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Just after 12:30 p.m. on September 16, Baltimore County Police responded to Eastern Avenue and 48th Street, 21224 for a call of a motor vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Baltimore County School bus made a left turn from westbound Eastern Avenue onto 48th Street, headed to deliver meals to a school. A Honda motorcycle was traveling east on Eastern Avenue and struck the rear corner of the bus.

The rider of the motorcycle, identified as Frank Schmidt Jr. (71) of the 2100 block of Sunnythorn Road, 21220, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and three adult passengers on the bus were not injured.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team is continuing their investigation. If anyone has information about the crash they are asked to call 410-307-2020.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting in Lansdowne last night that left two people injured.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on September 1, police responded to the Lansdowne Shopping Center in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road, 21227 for a call of a shooting. Responding officers located a victim, an adult female, who was shot in the upper body. She was transported to a local hospital and is in serious condition.

Shortly afterward, officers were notified of a second victim, a teenage male, who walked into a local hospital suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body. He has since been treated and released from the hospital.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were talking to each other on the parking lot when two suspects approached and shot them. Both suspects fled. Detectives believe this was a targeted shooting and are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to call 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges 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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

UPDATE (August 24, 2020 3:26 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police is releasing the booking photo of a suspect arrested in Towson early Saturday morning after sexually assaulting a woman in the hopes that other possible victims may come forward.

Booking photo of Jarvis Levy BensonJarvis Levy Benson (32) was arrested by responding officers just after 2 a.m. when he was identified as the suspect who followed a woman into an alley as she was walking to her car, grabbed her, and raped her. Benson remains held without bond following a bail review hearing this afternoon.

Police hope that anyone who may recognize Benson as a suspect in any other incident, or who has information on his involvement with any other incident, will contact detectives in the Special Victims Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges 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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

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Original Release (August 22, 2020 5:35 p.m.):

Police Arrest Suspect after Rape of Woman in Towson

Detectives made a quick arrest of a suspect in an early morning rape of a woman in Towson today.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning police responded to the unit block of West Pennsylvania Avenue, 21204 for a call of an assault.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect followed a woman down an alley near Pennsylvania Avenue as she walked to her vehicle, then sexually assaulted her behind an area business. The victim was able to break free from her attacker following the assault and ran back to the establishment she'd left to summons help. Responding officers located the suspect on West Pennsylvania Avenue and placed him under arrest after a positive identification.

Jarvis Levy Benson (32) of the 9500 block of John Lock Way, 21117 is charged with second degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and second degree assault. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Special Victims Unit are continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident or any other incident involving this suspect is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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