Police Press Release - September 3, 2021
Citizen Robbery / Brooklyn Park
On September 2, 2021, at approximately 9:55 p.m., officers responded to Doris Avenue and 1st Avenue in Brooklyn Park for a robbery of a citizen. The 32-year-old male victim was walking along Doris Avenue when a red minivan pulled up alongside him. An unknown male suspect exited the van, displayed a handgun, and demanded property from the victim. The victim complied, and the suspect fled toward Ritchie Highway with the victim’s property. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Northern District detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact 410-222-6135 or the Tip Line at 410-222-4700.
Suspect: Black male, 6’1”, 200 lbs., wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Commercial Robbery (Arrest Update) / Pasadena
On September 2, 2021, at approximately 1:05 a.m. officers responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 8930 Fort Smallwood Road for the report of an armed robbery. An unknown male suspect entered the store, walked behind the counter brandishing a knife, and demanded cash. The clerk complied, handing the suspect an unknown amount of U.S, currency. The suspect then fled on foot. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident. Robbery detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact 410-222-4720 or the TipLine at 410-222-4700.
Suspect: White male, 30-40 years of age, approximately 5’07”, thin build, short black hair, wearing a black shirt and shorts.
Update (September 3, 2021):
Commercial & Bank Robbery detectives were able to identify the suspect in this case. He has been identified as 43-year-old Frank Helsel with no fixed address. He has been charged accordingly.
Hit and Run/Assault on Police/CDS - Pasadena
On September 3, 2021, at approximately 11 a.m., officers and EMS personnel were dispatched to the area of Mountain Road and SB Route 10 for a three-vehicle injury crash. Upon arrival, officers learned that one vehicle ran the steady red light crashing into two vehicles and causing minor injuries. The driver of the at-fault vehicle fled on foot. Officers located that driver a few hundred yards away in a fast-food location near Ritchie Highway. The suspect was placed under arrest. Once in handcuffs, the suspect took off on foot towards Mountain Road, where officers caught up to him. When officers attempted to regain custody of the suspect, he assaulted one officer by grabbing his groin and another officer biting him and spitting. Due to this event, traffic on Mountain Road and in the shopping center voluntarily stopped. We want to thank our citizens for using due caution around our officers in a volatile and violent situation. The suspect was found in possession of suspected marijuana and suspected cocaine. Over $400.00 in US Currency was also seized. The suspect was taken to Central Processing and Holding in Annapolis, where he has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury crash, various other traffic offenses, multiple counts of assault on police, CDS-related charges, resisting and hindering arrest.
Brandon Tyrell Hardy
700 block of Newtowne Drive