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Maryland: Shots fired during home invasion

July 8, 2009

Frederick, Maryland

From the Frederick News-Post of July 7, 2009

Shots fired during home invasion

The Frederick Police Department is looking for a man who invaded a home at 207 S. Jefferson St. early this morning, according to police.

Officers went to the scene about 2:49 a.m. after shots were reportedly fired, police stated.

A white man with dark hair, believed to be named Kevin, had forced his way into the home, police said.

The man allegedly took money from a resident, who fired two shots at the man, Lt. Clark Pennington, police spokesman, said. Police do not believe the man was injured.

Witnesses said the man was wearing shorts and a dark shirt, Pennington said.

Officers searched the area but did not find the man.

Officers are investigating whether the same man may have committed similar crimes in the past at the same location, Pennington said.

According to Robbie Snyder who lives in another building on the property, a white man of medium build, between 25 and 30 years old, broke into his mother and his uncle’s home between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. by breaking a lock and window in the back door. Snyder said both residents are in their 80s and his uncle is wheelchair bound.

His uncle fired two shots from a 38-caliber revolver at the intruder who then fled the scene, Snyder said.

This is the third time the man has broken into the home and the fifth time he has been there, Snyder said. The first two times Snyder said his uncle gave the man named Kevin money after hearing a “sob story.”

The man broke into the home in February and threatened Snyder’s uncle before getting additional money, Snyder said. The man also broke in in late May or early June, Snyder said, and Frederick police were called after each break-in.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 301-600-TIPS or online at


Maryland: Guard shoots man during attempted grocery store robbery

June 30, 2009

Arbitus, Maryland

From the Cantonsville Times of June 23, 2009

Guard shoots man during attempted grocery store robbery

An exchange of gunfire between a security guard and an alleged robber at the Mars Super Market on Maiden Choice Lane and Westland Boulevard, in Arbutus, Sunday evening left the alleged robber with several gunshot wounds, according to Baltimore County police.

It also left the store, at the Maiden Choice Shopping Center in the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane, without some of its front windows — which were boarded up Monday morning.

Neither the guard nor any customers in the store were injured, police said.

At 6:52 p.m. June 21, Jamison Harvey Johnson, 40, entered the store and “announced the robbery,” said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

Johnson then walked to the store’s customer service office, where he demanded and was given an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

An armed security guard employed by Mars who was inside the store followed Johnson to the store’s entrance and confronted him, police said.

Johnson, whose address is listed as “unknown” in court records, then shot at the guard, Toohey said.

The guard returned fire and Johnson then ran into the parking lot and got into a green Honda Accord, Toohey said.

As the gunman drove away, he again fired on the security guard, who again shot back, Toohey said.

The car was found a short time later at the end of Wilton Farm Drive, in Catonsville.

Police began searching the area, using a helicopter and a K-9 unit.

A man fitting Johnson’s description was spotted walking along Kenwood Avenue, in Catonsville, with several gunshot wounds by an officer involved in the search at about midnight, almost five hours after the gunfire occurred, Toohey said.

The man was caught after a brief foot chase, police said, and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he received treatment for gunshot wounds.

Johnson was later charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and two handgun violations — one for the possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

In 1996, Johnson, then living in the 1800 block of West Pratt Street, in Baltimore, was found guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon, according to court records.

Bail has been denied, and Johnson is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center, in Towson.

Toohey said another man ran from the store during the incident, which “drew the interest of authorities.”

Police are “checking to see if there is any evidence that can link him to what happened,” Toohey said.

Maryland: Woman Kills Husband in Apparent Self-Defense

June 26, 2009

Prince George’s County, Maryland

From the Washington Post of June 25, 2009

Woman Kills Husband in Apparent Self-Defense

A Prince George’s County woman fatally shot her husband in an apparent act of self-defense Saturday after he attacked her at the Capitol Heights duplex where the pair lived in separate units, according to police and neighbors.

Just after 8 a.m., authorities said, police were called to the home in the 700 block of Capitol Heights Boulevard on a report of a domestic dispute. In front of the house, they found Richard Marcellous Wilson, 30, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police said Wilson’s wife fired the fatal shot.

The circumstances of the incident are unclear, but police think that the shooting “appears to have been in self-defense,” said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George’s police department. Wilson, police said, had violated an active protective order when he attacked his wife.

Rodriguez declined to name the shooter because she is a victim in the case and has not been charged.


Maryland: Glen Burnie family thwarts armed robbery attempt, police say

April 14, 2009

Glen Burnie, Maryland

From the Baltimore Sun of April 9, 2009

Glen Burnie family thwarts armed robbery attempt, police say

A Glen Burnie family tackled an armed man who broke into their apartment, grabbed his handgun and held him down until officers arrived late Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Shortly before midnight, two men burst into an apartment in the first block of Normandy Drive, brandished a shotgun, fired a handgun and tried to take property from one of the residents of the apartment, police said.

The residents, described as a couple in their 40s and their 20-year-old son, fought one of the suspects to the ground and took his weapon away while the other man ran away, police said.

When police arrived, they arrested Joshua Edward Frazier, 26, of the 300 block of Melvin Ave. in Grasonville and charged him with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, armed robbery and related offenses.

Police were unable to find the second assailant, who was described as a light-skinned black man between the ages of 20 and 27 with acne, wearing a faded red hoodie, black jeans, a red bandanna on his face and a black winter vest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP

Maryland: Baltimore Police Blotter

December 18, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland

From the Baltimore Sun of December 15, 2008

Baltimore Police Blotter

Police were seeking two men and a woman who attempted to rob three males at Hammershire and Reisterstown roads about 9:30 p.m. Friday. While the men walked down the street, a man armed with a handgun and a woman also carrying a handgun exited a silver Toyota Camry occupied by a second man and demanded their money. When one of the victims grabbed one of the guns, the two fled back to the car and drove off with no money or property.

Maryland: Police: Liquor Store Owner Kills Would-be Robber

December 18, 2008

Largo, Maryland

From WJLA of December 12, 2008

Police: Liquor Store Owner Kills Would-be Robber

The co-owner of a Largo liquor shot and killed a man during an attempted robbery Friday, police said.

Bill Miles, another co-owner of Kettering Liquors, was there. He saw the shooting. He says the would-be robber came in with a gun and a struggle ensued. Officers say it ended when Miles’ business partner pulled out his gun and shot the man.

“There were a lot of us in the tussle and so it didn’t work out too well for the other guy,” Miles said. “It’s tragic. Somebody died today. Good news is, it wasn’t one of us. It was the bad guy.”

The owner who shot the man was identified as Bill Robertson by Carolyn Tucker, a store employee.

“He must have thought somebody was going to get hurt,” she said.

Tucker arrived for work around 8:30 Friday morning. She was met by police officers, crime scene tape and the news one of her employers shot and killed a robber. Tucker said it was the first hold-up she knew of at Kettering Liquors.

Solly Sellers, a Kettering Liquor customer, defended the co-owner’s actions: “Would you defend yourself if you got robbed? Sure you should defend yourself. Why not?”

The co-owner who opened fire has not been charged. Investigators will determine whether the shooting was justified.

A handgun was recovered from the deceased man at the scene, police said.

Neighboring business owners in the shopping center say the area has been plagued with crime. The liquor store is protected by bars on its windows and, according to a friend of the owner, it has barbed wire in the ceiling to protect against burglars who come in through the roof.

Kevin McMann, another merchant in the Largo Plaza, said, “It’s unfortunate for the robber, but it, you know, had to be done, in my opinion. Maybe it’ll send a message out to other people: Don’t mess with the owners.”

Maryland: Police:Garage owner fatally shoots would-be robber

August 30, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland

From WJZ of August 30, 2008

Police:Garage owner fatally shoots would-be robber

Baltimore police say the owner of an auto repair shop fatally shot a man trying to rob his business.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday at Joe’s Garage in northwest Baltimore.

Police spokesman Sterling Clifford says this was the second time that owner Joseph Goldman has shot someone trying to rob his business, but he did not have further details about the first shooting.

In Friday’s incident, police say two men entered the business and displayed a handgun, but Goldman grabbed his own gun and fired at the men, hitting one.

The injured man was taken to Sinai Hospital where police say he was pronounced dead. Police did not release that man’s name.

The second man fled and police are still looking for him.

Maryland: Burglar shot, killed in Park Heights home

July 17, 2008

Park Heights, Maryland

From the Baltimore Sun of July 16, 2008

Burglar shot, killed in Park Heights home

A Park Heights man shot and killed a 45-year-old man who was attempting to burglarize his aunt’s home early Wednesday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

Police did not release the name of the man who was killed because next of kin had not been notified. They also did not release the name of the shooter Wednesday.

Several people at the man’s house Wednesday declined to speak with a reporter.

Police received a call reporting a shooting at the 3800 block of Hayward Ave. about 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, said police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe.

When officers arrived, they were told that a man had broken into a home. A man living in that house heard someone come into the basement, and he went upstairs to get a his .38-caliber handgun, police said. He was the registered owner of the gun, police said.

The man, armed with the weapon, went to investigate and heard footsteps upstairs. He called out to his aunt to see whether she was walking around the house, Monroe said.

Then he walked up to the first floor and saw the burglar running through the rear door of the kitchen and fired once, striking the burglar in the back, Monroe said.

The burglar ran out the back door and collapsed near a shed, Monroe said. The man called 911, put his handgun on the kitchen table and waited for police to arrive. Medics rushed the burglar to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m.

The state’s attorney’s office is waiting for the completion of the homicide investigation before reviewing the case to determine whether to press charges, said Margaret Burns, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office.

From WBAL of July 17, 2008

Resident’s Shooting Of Intruder Justified

The shooting that left an intruder dead at the hands of a west Baltimore resident has been ruled justifiable homicide, and the shooter will not be charged.

The ruling came from the city state’s attorney’s office on Thursday.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to a home in the 3800 block of Hayward Street for a home invasion and shooting.

Authorities said an 82-year-old woman and her nephew were inside the home when someone broke in.

Police said the nephew shot the intruder in the back.

Cumberland, Maryland Home Invaders Shot

June 26, 2008

Cumberland, Maryland

From June 25, 2008

CUMBERLAND, MD – A man was shot during an attempted robbery at a home in Cumberland Wednesday morning.

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit say there was an altercation at a home in the 300-block of Pulaski Street.

Residents heard gunshots just before 6:50 a.m.

Police say Michael Evans and Corey Adams of Petersburg, Virginia came into the house and demanded money.

Evans was shot at several times in the buttocks and leg. The two ran out of the home and drove out of the area.

When officers arrived at the home, there was one victim with non life-threatening injuries. The people witnesses gave police a description of the suspects and their vehicle.

Officers stopped the suspects on Interstate 68 and Evans was taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital. He was later taken to Baltimore Shock Trauma for more treatment.

Evans and Adams face several charges of armed robbery, assault and theft.

Maryland: Police: Dry Cleaner Owner Shoots Robber

June 11, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland

From WJZ of June 11, 2008

Police: Dry Cleaner Owner Shoots Robber

Baltimore City Police say a dry cleaner shot a would-be robber Wednesday afternoon.

It happened at St. Paul Cleaners around 1:45 p.m.

Police say this is the second time the suspect had attempted to rob the place.

Police say the suspect was armed with a knife when he came into the shop. The store owner shot the suspect in the hip, arm and leg. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he is expected to survive his injuries.