Crime, Police/Fire

Comfort Inn homicide suspect identified, charged

PARKVILLE, MD – Police in Baltimore County have identified and charged the suspect responsible for a July 18th homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Deonte James Griffin, 26, of the 3700-block of Eastman Road (21133), has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence.

He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, pending a bail review at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Officers responded to the hotel located at 8801 Loch Raven Boulevard at just before 2:30 a.m. on Thursday for a report of a man with a gun. When officers arrived they were directed to a room inside the hotel where they discovered an adult man – now identified as Jeremiah David Koch, 30, from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania – with trauma to the upper body. Koch was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

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