Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 28, 2009

Apparent murder-suicide found in Annapolis

A man and woman were found dead in an Annapolis apartment just after midnight yesterday after a woman called police and said "get us or you will find two dead bodies," Anne Arundel County police said. The bodies of a 43-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were found in the master bedroom of an apartment they shared in the 600 block of Admiral Drive, police said. Both had suffered gunshot wounds in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, police said. Police did not release the names of the victims, their relationship to one another or who they believed had fired a gun found at the scene. The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies, police said.

Julie Scharper

Owings Mills man charged with rape

Baltimore County police have arrested and charged a man with attacking and raping a woman who was walking home on a footpath near her Owings Mills home Saturday night. The attack occurred about 11 p.m. in a wooded area near Strawhat and Groffs Mill drives, according to Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. Police said a male bystander witnessed the rape and was told by the man to leave or he would shoot him. Police said no gun was displayed. During the rape, the woman was able to fight her way free of the man and returned to her home. County police officers arrived on the scene and were able to identity and arrest a suspect within an hour, Hill said. The suspect was identified as Jose Daniel Portillo-Fuentes, 30, who lives in the first block of Strawhat Drive. He was charged with first-degree rape and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes

Harford authorities seek Fallston bank robber

The Harford County sheriff's office is seeking a man who robbed a Fallston bank Monday after implying that he had a weapon, authorities said. The robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at a BB&T bank branch in the 2400 block of Baldwin Mill Road. The man, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, left the bank in a late-model Ford Ranger, which was found later.

Gus G. Sentementes

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