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Police Press Release - May 17, 2019

  • Christopher J Edwards
  • Nicholas Hittle
Criminal Investigation Division
Major Crimes Section
Child Pornography-Odenton
 
On December 4th, 2018, the Anne Arundel County Police Child Abuse Unit began an investigation into another report of a suspect uploading child pornographic images to a particular internet site. The information was also provided by the “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” (NCMEC). Over the next several months Child Abuse Detectives served several subpoenas and search warrants in an effort to identify the perpetrator.   
 
On March 15, 2019, Detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at an address in the 300 block of Baldwin Road in Odenton, Maryland. The suspect, identified as Christopher John Edwards, a twenty six year old male of the same address was on scene and interviewed. Several electronic items were seized and later examined by the Anne Arundel County Digital Forensic Unit. 
 
The forensic download of the suspect's electronic devices provided detectives with corroborating evidence.  On May 16th, 2019, Child Abuse detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Christopher Edwards for possession of child pornography. On May 17th, 2019, Edwards was located at his address and taken into custody without incident.       
 
The Anne Arundel County Police is urging anyone with information on these above incidents or suspects to contact the Anne Arundel County Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733. One can also remain anonymous by calling the Anne Arundel County Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
 
Christopher J Edwards 6-5-1992
300 block of Baldwin Road
Odenton, MD 21113
 
Criminal Investigation Division
Major Crimes Section
Child Pornography-Severn
 
On January 22th, 2019, the Anne Arundel County Police Child Abuse Unit began an investigation in reference to a report that an unidentified suspect was using an account associated in uploading child pornographic images to a particular internet site. The information was provided by the “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” (NCMEC) which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. Over the next several months Child Abuse Detectives served several subpoenas and search warrants in an effort to identify the perpetrator.   
 
On April 5th, 2019, Detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at an address in the 8000 block of Wayne Road in Severn Maryland. The suspect, identified as Nicholas Benjamin Hittle, a thirty nine year old male of the same address was on scene and interviewed. Several electronic items were seized and later examined by the Anne Arundel County Digital Forensics Unit. 
 
During the interview, the suspect made admissions he had received specific images of child pornography which were the basis of the investigation but still needed to be forensically verified. The suspect is currently registered in Maryland as a Tier 2 sex offender. Also during the interview, the suspect advised his place of employment, his email address and his social media account which had not been disclosed to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry which is mandated. The suspect was charged on April 10, 2019 for the Maryland Registry violations.
 
The forensic download of the suspect's electronic devices provided detectives with corroborating evidence of child pornography.  On May 15th, 2019, Child Abuse detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Nicholas Hittle in reference to the possession of child pornography. The suspect was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. On May 16, 2019, Hittle was located in the 8000 block of Wayne Road and taken into custody without incident.   
 
Nicholas Hittle 12-14-1979
8000 block of Wayne Road
Baltimore MD
 
Western District
Stabbing-Severn
 
On May 17, 2019 at approximately 2:45 in the morning officers were called to the parking lot of Orchard Food Market located at 1140 Reece Road in Severn for a stabbing. Upon arrival they located a 30-year-old male suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound to the upper body. The male was transported to an area hospital but was unable to give a statement. Detectives believe this to be a targeted incident. No suspect or further information is available. Anyone with any information is asked to contact any Western District Detective at 410-222-6155 or the TipLine 410-222-4700.
 
Western District
Carjacking-Odenton
 
On May 17, 2019 at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the Exxon gas station located at 1318 Annapolis Road for a carjacking. The victim stated he was filling up his gas tank when an unknown suspect approached him with a weapon and demanded his keys. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene in the victim's car. There were no injuries reported in this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact any Western District Detective at 410-222-6155 or the TipLine 410-222-4700.
 
Suspect: Black male, between 5'9"-5'11" about 175 pounds.
Stolen Vehicle: Blue Hyundai Elantra MD 5DF8817
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