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Harford teen wanted for November murder in Edgewood arrested after walking in front of police in Baltimore

Anthony Martin Jr. is charged in the Nov. 1, 2019, shooting death of a 40-year-old Joppa man, in what was believed to be an armed robbery.
Anthony Martin Jr. is charged in the Nov. 1, 2019, shooting death of a 40-year-old Joppa man, in what was believed to be an armed robbery. (Courtesy Harford County Sheriff's Office)

Police may have had luck on their side when a teenager wanted for a November homicide in Edgewood walked out of a vacant rowhouse in Baltimore on Wednesday in front of officers, who arrested him on sight.

For more than three months, Harford County police had been searching for Anthony Lamar Martin Jr., 16, in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting of Joshua Dwayne Crouse, a 40-year-old from Joppa.

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Martin, of the 2900 block of Siwanoy Drive in Edgewood, is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery and additional charges. He is being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center, awaiting a bail review hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Harford County District Court.

Court records do not list an attorney for Martin.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler said law enforcement had received information Martin was in Baltimore, and his agency was working with Baltimore city and county police to locate him.

The teen walked out of a rowhouse on Rockrose Avenue and right in front of Baltimore County Police officers, who identified him, leading Harford County authorities to arrest him without injury Wednesday night around 8 p.m., Gahler said.

Investigators are still piecing together where Martin was during the three-and-a-half months sheriff’s deputies have been searching for him, but Gahler said it was unlikely he hid in the vacant home the whole time.

“For a 16-year-old without income, doesn’t have a credit card, some of that benefits him in that he really doesn’t have a footprint that we can track,” Gahler said. “It also raises the question ‘did he have assistance from other people?’"

Nothing was recovered from the home, and police found nobody else there.

A Harford County Sheriff's vehicle sits at the corner of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive in the days after a 40-year-old Joppa man was shot and killed Nov. 1, 2019.
A Harford County Sheriff's vehicle sits at the corner of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive in the days after a 40-year-old Joppa man was shot and killed Nov. 1, 2019. (Erika Butler/The Aegis)

Deputies were on proactive foot patrol in the area of Edgewater Village around 3:20 a.m. Nov. 1 when they heard a gunshot from the area of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive, police said. Deputies responded and found Crouse in the road in the 1800 block of Grempler Way.

Medics from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded and pronounced Crouse dead at 3:50 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

To Gahler’s knowledge, the Crouse and Martin had met each other earlier in the night of Nov. 1 — before the “brief” meeting “for whatever purposes” where Crouse was killed with one shot to the upper body. Surveillance video from the area led to deputies identifying the teen as a suspect, and a school resource officer was able to identify Martin from the footage, he said.

Gahler could not speculate on why the two met but noted that money was taken off Crouse’s body.

Charging documents filed in district court, however, allege Crouse met with Martin at the Shell station in the 1800 block of Pulaski Highway in Edgewood prior to the shooting, and had arranged to purchase $60 of drugs from Martin.

When the two met up on Grempler Way, Martin approached Crouse with a firearm, attempting to rob him of the $60, and shot him once, according to documents.

Eyewitnesses on the scene provided a description of the shooter and told police he was inside the Shell station prior to the meeting on Grempler Way, the documents state. Video obtained from the gas station showed the individual described by the two witnesses, who later picked Martin out of a photo lineup, according to the documents.

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Martin’s father, Anthony Lamar Martin Sr., was also wanted by the sheriff’s office on unrelated charges and was arrested earlier this week.

Gahler said he believed the younger Martin’s “options began to close up a little bit” after his father was arrested on outstanding child support and misdemeanor warrants at an Aberdeen Royal Farms when an off-duty warrant officer noticed him in the store Monday.

The possibility of more charges being filed against people who could have hid Martin Jr. is still on the cards, Gahler said.

“If he had assistance out there from individuals who knew he was a homicide suspect being sought, then we would be more than happy to place charges against them as well for harboring," Gahler said. “This is a young man who posed a threat to public safety as long as he stayed on the street.”

More charges are “certainly possible,” Gahler said, depending on the investigation’s outcome.

A $10,000 reward was offered for information leading to Martin’s arrest, but nobody took it, Gahler said. He said the community is usually helpful and willing to give police information, but because the shooting took place at 3 a.m., few were likely to have witnessed it.

Of course, he said, there is the possibility of others deliberately hiding the teenager.

“I just don’t think the community had information to share,” Gahler said. "I suspect there are individuals who helped him stay hidden the last three months who said the $10,000 isn’t worth it.”

Crouse, the victim in the Nov. 1 shooting, had previously lived in an Edgewood house that burned down this summer, killing three. Bobbie Sue Hodge is charged with setting fire to the house. The shooting and the fire are not connected, Gahler said.

Crouse’s death was the fourth fatal shooting in Edgewood in 2019. With Martin’s arrest, there is only one of those incidents in which police are still searching for a suspect — the Feb. 10 shooting of Timothy Wayne Youngquist.

Youngquist was making a food delivery when he was shot in the 700 block of Monticello Court in what police believe was an attempted robbery. Medics took Youngquist to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was pronounced dead.

Police, who were told three males were seen running away, searched the area but did not find any suspects.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in Youngquist’s death.

Gahler said the investigation is still active and did not have more information to share on Youngquist’s death Thursday.

Police have made arrests in the two other shootings and those individuals are awaiting trial.

On Nov. 22, police arrested Sheron Tashawn Garrett, 28, of Baltimore, in connection with the fatal shooting of Deandre Sellers, 27, also of Baltimore, in the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive in Edgewood, on Sept. 29. His trial is tentatively scheduled for April 21 in Harford County Circuit Court.

Rahzir Martin Meyers, 18, of Abingdon, is charged with the July 4 murder of 15-year-old Khalil Lephonzo Johnson, of Edgewood. Police said the two were members of rival street gangs. Meyers is scheduled to stand trial April 13.

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Aegis Editor S. Wayne Carter Jr. contributed to this article.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrect stated which agency placed Anthony Martin Jr. under arrest. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office arrested him.

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