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Keyword: shoplifting

UPDATE (February 21, 2019 3:45 p.m.): 

Baltimore County Police are releasing the names of the officers who fired their service weapons after being threatened by a suspect holding a machete inside the Aldi store located in the 8600-block of Liberty Road, 21133 on February 19, 2019.

Police Officer First Class Sands is a 2 ½ -year veteran of the Department and is assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. Police Officer First Class Waugh is a 3-year veteran of the Department and is also assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. Neither officer has been involved in any previous shooting incidents. The investigation is on-going at this time.

UPDATE (February 20, 2019 3:45 p.m.):

The suspect shot by police after advancing toward them with a machete has died. He is identified as Emanuel David Joshua Oates (24) with no fixed address.

Original Release (February 20, 2019 2:15 p.m.):

A man wielding a machete was critically injured in a police-involved shooting in Randallstown yesterday afternoon.

An on-duty Baltimore County Police Officer was investigating a vehicle collision on the parking lot near the Aldi grocery store at the Liberty Court Shopping Center in the 8600 block of Liberty Road, 21133 around 4:17 p.m. yesterday when she was approached by an employee of Dollar Tree. The employee pointed out a suspect that just committed a shoplifting at the store. The officer approached the suspect to investigate, but the suspect continued to walk away from her toward Old Court Road.

Once on Old Court Road, the officer made numerous attempts to stop and talk to the suspect but he refused to cooperate and continued to walk away down the middle of the road. Additional officers arrived and attempted to assist in stopping the suspect, who began to flee. One officer grabbed the suspect by the arm as he was fleeing, but the suspect pulled a machete out from under his jacket and swung the knife at that officer.

Officers pursued the suspect as he fled back to the shopping center and inside the Aldi store, occupied by employees and customers, wielding the machete. Officers maintained a safe distance from the suspect as they gave commands for him to drop the weapon. The suspect advanced toward the officers, causing them to back up into a wall near the entrance of the store. The officers continued to order the suspect to drop the weapon but he advanced toward them. Two officers fired their duty weapons at the suspect, who was struck at least once in the upper body.

The officers retrieved the machete and rendered aid to the suspect, who was critically injured during the incident and was transported to an area hospital.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit are continuing their investigation into this incident today, at the conclusion of which will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County. Body-worn camera video of the incident was captured and may be made available by the State's Attorney's Office at a later time. 

The release of the names of the officers involved in the shooting is forthcoming. Both officers are on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

WANTED: Brandon Gallen Floyd for robbery, assault and theft.

Brandon Floyd has been identified as the suspect in at least ten cases of robbery, theft, and assault across western Baltimore County, from Towson to Halethorpe, dating back to mid-May. He is also linked to additional cases in surrounding jurisdictions, as well as Pennsylvania. Floyd is last known to have struck in Baltimore County on Tuesday, June 26.

Brandon Floyd typically strikes convenience stores during the overnight hours, including Royal Farms and 7-Eleven, loitering around the store for a short time before approaching the counter and demanding cigarettes or simply walking behind the counter and taking them. He has also stolen merchandise during the afternoons from Walmart, Rite Aid, Game Stop and a liquor store.

Brandon Floyd is easily recognizable with a number of tattoos on his face, including a swirl between his eyebrows, two tear drops under his right eye, two vertical parallel lines above and below his right eye, and "Danielle" written in cursive on the right side of his neck.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit are asking for anyone with information on Brandon Floyd's whereabouts to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

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.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

2016 booking photo of Brandon Gallen Floyd

 

Detectives have been investigating a series of armed robberies committed by a suspect described as a female with teardrop tattoos on her face. Last Wednesday, around 6:30 p.m., detectives finally caught up with her, ending a robbery spree across central Baltimore County and parts of Baltimore City that began and ended at the CVS at 1000 Taylor Avenue.

Kennise Chantelle Burrell (30) of the 4800 block of Norwood Road, 21212 was caught and arrested as she hid behind a bus shelter after shoplifting at that CVS store which, ironically, is exactly where she began her robbery spree on March 25. With this arrest, Baltimore County Police have cleared this shoplifting case and four additional armed robbery cases, with Baltimore City Police clearing a number of armed robbery cases, as well.

Burrell was paying unknown individuals to drive her to the locations where she would commit the armed robberies by showing what appeared to be a handgun on her or in a bag she carried, demanding cash, then have the individual drop her off at another location. On Wednesday, April 25, she was confronted by an employee as she placed items into a bag she was carrying, then shoved the employee in order to flee the store. The driver became suspicious when the employee followed Burrell out of the store, arguing with her as she got back into the car. The driver drove Burrell across the street and made her get out of the vehicle, then called CVS and spoke with an officer that had just arrived on the scene. That is when responding patrol officers saw Burrell attempting to conceal herself behind the shelter at a nearby bus stop. She was immediately arrested without incident.

booking photo of armed robbery suspect, Kennise BurrellBurrell admitted to her involvement in her crimes, blaming a drug addiction for her actions. She remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center on armed robbery, assault, and theft charges.

Booking photo of Kennise Chantelle Burrell
 
 
Revised June 27, 2017