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Baltimore County Police have arrested two adult suspects in the shooting of an 18-year-old man in Parkville last month.

Officers were called to the 8900 block of Old Harford Road, 21234 for a call of a shooting around 10:31 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Arriving officers were advised that an 18-year-old man had been shot and driven to an area hospital by family members. Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit responded to the hospital and began their investigation.

Detectives determined that the victim was involved in a confrontation with a group of male subjects approximately an hour before the shooting at a gas station on Joppa Road. Among those subjects were Chimel Witherspoon and Demonte Poole, who would approach the victim on Old Harford Road an hour later. Witherspoon fired a handgun at the victim, striking him once in the upper body. 

Chimel Mequon Witherspoon (19) of the 1300 block of Dalton Road, 21234 was arrested May 22. He remains held without bail on the following charges: 

  • Attempted first degree murder
  • Attempted second degree murder
  • First degree assault
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/crime of violence
  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm with a felony conviction
  • Possession of a firearm by a minor

Demonte Derrick Poole (20) of the 3300 block of Dudley Avenue, 21231 was arrested on May 21 and also remains held without bail on the following charges:

  • Attempted first degree murder
  • Attempted second degree murder
  • First degree assault
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a crime

Three juveniles have also since been charged in connection with this crime. Their identities will not be released.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is investigating a fatal crash that happened earlier this morning when a single vehicle struck a tree on Joppa Road near Silver Spring Road.

Police were dispatched to the scene around 11:34 a.m where they found the driver of a 2014 Kia Sedona minivan in cardiac arrest still seated in the driver's seat. The victim, identified as Kevin Spaugh (51) of the unit block of Bernadotte Court, 21234 was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

The initial investigation reveals that the Kia was traveling westbound on East Joppa Road approaching the intersection of Silver Spring Road when it suddenly crossed the eastbound travel lanes and struck a large tree. 

The Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate to determine the factors that instigated this fatal crash.

Original release (December 29, 2016  10:20 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a December 18 burglary at the Poplar Jewelry store in the 1700 block of East Joppa Road 21234.

Officers responded to the business just before 4:30 a.m. on December 18 for a burglar alarm. When officers arrived, they found that one of the windows had been broken out as well as the glass on several cases inside the store.

Investigation indicated that the suspect gained entry to Poplar Jewelry by breaking out a window with a hammer. He then used the hammer to break the glass on several display cases. The suspect took jewelry before leaving the store.

Images of the suspect were captured on video surveillance.

The incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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.


Revised June 27, 2017