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    North East man charged with attempted murder in shooting

    By Carl Hamilton,


    BEL AIR — A North East man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot a woman outside a residence near Bel Air, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

    Investigators identified the suspect as 31-year-old Joshua Brian Brewster, whose address is listed in court records as the unit block of School House Lane in North East.

    Brewster is facing 15 criminal charges, including two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault, court records show. Among the other charges against Brewster are home invasion, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or by someone with disqualifying conviction, according to court records.

    He remained in the Harford County Detention Center on on bond Tuesday after his bail review hearing, according to court records, which indicate that Harford County District Court Judge Kerwin A. Miller Sr. presided over that proceeding.

    The investigation leading to Brewster’s arrest and the charges against him started at 5:53 a.m. on Wednesday (April 10), when HCSO deputies assigned to the agency’s Southern Precinct rushed to the 200 block of Highland Road in response to a “report of a shooting,” police reported They discovered a woman who had suffered a gunshot wound to her lower body, police said. Harford County paramedics also responded, but the victim refused medical treatment, police added. The gunman had fled before deputies arrived, police noted.

    In an effort to find the shooting suspect — later identified as Brewster — HCSO deputies launched a drone at 5:59 a.m., within moments after arriving, and the aerial vantage that it provided enabled them to locate Brewster behind nearby apartments in the 300 block of Sunflower Drive, according to police. Deputies found Brewster hiding under a tree and arrested him at 6:14 a.m., some 15 minutes after the drone had been launched, police reported.

    “When speaking with the victims on Highland Road, it was determined Brewster confronted the first victim as she walked into the breezeway portion of her home. Brewster threatened her with a gun and told her to turn around and place her hands behind her back. The second victim, hearing the commotion, entered the breezeway and confronted Brewster, who fled from the house. While fleeing, he fired in the direction of the house, striking the first victim,” an HCSO spokesperson outlined.

    During the investigation, HCSO detectives also developed Brewster as a suspect in an attempted burglary that had occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, some four hours earlier, in the 600 block of Hanna Road near Bel Air, according to police.

    Brewster’s criminal record includes five adjudicated Cecil County Circuit Court cases between 2011 and 2019, court records show. The list includes Brewster receiving a three-year prison term — by way of a seven-year sentence with four years suspended — in April 2019 for possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute; a suspended five-year sentence in October 2019 for third-degree burglary; and a suspended three-year sentence in June 2014 for possession of a controlled and dangerous substance, according to court records.

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