Crime Blotter: Precinct 12/ Dundalk
First Degree Burglary: Officers from the Dundalk precinct were called to the 7500 block of Poplar Avenue on Aug. 7 shortly before 9 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the location through a rear door, stole the victim’s cash and left the location.
Robbery: On Aug. 6, officers responded to a robbery at the intersection of Dunmanway and Yorkway. At 9 p.m., victim was walking when suspect approached from behind, grabbed her purse and threw her to the ground. Anyone with information regarding this incident should call Baltimore County Police.
Robbery: Around 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 6, Baltimore County police received a call about a robbery in the 6700 block of Holabird Avenue. The suspect assaulted the victim and took cash before fleeing in an unknown direction.
North Point Precinct officer, civilian shot in Dundalk Avenue shootout
An officer and a civilian were in serious condition following an armed robbery and subsequent shootout with police on Wednesday, June 7, in Dundalk. The robbery suspect was pronounced deceased after the incident.
Investigation has revealed that officers were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Dundalk Avenue and Avon Beach Road for an armed street robbery in progress. Officers had received information that a single male suspect, later identified as Blaine Robert Erb, 35, of no fixed address, approached and robbed two people at gunpoint. Police arriving on the scene were updated with information that the suspect fled the scene onto a Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police located the bus a short distance from the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Avenue and initiated an investigative traffic stop.
When officers attempted to confront the suspect on the bus, he began shooting at the officers, firing repeatedly. The officers returned fire. After exchanging gunfire for an extended period, the suspect attempted to flee the MTA bus. He collapsed a short distance from the bus, suffering at least one gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased.
During the exchange of gunfire, one officer and one civilian each suffered at least one gunshot wound. The officer, identified as Officer First Class Slocum, a 13-year BCoPD veteran assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk, was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she remained hospitalized and in serious condition as of June 8. The civilian, a 21-year-old female from the 5000 block of Queensberry Ave. in Baltimore, also suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body during the incident and is expected to survive her injury.
Two .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns were found next to the suspect's body, as well as numerous gun magazines and ammunition. Detectives have determined that the firearms have not been reported stolen but continue to investigate to identify the last known registered owner. Erb is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to a prior conviction for an armed robbery. The investigation has determined that Erb had a lengthy criminal history in Maryland and neighboring states, including charges for robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. He also had an open warrant in Pennsylvania.
Detectives have identified five civilians who were on the bus when the incident began, but continue to investigate to determine if there were more.
The investigation has determined that four officers fired rounds at the suspect from their service weapons. The first three are identified as 5.5-year veteran Officer First Class Carver, 3.5-year veteran Officer First Class Leary, 14.5-year veteran Officer First Class Minton, all assigned to Precinct 12. The fourth officer is a 17-year veteran of the force whose name will be withheld due to the officer's duty assignment. All four officers have been placed on routine administrative leave, and one of the officers involved have any prior combat shooting involvement.
Body-camera footage of this incident is part of the ongoing investigation. The MTA bus was equipped with working surveillance cameras, and any footage captured from these cameras will be part of the investigation as well.