On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 7, police closed Frederick road for around three hours as they searched for a suspect involved in a Police incident Tuesday night. The Catonsville suspect turned himself into police.
Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer patrolled local entrances to the Patapsco Valley State Park. The park closes at dusk and its the role of police to ensure that the parks are clear of guests. As the officer approached the entrance to the Buzzard's Rock trail on Hilltop road in Catonsville, he noticed a white SUV parked in the lot.
According to the statement released by the Maryland Natural Resources Police
, The officer pulled in behind the SUV, and approached the vehicle to let them know the park was closed. They apparently argued, then the driver reversed his vehicle, striking the officer's patrol truck. The suspect attempted to run over the officer before fleeing down Hilltop road toward Frederick road. The officer broke the drivers side window with his arm and then fired multiple shots at the vehicle as it fled. He suffered a minor injury to his arm.
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The scene of the incident[/caption]
Read the full report below:
"A Natural Resources Police officer was on patrol in Patapsco Valley State Park at closing time to ensure day users were out and that the campground was secure.
At about 10 pm, he noticed a white SUV in the parking area off Hilltop Road. He pulled in behind the SUV. The driver put his car in reverse and struck the officer's patrol truck. He then attempted to run over the officer.
The officer fired several shots and managed to break the driver's side window with his arm.
The SUV sped up Hilltop Road toward Frederick Road.
The officer, a veteran of more than 25 years with Natural Resources Police, was taken to Northwest Hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. He was released early this morning.
The SUV driver is a white man in his 20s, trim reddish hair and beard.
The SUV has damage to the front end, a broken driver's side window and possible bullet holes.
Please call 410-260-8888 if you can help us"
A Manhunt in Small Town Catonsville
On Wednesday afternoon, police received a call that the suspect's vehicle was behind a home in the 1600 block of Frederick Road. Around 1 p.m., SWAT teams and police swarmed the home to look for the suspect. Frederick road remained closed between S. Rolling and N. Rolling road as the search continued. Nearby, Hillcrest Elementary remained on lock down as other schools in the area kept students indoors.
By 3:30 p.m. the scene cleared after the suspect turned himself into the Baltimore County Police station in Towson.
Police identified the suspect as Harrison Lee Bartels, 20, of Catonsville. In a March 15 comment on Bartels' Facebook page, he wrote that he was "getting [his] health figured out." The comment was made in response to a friend asking how he was, suggesting that perhaps Bartels was struggling with either mental or physical health issues.
Police are charging Bartels with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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Harrison Lee Bartels of Catonsville, Maryland[/caption]
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