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Just before 10:30 a.m. on August 20, 2019, Baltimore County Police responded to East Joppa Road near Edgeclift Road, 21286 for a single vehicle crash. It was determined that a 2010 Nissan Altima was traveling east on Joppa Road when it left the roadway and struck a pole.

The driver, the only occupant inside the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The driver was identified as Barry Martin Beynon, 74, of the 5000-block of Willow Branch Way, 21117. Crash team officers are continuing their investigation at this time.

UPDATE (July 19, 2019 10:30 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged the suspect responsible for the July 18th homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard. 

Deonte James Griffin, 26, of the 3700-block of Eastman Road, 21133 has been charged with first degree murder, first degree assault, and use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, pending a bail review hearing today at 1:00 p.m.



UPDATE (July 18, 2019 4:18 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a man at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard early this morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, identified as Jeremiah David Koch (30) from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, was summoned to a room at the Comfort Inn by a third man to help calm the suspect, who was in an agitated state. The suspect, who is not yet being identified pending formal charges, produced a handgun. The third man ran from the room, calling 9-1-1 and reporting hearing shots fired.

When officers arrived they found the victim deceased in the room, suffering from trauma to the upper body, presumably a gunshot wound. Detectives are still awaiting results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm the cause and manner of death.

The suspect initially fled the scene but was later located in the area and taken into custody. The identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow following formal charging.

Original Release (July 18, 2019 1:25 p.m.):

Police remain on the scene of what is being investigated as a homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Officers were dispatched to the hotel at 8801 Loch Raven Boulevard around 2:26 a.m. for a call of a man with a gun. When officers arrived they were directed to a room inside the hotel where they discovered an adult man with trauma to the upper body. The man, who has not yet been positively identified, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Homicide Unit will continue the investigation into this death. Additional details will be released as they are made available. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

The Baltimore County Police Department will partner with Towson University this weekend to ensure a safe and successful Tigerfest.

Special enforcement patrols will be visible April 12 through April 14 in the Donnybrook, Knollwood, Cardiff Hall, Berkshire, The Colony and Kenilworth Avenue apartment areas. Added patrols will be in the Donnybrook area at bar closing time to ensure a smooth transition of pedestrian traffic and minimal impact on the citizens of the Towson community. Towson University will supply additional supplemental funds to assist the Police Department in providing extra police coverage.

The Towson Precinct will have officers stationed throughout the weekend, with fully staffed support units assisting officers with the festival.

Student and Resident Safety a Priority

Officers will patrol affected neighborhoods to address any disorderly and illegal behavior.

Baltimore County Police remind everyone to drink responsibly, make good choices regarding personal safety and respect neighbors who are not participating in the festivities.

Revised June 27, 2017