Homicide Glen Burnie
On Saturday, July 27, 2019 at approximately 4:43 p.m., the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the 800 block of Aquahart Road, Glen Burnie, Maryland for a possible subject in a vehicle. Upon arrival officers located an unresponsive male in the vehicle. Fire personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the subject deceased.
The body was that of a male subject and factors on scene indicated the body had been there for some time. The vehicle that the remains were in was related to an active missing person’s investigation. The missing person had last been seen or heard from on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The Anne Arundel County Police took a missing person’s report on the adult male on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The Missing Persons Unit was actively tracking down leads in regards to the missing person.
The Homicide and Evidence Collection Unit responded to the scene in an attempt to positively identify the male remains and also determine if foul play was involved. The human remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner so an autopsy could be conducted to determine the exact cause and manner of death. The vehicle was secured and processed where several items of evidentiary value were collected.
On Sunday, July 28, 2019 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner advised there was trauma to the body with the manner being homicide. The remains have not been positively identified at this time as detectives are working with the OCME to make an identification. This is a very active and fluid investigation. Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous are asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
During the past week Homicide detectives have conducted multiple canvasses in the area of the homicide and surrounding streets. Several witnesses were located as detectives collected digital evidence. Detectives were able to confirm that the victim, Brian Gifford, was murdered on the morning of Wednesday, July 17, 2019 which coincided with his disappearance and being reported missing. Detectives also put together that several personal items belonging to Mr. Gifford were missing from his possession and had been taken during the violent crime. With the assistance of the public coupled with digital evidence a person of interest was developed. The person of interest was identified as Inari Ramiar Molina, a twenty-four year old male with no fixed address. Detectives then executed search warrants throughout the week which included that of DNA evidence. On Friday, August 2, 2019 the Anne Arundel County Forensics Services Section worked throughout the day and evening analyzing the forensic evidence. In doing so there analysis coupled with the witness and digital evidence identified Inari Molina as the person who murdered Brian Gifford. Preliminary results of the investigation reveal the crime was a random act of violence and not a targeted incident.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, working in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County States Attorney’s Office Homicide detectives secured an arrest warrant charging Inari Molina with First and Second Degree Murder, First and Second Degree Assault, Armed Robbery, Robbery and Reckless Endangerment. Inari Molina was already in the custody of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after being arrested on Thursday, August 1, 2019 on unrelated crimes and for Violation of Probation where he is currently being held without bond. A detainer will be lodged in regards to the murder charges.
Even though an arrest has been made this is a very active investigation. The Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police TipLine 410-222-4700.
Traffic Safety Section
Fatal Crash/Glen Burnie
On August 2, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to Gov. Ritchie Hwy (MD 2) N/B and Interstate 895 in Glen Burnie for a crash. A male pedestrian was crossing Ritchie Highway near the entrance ramp to Interstate 895 from east to west when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The driver and vehicle left the scene after striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.
Preliminarily, the primary cause of the crash is the pedestrian failing to yield right of way. Drug and alcohol use are unknown pending toxicology results. The Traffic Safety Section is handing the investigation. There is no additional information. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573 or the TipLine 410-222-4700.
Vehicle 1 & Driver:
Larry Steven Johnson Jr. (Fatal Injuries)
800 block of Woodward Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230