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Date: Feb 7, 2013

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

BANK ROBBERY ARREST                                                                                      CROFTON

 On February 6, 2013, around 11:12 a.m., Western District officers responded to the PNC Bank located in the 1100 block of Route 3 North in Crofton for an armed robbery in progress.

Officers learned that a female suspect approached the teller and demanded money after implying she was armed with a handgun. The teller complied and provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The suspect then fled the area in her SUV. Several officers from multiple jurisdictions helped search the area for the suspect. Around 11:24 a.m., a Crofton officer and a Prince George’s County officer located the suspect parked on the lot of the Sacred Heart Church at 16501 Annapolis Road in Bowie. The suspect refused to exit her vehicle and officers followed the vehicle from Bowie along Route 450 towards Annapolis.

At the intersection of Crownsville Road and Route 450, Anne Arundel County officers safely deployed stop sticks and disabled the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle eventually came to a safe stop on the right shoulder of Route 50 West just on the ramp leading to I-97 North at approximately 11:40 a.m. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was immediately apprehended by officers with assistance from a K-9 unit. The suspect sustained a minor bite from the K-9 and was transported to the hospital for treatment. No one else was injured during the incident. No booking photo is being released due to the ongoing investigation.

 Suspect: Alexandria Mary Miller, 40, of 8101 Red Farm Lane, Bowie, Maryland

 

 

NORTHERN DISTRICT

 

INDECENT EXPOSURE                                                                                    GLEN BURNIE

 

On February 6, 2013, at approximately 8:31 a.m., officers from the Northern District responded to the area of Ritchie Highway and Aquahart Road in Glen Burnie for a report of indecent exposure.

 

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 20-year-old female victim, who indicated that she was walking along Aquahart Road to a bus stop on southbound Ritchie Highway when she observed a beige/white vehicle following her. The vehicle passed her and slowed down. A male suspect exited the vehicle and approached the victim as she arrived at the bus stop. The suspect then proceeded to expose himself and commit a lewd act before fleeing the area in his vehicle. The victim ran from the area and contacted police. The suspect was described as a white male in his late 40's with gray hair, wearing prescription glasses, a brown jacket and khaki pants. The suspect vehicle was described as a beige/white four door sedan. Numerous officers canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Northern District at 410-222-6135.

 

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

WEAPONS OFFENSE                                                                                                ODENTON           

 

On February 5, 2013, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the School Resource Officer assigned to Arundel Middle School located at 1179 Hammond Lane in Odenton, Maryland, was made aware by school officials that a male student was observed in possession of a knife inside of the school.

 

The officer learned that the 12-year-old male student threatened a 12-year-old male student and an 11-year-old female student with the knife in separate incidents inside of the school. The suspect was located and detained and a three inch folding knife was located inside of his locker. The knife was immediately confiscated and the student was charged on a misdemeanor juvenile citation with one count of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and two counts of threatening students under Education Article 26-101. The student was released to the custody of a parent.  

 

                                        

NORTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL INCIDENT

 

On Monday, February 4, 2013, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a custodial employee of North County High School, 10 1st Avenue East, Glen Burnie, Maryland 20161, noticed suspicious activity at the school.  The employee heard the sound of an unknown person pulling on an exterior door handle; the custodian inferred this as someone trying to enter the school in an area not normally used by visitors.  The custodian used a school-based radio to call for assistance from the School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to North County High School.

 

The SRO immediately went outside to search the school grounds.  As he was making his way around the expansive building, he received word that an unknown adult male followed a school employee inside the building via a rear door near the school’s loading dock.  School officials who had already been alerted to the presence of a possible intruder quickly located and challenged the male.  They escorted the male to the school’s office, where the SRO met them and began an investigation.

 

The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Justin Matthew Beaumont from Glen Burnie, indicated he is a former North County High School student.  Beaumont did not make any threats to harm anyone at the school nor were any weapons or illegal items found during a search of Mr. Beaumont and his vehicle, however, an empty handgun holster was found inside his car.  No firearms or ammunition were present.  Beaumont’s account of his reasons for being at the school included indications he had been subjected to bullying during his enrollment; he also made inquires about school security and referenced his previous military experience.

           

As result of his unauthorized presence at North County High School, Beaumont was charged with Trespassing on Posted Property, a misdemeanor offense, and later released. Although there were no other criminal violations noted at the scene, recent violent and tragic events throughout the nation, coupled with Beaumont’s statements and actions, led the School Safety Section Commander to contact Colonel Larry W. Tolliver and apprise him of the extremely unusual and alarming circumstances of this incident.  Colonel Tolliver immediately directed Northern District Detectives, and all other necessary police department resources, to investigate Beaumont’s activities prior to his arrival to North County High School on February 4, 2013.

 

Northern District Detectives learned Beaumont is the lawfully registered owner of several firearms, including an AK-47, an Uzi assault weapon and three handguns.  Based on the totality of the circumstances and the Mental Health Evaluation Article, Detectives applied for and received a search and seizure warrant for Beaumont’s home and vehicle. The search warrant was intended to hold Beaumont’s firearms for safekeeping pending his evaluation by mental health professionals.

 

Upon service of the search warrant, detectives recovered the AK-47 rifle under Beaumont’s bed.  The weapon was loaded with a 30 round magazine.  An Uzi was also found under Beaumont’s bed; it was not loaded.  Two unloaded 8 MM bolt action rifles were found in a case under the bed.  An unloaded Jennings .22 caliber handgun was found in a box under the bed, and a loaded Kel Tec .380 handgun equipped with a laser sight was found between the bed’s mattresses.  A 9 MM barrel and silencer, along with ammunition and numerous ammunition magazines were additionally recovered.  These weapons and materials have been taken into police custody for safe-keeping pending additional investigation.

 

According to school officials, Justin Beaumont attended North County High School for only two months in 2002 before transferring to a different high school.  He is currently undergoing medical treatment, and at this time, it appears all weapons and ammunition were legally owned. 

As with every incident, lessons are learned and improvements are made.  With notable exception of the suspect entering a door that should have been pulled completely shut, school officials and the SRO reacted quickly, appropriately and effectively to ensure the intruder was confronted and unable to encounter students. 

 

This incident and subsequent investigation, although potentially alarming, illustrates the commitment to school safety and partnerships between the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Schools, the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and other federal agencies.  What began as a misdemeanor trespassing offense continues to be thoroughly investigated to ensure students, staff and visitors remain safe at our schools.   

 Suspect: Justin Matthew Beaumont, 25, of the 6000 block, Eiderdown Road, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061

                        Charged with:  Trespassing on Posted Property

 

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