Police Press Release September 14, 2017
Homicide ARREST UPDATE - Annapolis
On January 2, 2017 at approximately 1:44 pm, officers responded to the 1800 block of Kimberwicke Place, Annapolis, Maryland for a call of shots heard in the area. Responding officers arrived on scene and located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wound(s) lying outside of his residence. The officers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until fire department personnel took over lifesaving procedures.
The victim, identified as Terry Paul Crouse, a fifty-five year old male from the 1800 block of Kimberwicke Place, Annapolis, Maryland succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Southern District patrol units secured the scene as homicide detectives and evidence technicians checked the area for items of evidentiary value. Mr. Crouse’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located in Baltimore Maryland for an autopsy to be performed to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Mr. Crouse’s cause of death as “gunshot wound(s) with the manner being homicide”. The Anne Arundel County Police Recruit Class assisted in the investigation by conducting a large scale search of the crime scene. Detectives continue to canvass the area and interview witnesses in an attempt to piece together the chain of events that led to the suspicious death of Mr. Crouse.
As this investigation progressed, homicide detectives interviewed countless witnesses and sifted through numerous pieces of evidence from the crime scene. This evidence, coupled with multiple forensic examinations of recovered evidence a suspect was identified in the murder of Mr. Crouse. The recovered evidence placed the suspect at the scene of the murder and identified him as being the shooter.
The suspect was identified as Calum Jeramiah Thomas, a nineteen year old male from the 10th block of Washington Drive, Annapolis, Maryland. On Monday, January 16, 2017 Homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Calum Thomas with the following in regards to Mr. Crouse’s murder: first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, handgun on a person, firearm use in a crime of violence, regulated firearm illegal possession and illegal possession of ammunition. At approximately 8:00 p.m., detectives located Calum Thomas in the 700 block of Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland and took him into custody without incident.
During the last several months the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit has been working with Federal Prosecutors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authorities as this investigation into the murder of Terry Crouse continued to unfold. On Thursday, September 7, 2017, federal prosecutors secured a sealed indictment against Calum Jeramiah Thomas, 20 years of age, and his brother, Christian Thomas, 21 years of age, from the 10th block of Washington Drive, Annapolis, Maryland for conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in the Annapolis area.
These federal charges included overt acts to further the drug trafficking operation, to include the murder of Terry Crouse. The joint investigation revealed Terry Crouse had no ties to illegal narcotics activity and his senseless murder was just a crime of opportunity perpetrated by the Thomas brothers. Local and Federal authorities were able to arrest Christian Thomas without incident later that same evening after the indictment. Calum Thomas was already in custody at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center where he was currently awaiting trial for the murder of Terry Crouse. Christian and Calum Thomas are currently in federal custody on a no bond status.
As the investigation continues to unfold the Anne Arundel County Police Department urges anyone with information on the murder of Terry Crouse to contact the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Anyone with information that wishes to remain anonymous can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.