HOMICIDE UPDATE GLEN BURNIE
On January 27, 2013 at approximately 4:05 a.m., officers from the Northern District responded to the area of Tanyard Cove Road and Marley Neck Boulevard in Glen Burnie for an unknown disturbance.
When officers arrived, they located two suspicious vehicles on a dirt road in that area. One vehicle, a Ford Explorer, was occupied by 24-year old Tremain Celos Calhoun and 27-year old Erica Tywanda Banks. The second vehicle, a Ford van, was unoccupied, but a black male identified to be Erica’s father, 47-year old Eric Glenn Banks, was found walking toward the vehicle from a wooded area.
Officers checked the wooded area and located a black male with gunshot and stab wounds. The male was identified to be 26-year-old Darren Dwayne Bell of the 500 block of Round View Road in Baltimore, Maryland. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department pronounced Bell dead at the scene. All three subjects were taken into custody and the vehicles searched. A handgun was recovered from the Ford Explorer. Homicide Unit Detectives were called to investigate and interview the three suspects.
Detectives determined Erica Banks and Darren Bell were long time acquaintances and had been involved in an ongoing dispute. Detectives are still investigating and have not released the reason the four were in the area together. Based on the investigation and consultation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Eric Banks was charged with first degree murder and Erica Banks and Calhoun charged with possession of a handgun.
ARRESTED: Erica T. Banks, 27, of the 7300 block of Green Acres Drive, Glen Burnie, Md
ARRESTED: Eric Glenn Banks, 48, of the 2600 block of Camberwell Court, Baltimore, Md
ARRESTED: Tremain Celos Calhoun, 24, of the 3500 block of Kingsly Court, Pasadena, Md
Through the investigation, Homicide Detectives have gathered probable cause to implicate Erica Tywanda Banks with First Degree Murder. On January 31, 2013, after consultation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Homicide Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Banks for her involvement in the murder of Darren Bell. On February 1, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Special Enforcement Team Detectives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department located and took Erica Banks into custody without incident. Banks will be processed and transported to the Commissioner’s Office for her initial appearance.
DEATH UPDATE LAUREL
On January 31, 2013, at approximately 11:26 a.m., officers from the Western District responded to the area of Laurel Fort Meade Road (Route 198) and Race Track Road in Laurel for a possible drowning. A 911 call was received about a body floating in the water.
Fire department personnel were already on scene. The area is in a low lying wooded area and homeless people set up encampments for overnight stays. The fire department water rescue team retrieved the deceased body of a female from the rising waters due to overnight heavy rains. A witness at the scene advised they told the female victim at approximately 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. that morning to leave the area because it was unsafe due to rising waters. The witness left the area at that time. The female was discovered at approximately 11:26 a.m.
The deceased female has since been identified as 26-year-old Anifa Kiwanuka of no fixed address. The final cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland.