from obvious trauma to the upper portion of his body and was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Chief Office of the Medical Examiner determined cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound following an autopsy.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that Edwards and Blevins were known associates dealing in illicit narcotics. Edwards approached Blevins that night and shot him to death following their interaction. He then fled the scene in a vehicle parked nearby.

Edwards is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following an initial bail hearing earlier today.

Original Release (June 2, 2018 8:46 p.m.):

Police have identified a 50-year-old man found dead on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Essex just after midnight.

Police were called to the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road when a neighbor saw the man laying on the sidewalk and called 9-1-1. The man is identified as Howard Vermont Blevins of the 1100 block of Sandy Stone Road, 21221. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:26 a.m. He was determined to have evidence of trauma to the upper body. Cause and manner of death are pending results of an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation into this incident and is asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything around midnight 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 Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, may offer a reward for information in connection with felony offenses when tips are received through their website or phone line. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Police continue to investigate an early morning July 4th shooting in Woodlawn.

Officers were called to Northwest Hospital just after midnight for a walk-in gunshot wound victim. The man, 27, reported he was walking around the property of Edmondson Heights Elementary School in the 1600 block of Langford Road with his girlfriend when they heard what sounded like fireworks. A few minutes later they heard more "pop" sounds and the victim realized he'd been struck in the upper body by a bullet. He is expected to survive his injury.

Anyone with information regarding gunfire in the area of Edmondson Heights Elementary School on July 3 or early July 4 is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation into this shooting.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit continue to investigate an incident involving a violent car-jacking in the 7800 block of Peninsula Expressway just before midnight on Saturday.

The victim, a 42-year-old man, was driving home when he began experiencing car trouble and pulled to the side of the roadway. While checking to see what the trouble was, a vehicle with the two suspects stopped. The suspects approached him and while one pointed a handgun at him the other took his cell phone and wallet. The victim attempted to flee and was shot by the suspect once in a lower extremity. The victim continued to flee and managed to flag down another motorist who called 9-1-1.

One of the suspects fled in the vehicle they arrived in while the other stole the victim's vehicle, which was later located just inside Baltimore City.

Anyone with information on the suspects involved in this violent crime is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Revised June 27, 2017