Crime, Police/Fire

Joppa homicide suspect arrested in Towson



JOPPA, MD—A man has been arrested in connection with the weekend murder of William Doran in Joppa.

At 6:45 p.m. on December 10, 2021, officers responded to the 500-block of Dembytown Road in Joppa for a report of a single vehicle collision. Upon the arrival of deputies, medics were performing CPR on an adult male, identified as William James Doran, 29, of Joppa. While evaluating Doran for care, medics discovered he was shot in the upper body. Medics transported Doran to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation was assumed by detectives with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division who were supported by investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Unit.

After an initial investigation, Alton William Cumbo Jr., 28, of Edgewood, was developed as the suspect. On December 14, 2021, an arrest warrant was issued for Cumbo charging him with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault.

At around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Cumbo was taken into custody. The arrest was made without incident and was made while Cumbo was walking his dog in a residential part of Towson.

Police say Cumbo and Doran knew each other. Cumbo had threatened Doran earlier in the day.

“We want to thank all who helped with this case,” said Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler. “It’s because of these positive relationships with entities such as the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack and the Baltimore County Police, that we were able to take this dangerous individual into custody. Their help, along with information and support from our community, has ensured that a murderer will have his day in court.”



Anyone with information about this crime, or who may have video of the incident, is asked to call Detective Moro, with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, at 443-409-3154. Those who wish to remain anonymous, may report their information through Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Alton William Cumbo

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