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Three 2012 Homicides Remain Unsolved

Cases in Oella, Towson and Woodlawn were among the 23 homicide cases investigated in Baltimore County last year.

The homicide detectives in the Baltimore County Police Department continue to solve more homicides than the national average but three cases in 2012 remain unsolved.

But suspects remain elusive in three cases:

  • Janell Earlita Balogun, 33, of the 2700 block of Rittenhouse Avenue in Baltimore. Balogun's body was found in a wooded area off Frederick Road near Oella on June 10. There were no obvious signs of trauma but her death was ruled a homicide.
  • Keyon Donte Henry, 19. Henry was found shot June 29 in the 2700 block of Claybrooke Drive in Woodlawn, the same block he lived in. He later died at Shock Trauma. Police said at the time that Henry and a friend were standing on that street when a man approached them, shot the victim and fled on foot. 
  • Alsawab Sawab, 27. Sawab was found shot inside his apartment in the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle in Towson on Nov. 25. Police have no suspects in the case but said at the time there were no signs of forced entry and that they believed the attack was not random.

The department announced Wednesday that it solved 86.9 percent of the 23 cases in 2012—just slightly lower than its five year average of 89.8 percent.

The clearance rate for homicides nationwide in 2011 was 64.8 percent, according to statistics compiled by the FBI.

Police ask anyone with information about any of these crimes to call 410-307-2020

Needaname January 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Was the driver of the hit and run in Towson, involving the Towson University Student ever solved ? I drive by the memorial on the cemetery hill several times a week. So sad.
Linda O'Brien January 04, 2013 at 02:46 AM
That was a homicide as well that you neglected to mention. and no they did not solve Ryan's murder.
Karl January 04, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Maybe BCPD does not consider death by hit and run a homicide until after the driver is convicted of homicide? Typically, the circumstances surrounding a killing determine whether it is criminal. The intent of the killer usually determines whether a criminal homicide is classified as murder or Manslaughter and at what degree.
Bryan P. Sears January 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
The hit and run accident involving Ryan Bailey (http://patch.com/A-sfdH) is not classified as a homicide, Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman, said Friday morning. This is typical in most cases where someone dies as a result of an incident involving a vehicle and is based on the FBI's uniform crime reporting guidelines, Armacost said. That does not mean that criminal charges would not be applied if the driver is found. Homicide determinations related to vehicle deaths do apply when police have specific evidence showing that the driver used the car as a weapon with the express intent of killing the victim, Armacost said. The driver and vehicle involved in Bailey's death have not been found. Armacost said the investigation remains open.

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