Baltimore County Police have announced the identity of a man found dead inside a Towson hotel Thursday morning as well as the arrest of a man they suspect is responsible for his death.
The victim was identified as Jeremiah David Koch, 30, of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, officials wrote on Twitter.
The department Thursday evening did not release the identity of the suspect taken into custody. His name will be released pending formal charges, authorities said.
Police responded to the 8800 block of Loch Raven Blvd., near the entrance to Interstate 695, about 2:26 a.m. after a report of a man with a gun.
After arriving, police found Koch dead inside a hotel room.
The man’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide and are still searching for a suspect.
Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said the Koch suffered upper-body trauma. Peach said the department couldn’t confirm if the man had been shot to death.
A pickup truck was towed from the hotel parking lot to police headquarters to be processed for any potential evidence, Peach said. It’s unclear who owns the vehicle and how it may be related to the case.
Hotel employee Muhsina Lalani said she was finishing up the hotel’s nightly money audit when she noticed a patron running through the stairwell who alerted her to the incident.
The 26-year-old has been living and working at the hotel for a month and a half. She started her shift at 11 p.m. Wednesday and was all by herself when the incident happened.
The man, whose connection to the incident wasn’t clear, burst into the Comfort Inn’s lobby yelling “Call 911, call 911," Lalani said.
“I had no idea at the time I was making a call for someone who had died,” Lalani said.