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Date: Feb 1, 2013

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

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

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:

 

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.

 

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

 

 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.

 

UPDATE:

 

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.

 

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WESTERN DISTRICT

 

 

 Drowning                                                                               Laurel

On January 31, 2013, at 1126 hours officers responded to the area of Laurel Fort Meade Rd. and Race Track Rd. Laurel, Md. 20724 for a 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.   The victim has not been identified at this time but is described as an adult African American female and believed to be homeless. 

 

A witness at the scene advised they told the female victim at approximately 0930 to 1000 hours this date 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 the later time at approximately 1126 hours.   The investigation is still continuing in to the matter and identification of the victim.  

 

Metro Crime Stoppers:

 

If you have information on the above incident, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!                           

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HOMICIDE

 

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at approximately 1144 hours, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Northern District responded to 338 Gatewater Court,  Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County, Maryland in response to a report of an attended death. 

 

Upon arrival, officers found a deceased female subject, later identified as Dianna Lee Fitzwater.  The officers spoke with a witness who is the reporting person.  The witness advised that at approximately 1130 hours that date, she and Brandon Zachary Duncan, awoke and went out to the living room and found the victim unresponsive.  The reporting person attempted to wake the victim, but the victim did not respond. At that time 911 was called.

 

Based upon the investigation, Dianna Fitzwater, 62, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for the State of Maryland so that a Post Mortem Examination could be performed.

 

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for the State of Maryland ruled the cause of Dianna Lee Fitzwater’s death as asphyxiation and the manner of death as homicide. 

 

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, investigators conducted an interview with Brandon Zachary Duncan.  At that time he admitted to strangling the victim.

 

Based upon the aforementioned investigation a warrant was obtained for Brandon Zachary Duncan charging him with First Degree Murder.  Investigation has also revealed that Brandon Zachary Duncan is the great nephew of the victim.  Brandon Duncan is currently under guard at a local area hospital for unrelated issues.

 

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Davis of the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit.  She can be reached at (410) 222-3413.

 

The suspect information is as follows:

 

Brandon Zachary Duncan, 22 years old, White Male

                        Approximately 5’11 and 135 Pounds

                        338 Gatewater Court

                        Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061

 

*No booking photo available*

 

Attempted Abduction Report

 On January 30, 2013 at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers from the Southern District responded to a reported attempted abduction of an 11-year old female near Edgemont Street and Hillside Drive in Edgewater.

 

It was reported that two males in an older model station wagon attempted to grab the victim and force her into the vehicle. The victim was not hurt and was able to flee to report the incident. It was also reported that a small child was also seen inside the vehicle. Numerous patrol offices were placed in the area while detectives began their investigation.

 

After hearing of the accounts of the incident posted by citizens on various social media sites, a male walked into the Southern District and spoke to detectives. Detectives identified the vehicle and interviewed the two males from vehicle. They also found the small child passenger safe and unharmed.

 

In cases such as this, the safety of the victim and public is paramount and detectives wish to verify the facts as they were reported in an expeditious manner. In this case, the immediate reporting by the victim and coordinated police response brought this investigation to a quick close. The detectives determined that the suspects did not intend to commit abduction or assault the victim.

 

            The public is strongly encouraged to report suspicious circumstances such as this so that they may be immediately investigated. In this case there should be no additional concern for trepidation.

 

 

 

 

Metro Crime Stoppers:

 

If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!                           

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WESTERN DISTRICT

 

ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY ARREST                                                        HANOVER

 

On January 29, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers from the Western District responded to the parking lot of the Arundel Mills Mall located at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover for a report of an armed subject with a handgun.

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victims, an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, who stated they were entering their vehicle parked in front of Neiman Marcus when a male suspect entered the rear seat of the vehicle, displayed a possible handgun and ordered them not to move. One of the victims immediately exited the vehicle to run for safety. The second victim was searched by the suspect, but no property was taken from him. The suspect then fled the area south toward Best Buy.

 

Officers immediately located the suspect based on the description provided by the victims and detained him near Best Buy. The victims positively identified the suspect and he was transported to Western District, where he was charged. Additionally, officers recovered a weapon at the scene believed to have been used in the incident. The investigation revealed that the victims and suspect were known to each other through a previous encounter and this was a targeted incident.   

 

Suspect: Alonzo Kerry Banks, 21, of 1869 Robin Court, Severn, Md

 

EASTERN DISTRICT

 

COMMERCIAL ARMED ROBBERY                                                          SEVERNA PARK

 

On January 29, 2013, at approximately 7:48 p.m., officers from the Eastern District responded to the A T&T store located in the 100 block of Ritchie Highway South in Severna Park for a report of an armed robbery of the business. 

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with an employee, who indicated that two male suspects entered the store and one suspect displayed a handgun. The suspects demanded merchandise from the store and ultimately took an unknown quantity of phones. The suspects subsequently fled the store in an unknown direction. Several officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.

 

Suspects: Two black males, approximately 6’2”, wearing dark coats and masks

 

ARMED ROBBERY (CITIZEN)                                                                       GLEN BURNIE

 On January 29, 2013, at approximately 7:04 a.m., officers from the Eastern District responded to the 7900 block of Nolpark Court in Glen Burnie for a report of an armed robbery of a citizen.

 

Officers learned that a 57-year-old female victim was approached by an unknown male suspect as she was getting into her car. The suspect put an object up against her back and demanded all of her money. The victim complied by handing over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who was armed with a possible firearm. The victim turned away and was subsequently struck with the weapon.  The victim then drove herself to The Baltimore Washington Medical Center prior to police arrival for treatment on non-life threatening injuries. Numerous officers canvassed the vicinity, but could not locate the suspect. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Zukowski of The Eastern District Detective Unit at 410-222-6145.

 

Suspect: Hispanic male, approximately 6’2”, 170 pounds, wearing a black or blue beanie cap, a black hooded sweat shirt, and black pants

 

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

STABBING                                                                                                           GLEN BURNIE

 

On January 29, 2013, at approximately 6:46 p.m., officers from the Northern District responded to Genine Drive in Glen Burnie for a report of a stabbing. 

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 29-year-old male victim, who advised that he was walking in the area of Genine Drive and Sunnybrook Drive when two male suspects approached him from behind. The suspects began to strike victim and he was able to run from them and get to a safe location when he realized he had been stabbed in the upper body during the struggle with the suspects. Several officers, a K-9 unit and the Aviation Unit canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim was transported to Shock Trauma for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Suspects: Two unknown race males wearing dark clothing

 

Metro Crime Stoppers:

 

If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!                           

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