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BCoFD hazardous materials units and EMS personnel this afternoon responded to three northwest area synagogues that received suspicious packages.

Fire, hazmat and EMS units were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. to the 8100 block of Park Heights Ave., 21208, where two adults working in the offices at the Beth El Congregation opened an envelope and immediately complained that they felt ill. EMS crews evaluated them and found mild symptoms including nausea. The two patients were treated at the scene and refused transport.

Hazmat units used meters designed to detect dangerous gases and chemical to determine if there was any danger to the building. Nothing significant was found. 

A second incident involving a suspicious package was dispatched at 2:45 p.m. to the 4300 block of Crest Heights Rd., 21215. The location is Beth Isaac Adath Israel.

Again, hazmat crews, using their meters, found no dangerous substances or chemicals. No injuries were reported, and units cleared the scene at 3:29 p.m.

The third incident involving a suspicious package was reported at 4:25 p.m. at Har Sinai Congregation, 2900 block Walnut Ave., 21117. No injuries were reported, and hazmat crews found nothing unusual.


 

Update 1/27/18 3:45 p.m.

On January 26, 2018, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim and determined that the cause of death was blunt force injuries and the manner of death was a homicide.

Police continued to search for the victim’s son, Darrin McCullers, 45, of the 200-block of Walnut Avenue, 21222. On the same date, officers received information that he was getting onto a bus in the area of Dunmanway in Dundalk. McCullers was located and taken into custody on the bus. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. 

 

Original Release: 1/26/18 3:29 p.m.

Photo of Darrin Michael McCullers.

On January 24, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 200 block of Walnut Avenue, 21222 for two missing persons. Officers were told that Gwendolyn Blondell McCullers, 70, had not been in contact with her family for several days. McCullers lived at the Walnut Avenue residence along with her son, who also could not be located by their family members.

Police were called back to the house the following day. Gwendolyn McCullers’ body was discovered concealed inside the house. The victim was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel on January 25 just before 5 p.m. She is believed to have suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled McCullers’ death as a homicide.

Police are searching for the victim’s son and concerned for his welfare. Darrin Michael McCullers is described as a black male, 44, 6’07”, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of Darrin McCullers, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017