CRIME & SAFETY
Waitress Assaulted by Regular Customer, Suspect on the Run, Say Agents
A regular at Lesly’s Grill in Riverdale, identified as Carlos Flores-Matute, is wanted for a brutal assault and rape of a local waitress. After a shared taxi ride, the victim was attacked at Flores-Matute's residence. Now missing, authorities fear this undocumented citizen may strike again and urge public assistance in his capture.
Passenger Killed, Driver Critical After Anne Arundel County Crash, Police Say
Shortly after midnight on Thursday morning, officers were called to the intersection of Fort Smallwood Road at the intersection of Bay Harbor Road in Pasadena, where there was an Infiniti G37 that smashed into the pole. According to investigators, the driver, Meziah Johnson, 23, lost control and the Infiniti left...
Porch pirates on the prowl, Baltimore residents take action
‘Tis the season for online shopping, package delivery and porch pirates. Some Baltimore residents are coming up with creative ways to protect their goods. “You can’t just buy some Gucci slides and have them put on your porch and leave them all day until you get off work and (think) nobody is going to touch it,” a Canton resident named Chris said.
Weekly Safety Report: Fatal Crash, Townhouse Fire, and Stabbing Incident in Howard County, Maryland
This week in Howard County, Maryland, there were three notable incidents. Firstly, a driver was killed in a single-car crash in Ellicott City. The vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree, and it is believed that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the collision. Secondly, Howard County Fire responded to a townhouse fire in Jessup, which had extended to two adjacent townhouses. One person was injured and taken to the hospital, and it is unclear how many people were displaced by the fire. Lastly, a man allegedly stabbed his twin sister in Ellicott City, Maryland, and was arrested after a 65-mile car chase in New Jersey.
Mysterious Disappearance Of Amazon Truck Driver Sparks Questions
Wagswoofs – Police tow Amazon truck after apparent abandonment. Last night, the police in Sherwood Forest, AA County, got a call about an Amazon delivery truck that was parked on the road and didn’t seem to have a driver. The county police quickly looked into the situation and chose to tow the truck away. It is important to note that the picture attached is merely an example of an Amazon truck and is unrelated to the incident in our neighborhood. The safety of the driver who goes missing is our main worry. The Anne Arundel County Police website does not have any information about this event at this time. We would really appreciate it if you could share any information you have about this event with us.
Parent Sentenced to Life for Child’s Death
Thank you for reading Baltimore Witness. Help us continue our mission into 2024. On Dec. 6, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jeannie J. Hong sentenced a woman to life in prison after she pleaded guilty in the death of her four-year-old son in 2019. Shateka Lawson, 44, was charged with...
Another teen arrested in Brooklyn Homes mass shooting
Another 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the Brooklyn Homes mass shooting and will be tried as an adult. The teen was seen on video removing a gun from a backpack, and while he faces firearm charges, he has not been charged with shooting anyone. His attorney has maintained...
Baltimore woman's car vandalized; police searching for scissor-wielding suspect
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Baltimore Police are investigating a vandalism to an Upper Fells woman's vehicle. Sarah Patel walked to her car near Banks and Broadway to find the entire driver's side had been scratched. When Patel looked at the car's surveillance system, she was amazed by what she saw.
School Bus Crash in Preston, One Driver Flown to Baltimore
PRESTON, MD - The Maryland State Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus Friday morning that left a driver seriously injured. According to police, just before 11:30 a.m. on December 8th, a car was driving west on Grove Road towards the intersection of Bethlehem Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign. The car entered the path of a school bus on Bethlehem Road and was struck by the bus. Police say there were no students on the bus at the time of the crash.
AG's Office opens an independent investigation following a deadly crash
The Attorney General’s Office has opened an independent investigation following a deadly crash in Pasadena that happened Thursday morning.
Help Baltimore police find 42-year-old woman missing since 2019
BALTIMORE, MD (WBFF) — Baltimore Police are asking for the public's help to locate 42-year-old Brandy Winkler of Baltimore. Winkler was first reported missing on May 22, 2019, from the 1000 block of North Janey Street. She is 5'7" and weighs approximately 150lbs. The family of Brandy Winkler is...
Parents of slain tech trailblazer Pava LaPere honor their daughter's legacy
In an exclusive interview, the parents of slain tech entrepreneur Pava LaPere share their daughter's legacy. LaPere, a Baltimore business leader and founder of Ecom map, was tragically killed in her apartment. Her parents are now working to continue her work, with scholarships and endowments in her name in the pipeline.
Surveillance video shows quick and 'brazen' carjacking in South Baltimore; data shows car thefts rising
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Newly obtained surveillance video from a carjacking in South Baltimore shows how fast someone can become a victim as the trends continue to climb. The video shows that within 60 seconds, a man pulls his car into a driveway, and suspects block him in by parking another car in front of the driveway. Two suspects get out of the backseat of the car and run up to the man in his vehicle. One suspect put what appears to be a gun up to the passenger side window while the other suspect pulled the driver out of the vehicle.
Baltimore Residents Respond to Ivan Bates' Stance on Crime Ahead of Mayoral Elections
Baltimore City residents share their reactions to State's Attorney Ivan Bates' tough stance on crime ahead of the mayoral elections. While some appreciate the hardline approach, others express a desire for more focus on underlying issues like education.
Two-Alarm Blaze Breaks Out At Reisterstown Lumber Company
A Baltimore business suffered extensive damage on Friday morning when a two-alarm fire broke out that took more than an hour to control. At around 4 a.m. on Friday, crews from the Baltimore County Fire Department were called to the Reisterstown Lumber Company in the 13000 block of Old Hanover Road, where the building was "well involved" in fire, officials said.
Sgt. Patrick Kepp, Who Lost Both of His Legs After Being Intentionally Struck By Driver, Was Transported to Walter Reed Today
Sergeant Patrick Kepp of Montgomery County Police was transported from Baltimore to Walter Reed with a Montgomery County Police Department central traffic escort earlier this afternoon. The motorcade traveled down Interstate 95 to the Intercounty Connector/ MD 200, I-270 before exiting onto Wisconsin Avenue. Kepp lost both of his legs...
Baltimore woman sentenced in death of boy who was burned, found in dumpster
A Baltimore woman was sentenced Wednesday in the death of her partner’s 4-year-old son. Shatika Lawson, 44, will spend 30 years in prison and five years’ probation for child abuse resulting in death. Police said Malachi Lawson, 4, died in 2019 from severe burns after being put into a hot bath.
Teenager Arrested for Fatal Shooting of Pennsylvania Teen Over Car Sale Dispute
• An 18-year-old from Baltimore, Marques Harris, has been charged with the shooting death of Carlos Carrazana-Ricardo, a teenager from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The incident occurred when Carrazana-Ricardo decided not to buy a car from Harris, which was listed on Facebook Marketplace.
Juveniles utilizing apps to commit crimes, police say
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Four teens were taken into custody after investigators say they used a rideshare app to gain access to the driver, then assaulting and carjacking him in west Baltimore. It's the latest example of juveniles utilizing an app or website that offers a good or service in...
Another crash less than a month after WMAR-2 News report on unsafe intersection
It happened again. Less than a month after we reported on neighbors' concerns over an intersection in Baltimore, a car crashed into a pole there this morning. The city plans to take action.