Juveniles Arrested for Destruction to Cars

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Baltimore County Police officers responded to the 6600 block of Loch Hill Road in reference to a destruction of property call.

When officers arrived on the scene, they identified several nearby vehicles that had been broken into. Shortly thereafter, officers located a dark sedan with its engine running at Raven Hill and Loch Hill Roads.

As officers were working to determine whether the vehicle was stolen, two juveniles jumped into the sedan and drove off. Although officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle several times, the driver refused, placing the lives of officers in danger.

At one point, the suspect vehicle dragged an officer who was attempting to stop the juveniles. The suspect vehicle also struck two marked police cars while attempting to flee.

Officers apprehended the 15 and 14-year-old juvenile suspects at the intersection of Northwood Drive and Pentwood Road. Officers later identified at least five vehicles that were broken into in connection to these suspects.

Homicide of Artis Holt Remains Unsolved

The Baltimore County Police Department continues to seek information in the homicide of 27-year-old Artis Holt. On February 21, 2019, Holt was fatally shot after leaving a restaurant in the 8000 block of Liberty Road. The homicide of Artis Holt remains unsolved.

Holt attended Mount Saint Joseph High School and Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Holt played cornerback for the Merrimack Warriors from 2009 to 2013, according to his team.

Family members describe Holt as a loving and loyal son, father and friend. Anyone with information regarding the homicide of Artis Holt is asked to contact Baltimore County homicide detectives by calling 410-307-2020 or 410-887-3943. Callers may also contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587.

Arrest Made After Threats Towards Towson HS

After a thorough investigation, the Baltimore County Police Department has brought closure to the threat investigation at Towson High School and determined that no students, faculty or staff were in danger.

Detectives assigned to the Towson Precinct and Criminal Investigations Bureau have identified and charged a juvenile suspect with multiple recent threatening messages targeting Towson High School.

Charges are also pending against a second juvenile suspect in North Carolina. Investigators believe the suspects intended to incriminate an uninvolved juvenile with their actions.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to thank the Towson High School community for their patience and support during this investigation.

BCPS Employee Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Detectives with the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested and charged 49-year-old Craig Clontz of Middle River with five counts of possession of child pornography.

During this investigation, detectives learned that Clontz was an employee with of the Baltimore County Public Schools.
Clontz is being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

At this point in their investigation, detectives do not believe any of the images recovered depict BCPS students.

Police Give Update on Towson High Threats

As families prepare for the work/school week, the Baltimore County Police Department would like to provide a brief update to the community on school safety and the recent threats at Towson High School. There will be an increased police presence in and around Towson High School this week.

As the investigation into this matter remains ongoing, the Baltimore County Police Department would ask families to speak with their children about school safety and any concerns they may have. Please assure student(s) that many people are working to keep their school safe. School Resource Officers are available during the school day should students have concerns they would like to discuss.

Meanwhile, parents can stay connected throughout the day by signing up for emergency notifications and following the Baltimore County Police Department on social media.

The Baltimore County Police Department looks forward to continuing this conversation with the community in person later this week.

Homicide Investigation on Loch Raven Blvd.

Homicide detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department responded to the 8700 block of Loch Raven Blvd. about an unconscious person on Tuesday, Nov.22.

When they arrived at the location, detectives found the victim deceased. It was later determined that 24-year-old Pavan Patel suffered from a fatal gunshot wound.

This homicide remains under investigation.

Hyatt Won’t Remain County Police Chief

It was announced by Baltimore County that Melissa Hyatt will not return as Baltimore County Police Chief. She released the following statement on Wednesday.

“It is with heartfelt and mixed emotions that I announce my last day as Chief of the Baltimore County Police Department is December 4th. Police chiefs are appointed for finite terms in order to accomplish specific goals and objectives of County leadership. With the end of my term quickly approaching, I am both saddened to be leaving my Baltimore County family and excited to see what the future holds.

During my tenure as Chief, we worked through challenging times. I am so very proud of our many accomplishments, including initiatives that sharpened our focus on community trust, public safety, and officer wellness.

I want to personally thank every police officer, professional staff member, and community member who supported this important work. As a result, this agency is better equipped to face the future and serve our much-deserving county. I wish nothing but the best for the Baltimore County Police Department and our entire community.”

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski released a statement about Hyatt’s departure.

“Chief Hyatt is a world-class public safety professional who has led efforts to modernize the Baltimore County Police Department, helping us to enact critical reforms to strengthen the agency,” said Olszewski. “We are grateful for her tireless commitment to the people of Baltimore County and remain thankful for her service as we begin the process of identifying a successor who will help ensure Baltimore County remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

Man Fatally Shot on Ticker Circle in Lansdowne

Baltimore County homicide detectives continue investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday, Nov. 10, in the 4300 block of Tucker Circle.

At approximately 9 p.m., officers responded to the location following a reported gunshot wound.

When officers arrived, they located a teenage male suffering from a gunshot wound inside the home. Medics transported the teenager to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Arrest Made in Carnaby Drive Shooting

Detectives from Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes unit have arrested a 60-year-old male in connection to the shooting that occurred in Windsor Mill Thursday evening.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the 2500 Block of Carnaby Drive, 21244, for a report of a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they located female victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

The suspect remained on scene of the shooting, and was eventually taken into custody without incident.

Police Report Two Lansdowne Incidents Affecting Students

The Baltimore County Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding two incidents that occurred in the Lansdowne area this week. Detectives are looking into whether the cases are connected.

On Wednesday a Lansdowne High School student reported that while she was walking to school over the footbridge, near Twin Circle Way she was assaulted by an unknown person. She was able to get to school and report what happened.

On November 1, a middle school student reported a male subject exposing himself. Since the initial report, the Baltimore County Police Department has assigned additional officers to the Lansdowne area to ensure the safety of students.

The department is also working closely with the Baltimore County Public School System to address community concerns and provide resources.

Families are being asked to speak with students about safety practices as they travel to and from school. The following are important tips to reiterate with your child(ren):

Always tell a responsible adult where you are going.

Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend or a group.

Don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.

Do not share personal information with strangers – in person, over the phone, through text messages, on gaming platforms, or on any other electronic communications.

Pay attention to your surroundings when walking home. Avoid distractions and make sure you can hear what is happening around you.

If approached by someone you don’t know, run to safety.

Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store, or a friend’s house.

If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, yell loud! Shout, “I don’t know you!” Fight back and make as much noise as you can.

Tell your parents about places you don’t feel safe.

Please remember to contact the police (call 911) if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.