30 Jan

Toddler dead after getting ahold of loaded gun

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — A 4-year-old child died Saturday afternoon after he found a loaded gun and accidentally shot himself in the head.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at a home on N. Athol Avenue near Dunland Road in Southwest Baltimore.

The mother of the child was at home at the time of the incident and was the one who dialed 911.

Some neighbors we spoke with in the Uplands community are grieving.

“That’s terrible. A 4-year old child period.. to get ahold of a gun?” said neighbor Tania Brown.

Investigators are ruling his death as an accidental death.

“It’s a hurting thing when it’s an adult, and then a pre-teen, and now a child? A child that can’t even spell gun. And his life was taken away from him like that,” said neighbor James Adams.

The identities of those involved have not been released at this time.

Police say it is unclear how the child got ahold of the gun or what type of weapon was used.

According to a report by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, 311 children age 14 and younger were killed in unintentional shootings between 2007 and 2011. That’s an average of 62 children per year.

The report also states that an estimated 660 children are hospitalized each year with non-fatal, unintentional firearm injuries. Also, about a third of American children live in homes with firearms, and of these households, 43% contain at least one unlocked firearm.

No charges have been filed in this case.

Stay with FOX 45 as more details become available.

26 Jan

13-year-old arrested in mass tire-slashing incident

PIKESVILLE, Md. (WBFF) — Investigators say they’ve arrested a 13-year-old boy who is believed to be responsible for slashing tires on approximately 41 vehicles at a Pikesville apartment complex.

Police say the vehicle tires were slashed in the area of the Twin Ridge Apartments on Rambling Ridge Lane sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. on January 17. Two separate surveillance videos were obtained by investigators displayed an image of the person believed to be the suspect.

With the release of surveillance footage, police say an influx of tips started to poor into the Pikesville Precinct.

Police say that the boy was charged as a juvenile and has since been remanded into the custody of his parents.

According to police, the boy is also responsible for a January 19, incident at the Pizza Blitz restaurant on Quarry Lake Drive involving some seats that had been slashed.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like tho thank those that helped provided assistance in this case.

“Without the assistance of the public and the media, we would not have been able to identify the suspect.”

23 Jan

Murder investigation opened after man found fatally shot in NW Baltimore home

BALTIMORE (WBFF)- – A suspicious death investigation is underway after a 42-year-old man was found deceased inside of a residence in NW Baltimore.

Investigators said that they were responding to a call for a person not breathing on Fairview Avenue near Denision Street just after 4 p.m. On arrival they found the man deceased. He has since been identified as Keith Vaughan and police say this is now considered a murder investigation.

Police say he was shot at least once, but did not specify where or if the injury was noticed upon arrival to the hospital.

Vaughan resided at the home where he was found deceased. Homicide detectives are investigating.

This story is still developing.

21 Jan

Suspect arrested weeks after armed robbery

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– Baltimore City police have arrested a man accused of a home invasion and armed robbery.

Melvin Bean, 20, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 20 on assault and robbery charges after he forced his way inside of the victim’s home on N. Decker Street, police say.

According to investigators, 30-year-old Dominic Spencer was with Bean when they forced their way inside of the victims’ home. Spencer was featured on the BPD’s “Wanted Wednesday,” but still remains at large.

Bean is currently awaiting a bail hearing at Central Booking.

Anyone with information on Dominic Spencer’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact police.

20 Jan

Four suspects arrested in two South Baltimore armed robberies

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Four juveniles have been arrested after two separate armed robberies in south Baltimore Tuesday afternoon.

They are accused of robbing a 26-year-old man on E. Clement Street near Jackson Street taking his cell phone and earbuds, then repeated the same crime just a few blocks away on E. Heath Street. This time a 29-year-old man’s cellphone was stolen.

In both instances there was one suspect who produced a gun.

Not long after these two incidents, Southern District patrol officers were able to locate the juveniles with the help of Fox Trot after a brief chase. All four were arrested two 16-year-old boys and two 17-year-old boys.

Brandon Cooper, 17, of Charing Cross Road was identified as the gunman and has since been charged as an adult. Cooper has been transported to Central booking and is awaiting a hearing.

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12 Jan

Man charged in Lothian convenience store robbery

LOTHIAN, Md. (WBFF) – Anne Arundel County robbery detectives have arrested a man they believe is connected to a convenience store robbery.

Gavino Rodriguez-Guzman is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of an $80,000 bond. He’s charged with armed robbery, robbery and theft after police say he robbed the BWA Convenience Store on Southern Maryland Blvd. on Saturday, January 2.

Officers responded to the BWA store just before 2:30 p.m. on January 4. The storeowner told detectives that the robbery happened on January 2 around 11: 45 a.m. but due to a language barrier, the store clerk had failed to file a report. The clerk told police that the suspect entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Last Thursday, police made a traffic stop and say that evidence related to the BWA robbery was observed in Rodriguez-Guzman’s car. Officers conducted an interview with him and executed a search and seizure warrant on his car and home. Rodriguez-Guzman was charged with robbing the BWA Convenience Store.

11 Jan

Four men arrested in NW Baltimore Home invasion robbery

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– Baltimore City police have arrested four men involved in a home invasion robbery, which happened Sunday night at a Park Circle residence in Northwest Baltimore.

Police have arrested Rodney Holloman, 35, Antonio Davis, 27, Davon Wright, 26 and 16-year-old Donnell Burgess. All have been charged with armed robbery.

Officers, acting on a tip from a family member who received a text message from someone inside of the residence, arrived to the home on Overview Road near Violet Avenue at about 8 p.m. on a wellbeing check. On arrival officers were greeted by a male voice after knocking on the door, but got no response.

Police say they were alerted by a juvenile in an upstairs window while canvassing the rear of the property. It was at that point that officers say the juvenile said that armed men were inside.

Out of an abundance of caution police set up a perimeter around the residence.

Two suspects surrendered after police made a second attempt to make contact. Then a short time after two additional suspects attempted to leave as to blend in with the victims, police say.

After further investigation police were able to determine that the gunmen entered the residence in order to rob the place by demanding valuables and money.

Two victims suffered from minor injuries after being struck in the face and a head with a handgun. The other five victims inside of the home weren’t seriously injured.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact the District Detectives Unit at 410-396-2466.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Metro Crime Stoppers and leave a tip, 1-866-7LOCKUP.

10 Jan

Suspect arrested after aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– A Baltimore man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for an assault that left one man in critical condition.

Baltimore City police received a call shortly after 9 a.m Monday for an aggravated assault on Independence Street near Fillmore Street.

When they arrived, they found an unidentified man with trauma to the head and face. He was transported to an area hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.

After further investigation police were able to determine that the victim was in some type of altercation with another man which led to the assault.

A warrant was issued for Jerrod Baker, 36, of Mosher Street, police say. And they believe that Baker struck the victim in the head and the face with a wooden bat several times, ultimately leaving the victim unconscious.

Baker is currently being held in Central Booking and will be appearing before a judge for a bond hearing. He is facing charges for first and second degree assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

10 Jan

Police: Walk-in shooting victim confesses, arrested for attempted murder

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– A man was arrested on attempted murder charges in Baltimore after injuring himself during a shooting, police say.

Daryl Doles, 22, of Baltimore was arrested Saturday night and is being held in Central Booking as he awaits a bail review hearing.

Around 7:15 p.m. Coles walked into Good Samaritan Hospital and confessed to shooting himself during an incident about an hour earlier.

Just before 6 p.m. Sunday evening a 24-year-old man was shot in the chest on Lewrew Way near Armstead Way. His last know condition was serious.

At this time police have not released any additional information.

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10 Jan

Juveniles to be charged as adults in fatal stabbing

BALTIMORE (WBFF)– Two Baltimore juveniles are being charged as adults after they allegedly stabbed Robert Ponsi in an attempted robbery Saturday night.

Baltimore City police have charged Antwan Eldridge, 17 and Daquan Middleton, 16 with armed robbery, first and second-degree assault and first and second-degree murder.

Ponsi, 29 was stabbed several times in the area of Greenmount and 33rd street. Due to the severity of his injuries he died early Sunday morning.

Police say this investigation is ongoing as they are lead to believe that more suspects may be involved.

Anyone with any additional information on this crime should dial 9-1-1.