Towson University police detectives honored for solving case

Three tracked down pair of suspects in armed robbery, home invasion

September 11, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

Three Towson University detectives have been awarded the campus Police Department's Medal of Merit after solving an armed robbery and home invasion in which a student was clubbed with a crowbar.

The three detectives, Frank Remesch, Matthew Tewey and Richard Saylor, were among the first officers to arrive when the call for help came from a campus dormitory March 22, but the attackers had already fled. One attacker was armed with a handgun, the other a crowbar, with which he reportedly struck a student on the forehead after bursting into his room, police said.

Three days later, the detectives made their first arrest in the case, student Jerry Young Jr. of Peerless Avenue in Gwynn Oak. On April 13, they captured the second suspect after chasing him through backyards and alleyways in the Forest Park area of Baltimore. He was identified as Jarard Larmarr Nelson of Chatham Road in Gwynn Oak.

Both suspects await trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court on multiple felony charges, including armed robbery, breaking and entering, first-degree assault and using a handgun in a felony.

It is the second time Saylor has been awarded the Medal of Merit. The first was in 2005, when he rescued a child from the roof of the University Union.

Saylor retired from the Baltimore County Police Department after 30 years and has worked at Towson since 2003. Remesch is a 22-year veteran who transferred to Towson from the Police Department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Tewey started as a police aide on the Towson campus 12 years ago.

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