Just before 5:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 400-block of Westfield Road, 21222 for a disturbance. Officers learned that a man, later identified as Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn, 24, of the 5100-block of Wright Avenue, 21205, walked into the backyard of the Westfield Road residence and started yelling for the homeowner. Bernadyn threatened the homeowner and then began destroying property inside the yard. The suspect threw a fire pit through a kitchen window, stuck his head through the broken window, and yelled into the house that he was going to hurt the homeowner.

Bernadyn left the immediate vicinity before police arrived at the location. While the officers were conducting their investigation, the suspect’s 2012 Chevrolet Colorado was observed turning onto Westfield Road from Plainfield Road. Three officers were standing by their cars on Westfield Road. The officers realized that the suspect was steadily accelerating his truck in their direction. The officers had to run away from beside their cars to avoid being struck by the suspect. The suspect did hit one of the police cars, forcing a second collision into another police car. The suspect continue to drive his vehicle and struck another four parked cars on Westfield Road.

None of the police officers were injured during the incident. The first police car had to be towed from the scene. The suspect attempted to flee in his vehicle but was taken into custody by the officers after his truck could no longer move. Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn has been charged with burglary, three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of malicious destruction of property, and three counts of reckless endangerment. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.