Two suspects remain held without bail after robbing a business owner at gunpoint and attempting to extort an additional $30,000.
Anthony Smith (32) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dana Jackson (22) with no fixed address are both charged with armed robbery, robbery, and theft. Additionally, Smith is charged with first and second degree assault, the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, illegal possession of a handgun, and extortion. They both remain held on no bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.
Smith and Jackson were arrested during a traffic stop on July 16 after detectives watched Smith take a bait package left in a designated location following Smith's demand of $30,000 from a local business owner. Detectives recovered the bait package and a loaded handgun, along with additional evidence, during the execution of a search warrant on the suspect vehicle following the arrests.
The Armed Robbery
The incident stemmed from an armed robbery at the victim's home at an undisclosed location in Baltimore County in the early morning hours on July 14. As the victim was returning home around 1:45 a.m. he was met at his door by Smith, who pointed a gun at him and ordered him inside. Smith demanded cash from the victim, then ransacked the home for valuables, including a wallet with credit cards. During the incident, Smith was on the phone with a female who was later identified as Jackson. Jackson ordered Smith to obtain the PIN numbers for the credit cards, but when the victim was unable to provide them, Smith repeatedly struck the victim in the face, causing serious facial injuries.
Before fleeing the location, Smith demanded information about the victim's business partner and threatened to kill him if he called police. Smith would later leave a threatening note at the business partner's home demanding $30,000 be left at a designated location. After Smith left, the victim called his business partner to warn him, and then they called police.
Over the next 34 hours members of the Baltimore County Police Department from patrol, Robbery Unit, Criminal Apprehension Support Team, Intelligence Unit, Tactical Unit and Aviation worked tirelessly together in investigating, collecting evidence, and catching Smith and Jackson. The collaborative effort among these officers and detectives led to their quick identification and arrest, ensuring the safety of the victim, his business partner, and the rest of the community.
"I'm really proud of the work that everyone involved put into this case. Their dedication and commitment to law enforcement and the people of Baltimore County is evident in the quality and swiftness of this investigation," said Chief Hyatt. "It makes me proud to be a part of this organization."*Information regarding the victims' names and locations of the crimes are being withheld to protect the victims in this case.